Puffin V&A Children's Classics

About the series

This pretty collection of classic stories loved by adults and children alike is created through a partnership between Puffin and the V&A (Victoria & Albert) Museum in London.

The cover designs (which are the real reason you might buy this set) have been inspired by the distinct imagery of the English textile designer, artist and writer, William Morris, and recreate patterns from the V&A William Morris collectionThe covers are matte paper (a little prone to the edges losing color if you’re not careful), and the bindings are glued, but the paper is acid-free and the designs are absolutely delightful.

The Penguin V&A jacket designs (starting from 2021) are based on ‘the iconic fashion featured in the book’ and are much more sedate – with titles targeting a more adult audiences.

Books in the series

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
V&A Collector’s Edition, 4 May 2017

“Even though money is short, times are tough, and their father is away at war, the March sisters’ infectious sense of fun sweeps everyone up in their adventures.”

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
V&A Collector’s Edition, 4 May 2017

“Alice falls down the rabbit hole and finds adventures in Wonderland.”

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The Secret Garden – Henry Williamson, illus Annabel Large
V&A Collector’s Edition, 4 May 2017

“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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Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery
V&A Collector’s Edition, 4 May 2017

The Cuthberts are shocked when instead of the orphan boy they are expecting to help with the work at Green Gables, a skinny red-haired girl turns up instead.” 

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Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
V&A Collector’s Edition, 4 May 2017

“Mole goes boating with Ratty, has a feast with Badger, and the experiences high jinx on the open road with reckless ruffian, Mr Toad of Toad Hall.”

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A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
V&A Collector’s Edition, 5 Oct 2017

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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The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling
V&A Collector’s Edition, 5 July 2018

“Saved from the jaws of the evil tiger Shere Khan, young Mowgli is adopted by a wolf pack and taught the law of the jungle by lovable old Baloo the bear and Bhageera the panther.”

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Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
V&A Collector’s Edition, 5 Jul 2018

Following the demise of bloodthirsty buccaneer Captain Flint, young Jim Hawkins finds himself with the key to a fortune.”

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Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie
V&A Collector’s Edition, 6 Sep 2018

“Peter Pan and Tinkerbell lead Wendy Darling and her brothers to Neverland – the island where the lost boys play and avoid Captain Hook”.

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Emma – Jane Austen
V&A Collector’s Edition, Jan 2021

“Emma is clever, rich, beautiful and an irrepressible matchmaker.”

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The Great Gatsby – Jane Austen
V&A Collector’s Edition, Jan 2021

“Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby is the bright star of the Jazz Age, but he is hiding a secret under the sparkling surface of his life.”

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Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
V&A Collector’s Edition, Jan 2021

“Alice falls down the rabbit hole and finds adventures in Wonderland.”

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