Unfortunate Covers (#17)
Great book, bad cover – that’s the credo of this ongoing series. Today’s candidate?
Black Fox of Lorne by Marguerite De Angeli
Nothing captures the excitement of this Scottish Viking tale like … the main characters awkwardly posed on a hillside. And, call me crazy, but something is going on with the king’s left arm. I tested this book on my students. I put it cover out with a big “Mr. Jonker” recommends sign sticking out of the top, which usually draws at least a couple looks. Not a bite. Sad to see. And this Newbery Honor winner is out of print, so I don’t expect a cover refresh coming any time soon.
Sing along with me:
(Yeah, this song isn’t really about book covers, but let’s just go with it)
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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 email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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