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Unfortunate Covers (#4)

For this edition of the ongoing Unfortunate Covers series, we’re back to Roald Dahl. Another great book with a cover that isn’t helping the cause:

Danny the Champion of the World

Even though I took lengthy measures to avoid math after high school, I’d like to put an equation out there for cover art designers:

Antique Gypsy Caravan ? Kid Appeal

This one is a favorite read aloud of mine with 4th grade students, and I always make a point to show the cover very briefly before diving into the story. Why? The cover sheds light on 0% of the humor and adventure contained within. Thankfully Roald Dahl covers get updated on a pretty regular basis.

(Take a look at previous Unfortunate Covers. #1, #2, #3)

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.


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