Papito Messed Up

Papito Messed Up

Submitter: Cataloged this today for my university library’s Africana section (so we’re keeping this, not weeding), and the cover was awful enough that I had to get a quick photo to submit. I think the cover artist was going for some kind of optical illusion or glass reflection thing with the airplane and buildings, but it just doesn’t work. This book is written for school children and is intended to teach them about the pitfalls of criminal activity and drug use. It even includes a glossary and exercise questions.

Holly: I don’t even know what to say about this.  Interesting choice…can’t find any reviews of it…  It is cataloged as fiction and regional to Ghana, and a lot of university libraries own it.  Anyone want to weigh in on how college students or faculty are using it?  I agree – it does have a bizarre cover.



  1. 2008? Reeeeeeaaaally? Good lord, based on the early to mid 90s-esque suit, I was thinking this book was waaaaaay older.

  2. “fiction regional to Ghana”, I would like to read that!

    I suspect there’s regional symbolism going on there, and we’re completely missing it.

  3. How would you get a school child to read that? The cover is this synthesis of after school special and gangsta-fabulous action movie.

  4. @didi: Keep in mind, if the photo was from Ghana/West Africa, we can’t make ANY assumptions about anything involving culture (including fashion).

  5. Author has a fragrant name.

    I quite like that cover – striking, and seems to tell you quite a bit about the contents of the book. And good graphic values in the typeface, just right.

  6. Clearly, the drugs made him grow to the size of a building, able to catch airplanes in his hands, should he so choose.

  7. @ Lurker, true but it isn’t just the fashion, the picture/graphics themselves look very low quality/ I have to agree with Robbie’s comment ““Papito Messed Up”. Papito is the graphic designer who did the cover.”

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