It’s been a while since we’ve done this (poor Homer Price) so let’s do a little recap.
If a good book is sporting a cover that isn’t helping, you’ve got yourself an Unfortunate Cover.
The Unfortunate Cover can be a tough situation to remedy. You can booktalk the heck out of it to spur some interest, or redirect every readers advisory interview toward it (kid: “Uh, but I was looking for a biography of One Direction?” me: “Well, this book is, uh, sort of similar?”), or you could put it face out and wait. And wait.
A lot of times a outdated cover is just a tough hurdle to jump. Today’s inductee is currently in my 5th and 6th grade school, and you might have this one too.
Nighty Nightmare by James Howe
I feel like there are a lot of libraries out there with aging James Howe sections. I think one of the issues with this particular cover is that once you get a couple feet away, you can’t really tell what’s going on (“is that a humpback deer?”). Thankfully, for those looking to update, there are some options.