Unfortunate Covers (#16)
An Unfortunate Cover occurs when a good book has a cover that isn’t holding up its end of the bargain. The latest addition to the Hall of Cover Infamy certainly fits this description.
While Apple Paperbacks make for pretty easy targets, sometimes you just have to shoot that fish in the barrel.
Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli
I think a zoom-in is appropriate:
It’s hard to say exactly what makes this cover unfortunate. Could it be the redhead with the mullet, pleated jeans and a Members Only jacket? Is it the tough kid in the Canadian Tuxedo and Warriors-esque headband?
Well, yeah, it’s probably one of those two things. Possibly both.
Good to know that this cover has had a more recent update.
Check out previous Unfortunate Covers:
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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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