Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 128: Middle Grade (Part 40)

Today’s post is sponsored by Arianne Costner and My Life As A Potato!

Title My Life As A Potato
Author Arianne Costner
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
Publication Date March 24th 2020 by Random House Books For Young Readers
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For anyone who has ever felt like a potato in middle school, this hilarious story about a boy forced to become the dorkiest school mascot ever will have readers cheering!

“A grade A, spudtastic (not to mention FUNNY) debut. Arianne Costner sure knows middle school and middle schoolers!” – Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Ben Hardy believes he’s cursed by potatoes. And now he’s moved to Idaho, where the school’s mascot is Steve the Spud! Yeah, this cannot be good.

After accidentally causing the mascot to sprain an ankle, Ben is sentenced to Spud duty for the final basketball games of the year. But if the other kids know he’s the Spud, his plans for popularity are likely to be a big dud! Ben doesn’t want to let the team down, so he lies to his friends to keep it a secret. No one will know it’s him under the potato suit…right?

Life as a potato is all about not getting mashed! With laugh-out-loud illustrations throughout, hand to fans of James Patterson, Gordan Korman, Jeff Kinney, and Chris Grabenstein!




Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design.

Please Note: I’ve done my best to credit the designers and artists responsible for the beautiful covers below, but was unable to find this information for a number of those listed. If you know of an uncredited designer responsible for any of these book covers, please let me know and I would be happy to include proper attribution in this post. Their work is lovely and deserves to be credited.


01. The Dragon Warrior: The Fallen Hero by Katie Zhao (Cover art by Vivienne To)
02. The Girl With Space In Her Heart by Lara Williamson (Cover art by Julie McLaughlin)


03. Wilderness by Roddy Doyle
04. Any Day With You by Mae Respicio (Cover design by Michelle Cunningham, Cover art by Rebecca Mock)


05. A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison
06. Con Quest! by Sam Maggs (Cover art by Chris Danger)


07. The Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar (Cover design by Maeve Norton, Cover art by Quang & Lien)
08. Rebel In The Library Of Ever by Zeno Alexander


09. Chasing Helicity Through The Storm by Ginger Zee
10. Babysitting Nightmares: The Vampire Doll by Kat Shepherd


11. Hello, Future Me by Kim Ventrella (Cover art by Mónica de Rivas)
12. Five Things About Ava Andrews by Margaret Dilloway (Cover art by Yaoyao Ma Van As)


13. The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts (Cover design by Milorad Savanović, Cover art by Levente Szabo)
14. Max Kowalski Didn’t Mean It by Susie Day (Cover design by Dominica Clements, Cover art by Andrew Bannecker)


15. Pages & Co. Tilly and The Bookwanderers by Anna James
16. The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble


17. Arlo Finch In The Kingdom of Shadows by John August
18. The Brilliant Ideas of Lily Green by Lisa Siberry


19. Hello From Renn Lake by Michele Weber Hurwitz (Cover art by Celia Krampien)
20. How To Be A Girl In The World by Caela Carter


Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite Middle Grade covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!

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Jen is a thirty-something Canadian book blogger and bibliophile currently residing in the wilds of suburbia. Aside from a penchant for older men, particularly those with the surnames Firth, Elba and Norton, Jen is also passionately interested in running, Mad Men, and Marilyn Monroe. In addition to being a voracious reader and self-proclaimed television addict, Jen is also an aspiring children and youth services librarian who would like to pursue a MLIS and better help readers find the perfect book for them.

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