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Can Someone Explain This Book Cover To Me?

I’ve been known to post about bad book covers before. The cover I featured in this post is perhaps the worst book cover I’ve ever seen–in that “so bad it’s good” kind of way.

Lousy Book Covers is one of my favorite sites, and it’s often the inspiration for these posts.

A few weeks ago, they posted this cover. And, well, I’m speechless.

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To add more mystery here, the book is classified as children’s fiction.

The description:

Mugged by Baboons is a riveting recollection of real life encounters and escapades with lions, cheetah, baboons, leopards, elephants, crocodile, hyenas and hippo.

The stories are all based on real life occurrence of growing up in rural Africa which is full of raw adventure and life lessons.

So she fed wild baboons and somehow got “mugged?”

I don’t really want to make fun of this novel, because the author’s intent in self-publishing it is to raise money to build a well for safe drinking water in his village in Africa.

So maybe we should just all buy the book and help the guy out? Then we can truly figure out how a baboon goes about mugging a woman!

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  1. From what you have written, I wouldn’t start making fun of the book yet. But on the cover, what does a woman in a pretty dress on the beach at some ungodly hour have to do with baboons in Africa? I don’t know if the book cover is lousy, because it is sharp and attractive. But has nothing to do with the contents of the book it seems.

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    April 3, 2015
    • I can tell you EXACTLY why this cover exists: Those self-styled, charlatan book cover designers (even the major ones on the Internet) offering self-publishing advice and service$ taking advantage of design-clueless aspiring novelists, say that the cover is CRITICAL. This, of course, was never really true considering that 95% of ALL books published were racked SPINE-OUT in a bookstore. A cover is important and should look professional; but it is only one element of any literary endeavor. In the digital domain, this is even more obvious when a potential reader can easily read the first chapter of any book without getting out of bed.

      In this case, the cover is cynical: “sex sells ya know.” That the photo is professionally done leads me to believe that the author employed one of these self-publishing ‘advice’/service$ sites.

      No one knows what makes a book become a bestseller. The only thing the publishing industry (and the rest of us through our good common sense) know for sure is that word of mouth works best of all (see ‘Harry Potter’ – initially turned down by EVERY major publisher in the world!)

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      April 3, 2015
  2. Reblogged this on Fonte da arte.

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    April 3, 2015
  3. J.R.Barker #

    It’s more funny if you see the cover bit by bit, mainly because I didn’t expect it.

    It’s not a bad cover, and the topic in question is not only quite common, but a very dangerous situation to find yourself in. Whether the cover relates to the title remains to be seen.

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    April 3, 2015
  4. Don’t know about the book yet but the cover is definitely not a match. I would see it more on a Coelho’s meditative novel not for a book about baboons.

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    April 3, 2015
  5. There are lots of baboons in southern Africa; thousands around Cape Point. And you can surely get attacked by them. They are quite aggressive. Sadly there are people every year who get their faces ripped off.

    So “mugged” is a word one usually associates with malicious intent of a human on a dark street someplace. But word play is well within the purview of the literate. And as for baboons on the beach, and pretty women on the beach… go to Africa!

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    April 3, 2015
  6. Reblogged this on Jin Okubo and commented:
    Ouch, from the info it sounds and looks like a memiore

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    April 3, 2015
  7. And thus the term: One should not judge a book by its cover.
    But I am with you. Confusing.

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    April 3, 2015
  8. Maybe it was one of those pre-made book covers and the guy got a deal on it.

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    April 3, 2015
  9. Thumbup #

    In that dress?

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    April 3, 2015
  10. If I thought about it hard enough – and was willing to make some racist mental connections – I suppose I could see connections between the art, the title, and the tagline… but I’d have to do some strange contortions to get there and assault the typical definition of “mugged.” (For example, if “mugged” could be interpreted as assaulted, kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery, and if your main character/victim was a lovely woman prone to vacationing on a beach, and if one took “baboon” to be an epithet for the slavers…)

    But then, you wouldn’t have a children’s book, now would you? So… yeah. I dunno. Weird.

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    April 3, 2015
  11. It just makes me think I should try to get my book on that Lousy Book Covers site so I can get more attention. 🙂 Hey, I’m new at this. I’ll take what I can get. I would have thought this cover was fine if the book was about a beach side romance.

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    April 3, 2015
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      April 5, 2015
  12. Aside from the title? Yeah I have never seen the bigger disconnect. They are clearly trying to hook the readers by making them think its about something else.

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    April 3, 2015
  13. You aren’t making this up?

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    April 3, 2015
  14. I think I’m in the minority, but I kind of like the cover. There’s such a disconnect between the title and the cover picture that it makes me curious to know what the book is actually about.

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    April 3, 2015
  15. If you think this one is odd, you should check out this tumblr. http://kindlecoverdisasters.tumblr.com/

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    April 3, 2015
  16. It actually happened to me! hahaha! I was about 7 yrs old and we had just moved there from NZ and went to Chapmans Peak in Cape Town to see and feed the baboons. So there we are and one baboon, while I was feeding another, grabbed my jacket from behind and almost dragged me down the mountain!! Really mine was more of a kidnapping I guess! 🙂 I even think we have a photo of it initially grabbing me…I had forgotten about that episode so thanks 🙂 funny but scary memory….bit like the title of the book 😉

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    April 3, 2015
  17. Easily the best book cover about Baboon muggings I have seen. Should be praised.

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    April 3, 2015
  18. I agree with you about the cover. If there are baboons hanging about, it makes absolutely no sense to walk around after dusk dressed like one of those perfume models in women’s magazines. And in regard to the poster who said baboons ripped people’s faces off, that sounds more like murder than mugging.

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    April 3, 2015
  19. Well, we’re talking about it. No such thing as bad publicity, right? I think I’ll buy it. It sounds like it supports a good cause.

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    April 5, 2015
  20. Baboons muggings are totally a thing. In Malaysia the monkeys at some of the temples and parks often steal food from unsuspecting visitors, but have also grabbed other things like keys – just anything that attracts their attention, especially if humans try and get too friendly or too near. So I get where this book is coming from, but the cover is decidedly odd…

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    April 5, 2015
  21. salvatoreodyssey #

    I can’t take this book seriously. I would have taken it it for a Life of Pi story, you know where the baboons are actually homeless people or something. Truth is stranger than fiction ( left swipe dat )

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    April 6, 2015

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