Unfortunate Covers (#21)
It’s been a while since we’ve done this (poor Homer Price) so let’s do a little recap.
If a good book is sporting a cover that isn’t helping, you’ve got yourself an Unfortunate Cover.
The Unfortunate Cover can be a tough situation to remedy. You can booktalk the heck out of it to spur some interest, or redirect every readers advisory interview toward it (kid: “Uh, but I was looking for a biography of One Direction?” me: “Well, this book is, uh, sort of similar?”), or you could put it face out and wait. And wait.
A lot of times a outdated cover is just a tough hurdle to jump. Today’s inductee is currently in my 5th and 6th grade school, and you might have this one too.
Nighty Nightmare by James Howe
I feel like there are a lot of libraries out there with aging James Howe sections. I think one of the issues with this particular cover is that once you get a couple feet away, you can’t really tell what’s going on (“is that a humpback deer?”). Thankfully, for those looking to update, there are some options.
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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