To review: Unfortunate Cover = Good Book + Cover Which is Doing No Favors for Shelf Appeal of Said Good Book. Some Unfortunate Covers picks have been downright tough to call out. Especially #3 and #9:

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

This one? This is really like shooting fish in a barrel. Almost too easy. Let’s take a look:


Old Yeller by Frank Gipson.

Zooming in:


Oooh – not good. Showing this version of Gipson’s staple to young readers may induce a response beyond just a simple “politely put it back on the shelf”. There is a pretty good possibility of getting heckled on this one. The cover image has a stiff quality that, and I might be mistaken here, appears to stem from a pretty primitive airbrush job. Taken from the 1957 film, this cover has thankfully been retired for some time.

A related aside: don’t you hate it when books take images from the movie? Has there ever been a movie tie-in cover that has trumped the original? I daresay never.