Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 163: Middle Grade (Part 56)

Today’s post is sponsored by Whitney Gardner and The Racc Pack!

Title The Racc Pack
Creator Written by Stephanie Cooke, Illustrated by Whitney Gardner
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
Publication Date January 23rd 2024 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Find It On GoodreadsAmazonChaptersBlackwell’sBarnes & NobleIndieBound

Live life in the trash lane with this first entry in a hilarious middle grade graphic novel series about a family of sneaky raccoons from graphic novel superstars Stephanie Cooke and Whitney Gardner!

Meet the Bin family, a trio of raccoons in the risky business of dumpster diving for all their needs. With Dusty’s brains, ReRe’s muscle, and Scraps’s gadgets (please don’t tell him he’s almost definitely an opossum), the Binses are determined to leave no garbage bin unturned in their pursuit of the tastiest, most delicious trash they can find.

When the family discovers a new upscale grocery store that’s throwing away their perfectly good food at the end of each day, the Binses hatch a heist so daring it’ll have them rolling in garbage all winter long. But a critter-despising CEO, Jeff Beans, and the high-tech defense system he’s installed means liberating that trash is going to take all the skills the Racc Pack have…and maybe some help from a cat burglar with a mysterious past.

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

01. South of Somewhere by Kalena Miller
Cover design by Erin McMahon, Cover art by Alissandra Seelaus

02. Free Period by Ali Terese
Cover design by Maeve Norton, Cover art by Steffi Walthall

03. The Door Is Open: Stories of Celebration and Community By 11 Desi Voices edited by Hena Khan
Cover art by Chaaya Prabhat

04. Something Maybe Magnificent by R.L. Toalson
Cover design by Heather Palisi, Cover art by Svetla Radioeva

05. Ultraviolet by Aida Salazar
Cover design by Zeke Peña and Marijka Kostiw, Cover art by Zeke Peña

06. Tales From Cabin 23: Night of the Living Head by Hanna Alkaf
Cover art by Gabriel Infante

07. The Grimsbane Family Witch Hunters by Joan Reardon
Cover art by Jamie Green

08. A Galaxy of Whales by Heather Fawcett
Cover art by Bao Luu

09. The Science of Friendship by Tanita S. Davis
Cover design by Amy Ryan, Cover art by Brittany Jackson

10. Cruzita and The Mariacheros by Ashley Granillo

11. Hummingbird Season by Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic
Cover design by Jeanette Levy, Cover art by Karyn S. Lee

12. The Color of Sound by Emily Barth Isler
Cover art by Jieting Chen

13. The First State of Being by Erin Entrada Kelly
Cover art by Devin Elle Kurtz

14. Code Name Kingfisher by Liz Kessler
Cover design by Jesse Green, Cover art by David Dean

15. Lei and The Invisible Island by Malia Maunakea
Cover design by Mary Claire Cruz, Cover art by Kaa Illustration (Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Kim Lien)

16. Paper Dragons: The Fight For The Hidden Realm by Siobhan McDermott

17. The Last Rhee Witch by Jenna Lee-Yun
Cover design by Zareen Johnson, Cover art by Deb JJ Lee

18. The Unbeatable Lily Hong by Diana Ma
Cover art by Rebecca Chan

19. Crushing It by Erin Becker
Cover design by Jay Emmanuel, Cover art by Ricardo Bessa

20. Benji Zeb Is A Ravenous Werewolf by Deke Moulton
Cover art by Matt Rockefeller

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Hi! I’m Jen! I’m a thirty-something introvert who loves nothing more than the cozy comfort of home and snuggling my two rescue cats, Pepper and Pancakes. I also enjoy running, jigsaw puzzles, baking and everything Disney. Few things bring me more joy than helping a reader find the right book for them!