July 24, 2009 at 01:00 PM EDT

Quirk

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Book
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In Season

Over the last five years, Henry Sene Yee’s vivid, playful cover design for the paperback edition of Tom Perrotta’s 2004 novel Little Children has clearly inspired many lawn-care-obsessed copycats, including this year’s dust jackets for Secrets to Happiness and Perfect Life. Consider some of the evidence…

The trend seems to have gotten so out of hand that we imagine publishers might soon extend the idea to their backlist titles, for classics both recent and not so recent. How long before we see covers like these on the shelves? (Three clicks for EW designer Jennifer Laga for creating these.)

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