10 Truly Terrible Book Jacket Redesigns

enhanced-2920-1407762780-9This new cover for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, part of the new line of Penguin Modern Classics, caused a fuss last month, with detractors calling it “creepy” and “overly sexualized.” A Penguin spokesperson defended the cover, stressing that it was “intended for an adult audience” and explaining, “This new image for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory looks at the children at the centre of the story, and highlights the way Roald Dahl’s writing manages to embrace both the light and the dark aspects of life.” Right. But wherever you come down on the inappropriately sexualized thing, it’s also just kind of ugly and, as Margaret Talbot pointed out at The New Yorker, reminds one immediately of JonBenét Ramsey. Better not.