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 collection. The 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
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.”
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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