Unfortunate Covers (#10)
To review: Unfortunate Cover = Good Book + Cover Which is Doing No Favors for Shelf Appeal of Said Good Book. Some Unfortunate Covers picks have been downright tough to call out. Especially #3 and #9:
This one? This is really like shooting fish in a barrel. Almost too easy. Let’s take a look:
Old Yeller by Frank Gipson.
Oooh – not good. Showing this version of Gipson’s staple to young readers may induce a response beyond just a simple “politely put it back on the shelf”. There is a pretty good possibility of getting heckled on this one. The cover image has a stiff quality that, and I might be mistaken here, appears to stem from a pretty primitive airbrush job. Taken from the 1957 film, this cover has thankfully been retired for some time.
A related aside: don’t you hate it when books take images from the movie? Has there ever been a movie tie-in cover that has trumped the original? I daresay never.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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