In my job as a school librarian, I occasionally run into books with unfortunate covers. By “unfortunate” I mean this: an otherwise solid book is saddled with cover art that does nothing for its kid appeal. You just know that no matter how hard you try to recommend it to a student, they’re gonna take one look at that cover, quietly put it back on the shelf and begin to think you’re nuts. In an effort to bring these transgressions to light, I present to you the first in a series of these unfortunate covers:

“Superfudge”

1982 Dell Yearling paperback edition. I dare you to take one look at this cover and not be at least a little creeped out. For me, its the facial expressions that do it. Thankfully “Superfudge” has undergone a few makeovers since this one.