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Reviewing Notes: Treasure Island

Happy holidays! The blog will be back up and running on January 7. Until then, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite posts from the 100 Scope Notes archives.

Unfortunate Covers (#11)

Sometimes a cover doesn’t match the tone of the book it’s wrapped around. Such is the case of our most recent Unfortunate Cover candidate:


Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

The world’s most listless treasure hunt. I feel like the artist was working with some models who weren’t that into it.

Cover Artist: “Alright, we need some action here. Bend forward a bit, and you, boy, robotically raise your arm like you’re moving.”


“Okay guys, Treasure Island is a ripping adventure story. Show me an expression like you’re just about to find a chest full of gold!”


“Never mind.”

Click the links below to read previous Unfortunate Covers posts:

#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I think he was using a Lego character for the boy. Looks like he bent it at the waist, twisted the arms forward, and voila!

  2. It actually works really well once you realize that Jim and Silver are bowling. Jim has just released the ball and both are watching the ball drift towards the gutter. Long John Silver is planning to shoot the pin mechanism when it comes down.