Thursday 25 September 2008

Puffins! Part 2

Earlier this year, we looked at the first nine Puffin Classics: a very attractive series of great children's books, with funky new covers by some top children's illustrators.

Now there are another nine in the series, and again they look very nice indeed. Here's the great Edith Nesbit's Five Children and It, starring the gloriously ill-tempered Psammead, with a Quentin Blake cover.

Chris Riddell returns with another cover, this time for Peter Pan.

Lauren Child, of the Clarice Bean books, provides the cover for Anne of Green Gables, by recently-revealed-as-a-drug-induced-suicide L. M. Montgomerey.

Here are the others in the series: it's also pleasant to see that the books by authors with others in the series have covers by the same (unknown to me) artists, as with Dickens, Twain and London.

Again, I like the way that on some of the covers, the illustration is allowed to encroach onto the normally sacrosanct white Penguin Classics band.

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