If there is one thing I am guilty of when buying a book, it is that I first examine the cover. A good book is normally (but not always) encased in a fabulous, eye-catching cover. It is the first thing you see, and will be sat pretty on a book case. So for me, the cover is the difference between one book or another in Waterstones. (In a perfect world, I would be able to afford both books. But I’m a student, and students are poor.)
Perhaps one of the biggest genres of fiction in today’s society is the classic fiction. People seem to forget that for hundreds of years, these are the stories that entertained and captured the minds of generations. But with millions of books entering circulation, there is always a good reason to avoid the classic section of the book shop.
However, the classics are now being redesigned – or that is, their front covers are. After all, pretty front covers do attract business! Today’s Bright Spotlight is focusing on the redesigning of six magical books – all under the Penguin Threads scheme.
So what exactly is Penguin Threads?
The Penguin Threads collection were six cover redesigns commissioned by art director Paul Buckley. His aim? To create a gift-worthy collection of classics.
Which books were redesigned?
The Wind in the Willows, Little Women, Emma, The Wizard of Oz, Black Beauty and The Secret Garden.
Did Paul Buckley redesign them himself?
Responsible for the redesign were two talented artists, Jillian Tamaki and Rachell Sumpter. With each artist in charge of three books, they proved to be absolutely fabulous and made the covers look wonderful. Perhaps my favourite fact is that they used real, genuine materials such as thread when making the covers. I’d honestly pay to see the original covers.
So now that you’ve all seen the wonderfully beautiful covers, I’m going to go and hint at these books a few more times as presents. I honestly feel like they’re a sound investment, and the pure talent and time that went into making these gorgeous designs deserve the recognition and money.
The Wizard of Oz | Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Penguin Random House
The Wind in the Willows| Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Penguin Random House
The Secret Garden | Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Penguin Random House
Little Women | Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Penguin Random House
Emma | Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Penguin Random House
Black Beauty | Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Penguin Random House
Also, these covers almost (but didn’t) make the cut. Still, they are just as fabulous as the ones that were selected. Personally, I would be proud to display any of these covers in my shelves.