Friday, 9 June 2017

Puffin Books - part 2

Four years after Penguin Books had been founded by Sir Allen Lane, the idea for Puffin Books was hatched in 1939 when Noel Carrington, at the time an editor for Country Life books, met him and proposed a series of children's non-fiction picture books, inspired by the brightly coloured lithographed books mass-produced at the time for Soviet children. Lane saw the potential, and the first of the picture book series were published the following year. The name "Puffin" was a natural companion to the existing "Penguin" and "Pelican" books. Many continued to be reprinted right into the 1970s. A fiction list soon followed, when Puffin secured the paperback rights to Barbara Euphan Todd’s 1936 story Worzel Gummidge and brought it out as the first Puffin story book in 1941.


Many well-known illustrators and artists illustrated covers for Puffins - Charles Tunniliffe, Ronald Searle, and Edward Ardizzone amongst others.

This is part 2 of a 3 - part post on Puffin Books.
For earlier works, see part 1 also.


1946 Treasure Island
cover by Lake

1947 Cranes Flying South
cover by Eleanor Graham

1947 Jam Tomorrow
cover by Grace Gabler

1947 Puffin Picture Book No. 74
Locomotives
illustrated by Paul B. Mann

1947 Puffin Picture Books No.52
Paper Birds
illustrated by R.B. Talbot Kelly
front cover

1947 Puffin Picture Books No.52 
Paper Birds
illustrated by R.B. Talbot Kelly
back cover

1948 Golden Island
cover by Constance Marshall

1948 The Young Detectives
cover by William Grimmond

1949 Ballet Shoes

1949 Kidnapped
cover by A.H. Hall

1949 Puffin Picture Book No.60
Building a House
illustrated by Richard Leacroft
front cover

1949 Puffin Picture Book No.60 
Building a House 
illustrated by Richard Leacroft
back cover

1949 Puffin Picture Book No.86
Airliners
illustrated by John Stroud
front cover

1949 Puffin Picture Book No.86 
Airliners 
illustrated by John Stroud
back cover

1949 Tarka The Otter
illustrated by Charles Tunnicliffe

1949 Worzel Gummidge Againillustrated by Elixabeth Alldridge

1950 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
cover by Arthur H. Hall

1950 Woman Among Savages
cover by Faith Jacques

1951 Fairy Tales from the Isle of Man
front cover by John Harwood

1951 Fairy Tales from the Isle of Man 
back cover by John Harwood

1951 The Grey Goose of Kilnevin

1951 The Secret Garden
cover by Gloria Freedman

1952 Ditta's Tree
cover by Sheila Hawkins

1952 Selected Stories and Verses
cover by Richard Kennedy

1953 ( 1945 illustration ) Worzel Gummidge or The Scarecrow of Scatterbrook
illustrated by Elixabeth Alldridge

1953 Little Women
illustrated by Astrid Walford

1955 Melissa Ann
cover by Sylvia Dyson

1955 Puffin Picture Book No.98
Farm Crops in Britain
illustrated by S.R. Badmin
front cover

1955 Puffin Picture Book No.98 
Farm Crops in Britain 
illustrated by S.R. Badmin
back cover

1955 The Children Who Lived in a Barn
cover by Mary Gernat

1956 Four Mysteries Solved by Norman & Henry Bones

1956 Heidi
cover by Cecil Leslie

1956 The Circus is Coming
cover by Clarke Hutton

1956 The Puffin Song Book
cover by Ronald Searle

1957 Redcap Runs Away

1957 Savage Gold
illustrated by Robert Medley

1958 The Story of the Treasure Seekers
illustrated by Cecil Leslie

1958 The Story of the Treasure Seekers 
illustrated by Cecil Leslie
( 1969 edition )

1958 The Wouldbegoods
illustrated by Cecil Leslie

1959 Avalanche!
illustrated by Alie Evers

1960 A Hundred Million Francs
cover by Richard Kennedy

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