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The subject line of this thread pretty much says it all.

The thing that gets me is that, even reading their explanation of what they were thinking (the bit about how Dahl's work explores the dark side of childhood) I STILL don't get it. What does the cover image have to do with that?
#31 - August 19, 2014, 01:00 PM
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The thing that gets me is that, even reading their explanation of what they were thinking (the bit about how Dahl's work explores the dark side of childhood) I STILL don't get it. What does the cover image have to do with that?

This.  It's almost as if someone who'd never actually read the book but had read other people's blog posts about Dahl's "darkness" and drew their own conclusions about what that means chose the cover.
#32 - August 19, 2014, 01:43 PM
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I may be the only person who likes the cover. I've been a huge fan of Dahl since I could read and the cover is creepy and completely out-there, just like his books. It shows perfectly the parental influence over these horrible kids. Though I would have loved to see a collection of different covers, featuring the other children, not just Veruca.  And hey... the cover definitely got people talking, so it's a marketing win.
#33 - August 20, 2014, 07:11 AM
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I may be the only person who likes the cover. I've been a huge fan of Dahl since I could read and the cover is creepy and completely out-there, just like his books. It shows perfectly the parental influence over these horrible kids. Though I would have loved to see a collection of different covers, featuring the other children, not just Veruca.  And hey... the cover definitely got people talking, so it's a marketing win.


That's just what makes it weirder though, they say it is not Veruca or any other character.
#34 - August 20, 2014, 07:18 AM


That's just what makes it weirder though, they say it is not Veruca or any other character.

But anyone who read the book would just assume it's Veruca. That's who I thought it was immediately. I mean, even if it's Violet, it shows the influence of the parents over their horrid children.
#35 - August 20, 2014, 07:24 AM
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But anyone who read the book would just assume it's Veruca. That's who I thought it was immediately. I mean, even if it's Violet, it shows the influence of the parents over their horrid children.


Yes, which is why it's weird to say it's not supposed to be any of the characters. I think the image is powerful in itself but if it's not supposed to be about little girls being made to grow up too fast, then I think it's a bad choice. Dahl's book isn't all about girls growing up too fast. If anything, Charlie is the character under the most pressure to behave like an adult, even more than his grandpa!


I'm not in denial about the dark side of his stories, nor why they wanted to show that on the cover, I get that logic. The logic I don't get is why they insist it isn't supposed to look like any character. They could have said, the girl and her mother represent the messed up relationships between parent and child, as described by Dahl in the story, or something along those lines. But instead they just mentioned his darker side and that it isn't supposed to represent a character. To me, that makes it sound as though they didn't really think it through.


I'm glad we have at least one person on the boards who likes it though!different opinions = good discussion!
#36 - August 20, 2014, 09:34 AM

I'm with Dreamless in that I sort of like the cover. I certainly see where the critics are coming from. It gives me a strong emotional reaction -- disgust and fascination; confusion; wanting to look and not look at the same time. And there's something powerful about that. There's something about that that feels true to Dahl.
#37 - August 30, 2014, 08:38 PM

I have to admit that I am reading Danny the Champion of the world and from Dahl's narration and Quentin Blake's illustrations I just can't envisage he would see that image of any character as the right one. His writing style just doesn't seem to project that image on the cover.
#38 - September 01, 2014, 06:04 AM
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