The collection features stories set in post-apocalyptic America, now overrun by consumerist culture. A theme that resonates throughout the book is how the older generation act without regard for the younger generation; it is the children that suffer the consequences.
I wanted to illustrate the concepts of the unstable foundation that the adults build and the injustice that befall the children. I also want this to reflect the sarcastic humor in Saunders's witty writing. There is this element of play and fun in the style of the cover, though this is a mere facade that hides something much more sinister.