puffin clothbound classics

Puffin Clothbound Classics

Penguin began publishing this series in late 2019, with decorative series bindings created by Penguin designers. The books in this series have been selected by Penguin’s editorial team to include classic children’s stories to inspire a lifelong love of reading – they focus particularly on English and American novels. To date, many of the titles include reprints of novels in the earlier ‘Puffin Hardback Children’s Classics’ series in a more deluxe binding.

The series features the full unabridged texts of each book as originally published, full cloth covers with generous gilt accents and bound-in satin ribbon bookmarks. (Unfortunately they still have glued bindings, but this does help make them more affordable.) 

Many of the books also include black and white illustrations from earlier editions, as well as thoughtful introductions from contemporary children’s authors. The cover designs are pretty (they include repeating motifs drawn from the story), and they present a delightful glittery and brightly colored rainbow of spines on the shelf. 

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Titles in the Series

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Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Puffin Clothbound Classics, 3 Sep 2020

“Gifted scientist Victor Frankenstein gives life to a being of his own creation, who is rejected by mankind.”

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Tales from Shakespeare – Charles Lamb
Puffin Clothbound Classics, 3 Sep 2020

Charles and Mary Lamb retell Shakespeare’s most famous stories, including Hamlet, Othello and As You Like It.

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The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Puffin Clothbound Classics, 3 Sep 2020

“The timeless, enchanting story of the little prince who lives on a tiny planet with three volcanoes and a haughty flower, which he must protect from the baobabs, the bad seeds.” 

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Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
Puffin Clothbound Classics, 3 Sep 2020

“Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, where he learns the tragic tale of the intense passion between foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw.”

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Dracula – Bram Stoker
Puffin Clothbound Classics, 3 Sep 2019

“Jonathan Harker travels to Castle Dracula to see the Transylvanian noble, only to have his beloved wife Meena and other lost souls fall under the spell of Count Dracula.”

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The Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum | Intro by Cornelia Funke
Puffin Clothbound Classics, 3 Sep 2019

“Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City and find the wonderfully mysterious Wizard of Oz in order to get home to Kansas with her dog Toto”.

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Puffin Clothbound Classics A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens, intro by Anthony Horowitz
Puffin Clothbound Classics, 3 Sep 2019

One cold Christmas Eve, three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge on a scary journey to show him the error of his nasty ways.”

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Black Beauty – Anna Sewell | Intro by Meg Rosoff
Puffin Clothbound Classics, 3 Sep 2019

Black Beauty is a handsome, sweet-tempered colt whose strong spirit is tested when he goes from a life of comfort and kindness to one of hard labour and cruelty.”

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The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Puffin Clothbound Classics, 3 Sep 2019

“Orphaned Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle’s gloomy mansion on the wild English moors, where she finds a key to a secret garden.”

→ Read a review of the loveliest editions of The Secret Garden here...

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