New Versions of Poached and Big Game in stores November 28th

On November 28, something very exciting is happening.  Poached and Big Game are changing their covers.  As of that day (and possibly a little bit earlier), the covers will look like this:

Amazing, right?  My incredible designer, Lucy Cummins, has done it again.

If you already have a copy of one of these books, don’t be alarmed.  Everything inside the book (except for some of the design elements) ought to stay exactly the same.

So you could be forgiven for asking, ‘Why are you changing the covers at all?’

To which I will respond with a question of my own: ‘Have you ever heard the phrase: Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover?’

Of course you have. That phrase applies to people, though.  Not books.  (It’s meant to be taken metaphorically, not literally.)  Everyone judges books by their covers:  You do it.  I do it.  Your teachers and parents and librarians do it.

While the original covers Lucy did for Poached and Big Game are excellent, we felt it would be a good idea to give the series a cohesive look.  I mean, look at the covers for the Spy School series:

No question that those books are all in the same series, right?

But that wasn’t the case with the FunJungle series.  The covers were all very different:







They don’t look like they’re in the same series.

So that’s why we’re changing them.  There was no improving upon the original Belly Up cover, of course, which is a classic, but as for the rest, they are all going to look more like Lucy’s amazing Panda-monium cover:

And that’s why we’re changing them, pure and simple.  If you already have a copy, there’s no need to get a new one.

Unless, of course, you want every possible edition of my works in your collection.  Then by all means, feel free to buy another version of each of these books.

108 thoughts on “New Versions of Poached and Big Game in stores November 28th

  1. Will your main character ever be a capybara? I know only two things about them. And those things are what they look like, and that they are the largest rodents

  2. Will –

    The main character will probably not be a capybara because people don’t know that much about them. I can’t really have an animal no one recognizes on the cover.

  3. I know that you do not take ideas but do you think that Ben and Teddy could meet????????. Also if that did happen manure spyder could be trying to take all of j.j. McCracken´s money or something????

    Please get back to me!!

  4. ?????? and the kid –

    I think I am not going to answer any more questions about what kind of animal it is. You will learn soon enough.

  5. Stu- I am sorry for auto correct I meant maybe spyder could take all of j.j. s money

    Please get back to me

  6. Stu-

    I know that you won’t ever use this but do you think that SPYDER could take over moon base alpha or in some way have your story’s overlap

  7. Stu-

    I know that you won’t ever use this but do you think that SPYDER could take over moon base alpha or in some way have your story’s overlap.Also do you thin that for spy school 7 you could do that they go to funjungle in some way

  8. Stu-

    For SS7 do you have an idea on where they will be because you have already done winter summer and fall an north and south.So do you know what it will be about already. If so don’t tell me just say yes.

  9. You are the best author ever. I hope that you will keep writing the spy school/funjungle series and hope that your new series does just as well as your present one’s.

    Best of luck; Ninjas Nick$$ out

  10. Leo –

    I’m not sure how you’re defining common here. Usually, common with animals means ‘populous.’ Pigeons are common. Rats are common. By that argument, mongooses are more common than lions. Are you trying to say something along the lines of ‘popular at the zoo’? If so, then I generally try to write about animals that people are more familiar with.

  11. Rainbow –

    If I liked any of my series less than any of the others, then I wouldn’t write that series.

  12. I can’t wait for the new book to come out! I am almost done with the Spy School series. After that the new book will be out. Right? So if the animal in your new doesnt have stripes and is related to a lion, then what could it be? Eather it’s a really rare animal, or I am just not good at guessing.

  13. If you don’t mind saying, will the creature in your next book be native to the Americas?

  14. Then I’m going to go with Mountain Lion because they aren’t as rare as Panthers but maybe it is panther I dunno. I keep disagreeing with myself.

  15. Stu,
    Thank you for keeping with these series! I have read so many series where the author seemed to just get bored with it, and stop putting effort into it. I also like how you said you plan ahead for your books, and that you aren’t just making sequels because they are popular. You are tied as my 1st favorite author- no offense, you are tied with Brandon Mull, who wrote the FableHaven, Beyonders, Five Kingdoms, and Candy Shop Wars serieses. Is serieses a word? I feel like series is already plural. Anyway, thank you for being such a great author. Will you ever take suggestions for animals to feature in the FunJungle series? If so, I have a few… or a ton, depending on what mood I’m in 🙂

  16. Nina –

    Thanks for your kind words. However, I am not really taking suggestions for future animals as I have many ideas for future stories already.

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