Children's Book Cover Parodies

Children's Book Cover Parodies

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Children's Book Cover Parodies are a series of photoshopped images spoofing a variety of well-known cover art illustrations for children's books. In the late 2000s, the concept was popularized through a number of hashtag games that prompted users to alter children's book titles in specific ways.


The first hashtag game that specifically involved alteration of a children's book title was #failedchildrensbooktitles[4], which was first tweeted out on July 18th, 2009.

The hashtag game was quickly picked up by celebrities such as Mindy Kaling[5] and Diablo Cody[6] on July 29th, when the hashtag was last tweeted out.


Children's book titles were included in hashtag games[7] with broader scopes throughout the early 2010s. On May 6th, 2011, The Huffington Post[12] collected children's book titles from the Better Book Titles blog to celebrate Children's Book week.


On May 31st, 2012, the hashtag #completedbooks[9] was first tweeted out by Twitter user @malki[10]. The game involves taking a book title and expanding on it to complete the thought. Children's book titles altered through the hashtag game include Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Harold and the Purple Crayon, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The best uses of the hashtag were collected by Slacktory[11] in a post published on the same day.


On October 4th, 2013, the hashtag #addawordruinabook was first tweeted out by DocEpador.[8] The game involves altering or adding to the title of a book that would make the book unpleasant or distasteful.Children's book titles doctored through the hashtag game include Harry Potter, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and A Wrinkle in Time. The hashtag pops up sporadically on Twitter, with its most recent use on January 20th, 2014.


#RuinaChildrensBook is a hashtag game played on Twitter that involves altering or adding to the title of a classic children's book that would make the book unpleasant or distasteful. On an episode of the Comedy Central show @Midnight which aired on March 24th, 2014, guests were ask to use the hashtag #RuinaChildrensBook in real time. Within 24 hours of the episode airing the hashtag #RuinaChildrensBook[3] was tweeted out over 126,000 times. On March 25th, The Daily Dot[1] and Bustle[4] published posts covering the spread of the hashtag.

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THE CAT IN PHARREL'S HAT Beginner Books ByDr.Seuss Hatb Potter AMOUNT OF FOR A FOURTHYEARSTUDENT 人 ROWLING Words with Triends E. B White PICTURES BY Garth Wifiams ORTON HIRES A HO By Dr.Seuss Scholastic 0-590-43388-1 /$3.50 US /$4.50 CAN APPLE PAPERBACKS THE #1 BABY SITTERS FIGHT CLUB Four friends and baby-sitting- what could be more fun? FIRST RULE OF THE BABY SITTERS FIGHT CLUB... Ann M. Martin

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