Twenty classics are going to be taking a seat of honour on our bookshelves thanks to publishing house Penguin, with a stunning set of new covers provided by up-and-coming illustration talent. The hope is that the new jackets will attract a new generation of readers, and keep the tales classics for many more years. Anna Morrison, Penguin’s designer, had this to say about the project: “This was the project all book designers dream of – re-jacketing the most well-known and best-loved stories in the world, the Puffin Classics. We knew we wanted the series to have a sparkling new approach that was timeless and would appeal to children and older readers alike. As each novel has such a different story to tell, it meant that every cover needed to convey that individuality while still feeling part of a collection. “To tie them all together, we created a new look specially for the Puffin Classics. Each cover fits into a ‘grid’. Across the bottom of each cover is a colourful band with a central semi-circle to house the Puffin logo. While at the top of the books, the author’s name is written in a classic font. Once this was decided, the fun part began – we could look for illustrators.” The Secret Garden and A Little Princess got a digital treatment, with new covers by Andrew Bannecker, while Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales was painted with traditional mediums by Kali Ciesemier. Designer and illustrator Jim Tierney was in charge of The Land of Oz and Black Beauty, while Anne of Green Gables was introduced to Chris Silas Neal’s skills. In addition to the paper edition’s makeover, to mark the story’s 150th anniversary, award winning actress Sheridan Smith provided her voice for a new audiobook edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, available now as part of the Puffin Classics series.
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