Marketing with book covers varies from publisher to publisher and author to author. Many like to have their covers tell you exactly what kind of book it is and what it might contain. This can be great. You do not want books with racy scenes given to you middle schooler or younger child. A book that has a picture on the cover that tells you that this book might be inappropriate can be appreciated. Book covers can be very revealing about the type of book you or your child is reading. But what do you do when the cover is cryptic?
The book you pick up might just have a flower on the front. It could have an eye. Maybe a tree is the only thing gracing the cover of the book. How can you tell what it is about? Maybe the flower represents the horticultural club, or it might signify a romance novel. An eye could be the eye of a cat who witnessed a crime or an eye of a dragon. Cryptic covers can be very confusing. Do not judge these too quickly. You need to investigate further so you do not miss out a gem.
If the cover just does not satisfy your curiosity about a book, look to the back and read the synopsis. This usually tells you if the book contains material that you consider inappropriate or not. Read what the book is about. If you cannot find a summary on the back, open the front cover. You might find it there. Even reviews can give you an insight into the contents. There are times when the publisher is just not cutting you a break. If you still cannot figure it out, thumb through the book. If you still cannot, do not get it and check for reviews online. Better safe than sorry.
Books are wonderful, yet we want to make sure that what we read is what we like and is appropriate for the reader. Do not judge a book by its cover. Use the cover to help understand the book.