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Unfortunate Covers (#12)

For the uninitiated:

An Unfortunate Cover occurs when a less than appealing cover is wrapped around excellent and/or classic book. Take a look at some of the past Unfortunate Cover selections:

#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11.

Before we do anything else, I have to ask you something:

Q: What do you call a romance novel cover without the woman?



Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.

Really, picking on an Apple Classics cover is akin to shooting fish in a barrel – these are all showing their age at this point. But this one just stood out. Or I should say reverse stood out.


Not only does the mood and setting look straight outta the romance section of your local used book store, but doesn’t this guy bear a striking resemblance to late 80’s tv star Richard Greico (of 21 Jump Street fame)? Or is it just me?





Covers Week continues tomorrow with a Cover Controversy that will rock the boat. Click here for a full schedule of events.

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. violet jenkins says

    I strongly disagree, he does not look anything like the Richard Greico.
    Richard is very handsome and is the best looking man that came out of the 80’s.

  2. Scope Notes says

    I strongly disagree with you. This guy looks like Richard Greico.

  3. I do not even remember him from 21 Jump Street. Johnny Depp stole my heart–although Holly Robinson was unforgettable, too.


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