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Abby Hargreaves

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Abby Hargreaves is a New Hampshire native living and working as a Children’s Librarian in Washington, D.C. She fulfills the gamut of the librarian stereotype with a love of cats, coffee, and crocheting (and likes a good run of alliteration). Her MLIS degree enjoys the company of a BA in English from Hollins University, making Abby an advocate of women's universities. Her favorite color is yellow.

In several of the library groups I’m in on social media, every so often someone will share a picture of an unfortunately-placed bar code or call number sticker that alters the title or author of a book to hilarious effect. Sticker placement is of paramount importance, it would seem, if you want to keep giggles out of your library or bookstore, but for the rest of us, it’s pretty amusing. Some of us just have the sense of humor of a ten-year-old. Here are some of the best examples of bad sticker placement—but be warned, some of them are not the safest for work or young eyes.

I have a feeling this book is not about moss, grass, and the like.

When you gotta go, you gotta go—even in Paris.

But actually, please don’t.

The picture makes it all the more awkward.

Come on, this is just fodder for the title character!

Like Freakonomics, but stinkier.

What weird and wonderful sticker placements on books have you come across?