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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history of book design, 16 Sep 2010
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This review is from: Puffin By Design: 2010 70 Years of Imagination 1940 - 2010 (Paperback)
This is a fantastic book for anyone who loves children's books, but also for those interested in style and design throughout the 20th century. It charts the evolution of Puffin's image from 1940 to the present, and spares no expense on the quality and number of images reproduced. However, it is not really a gallery of all your favourite cover art - rather, the book is a survey of cover styles, with a generous selection of examples from each period. Phil Baines provides a sometimes critical commentary on the innovations made, and how well he believes they worked in terms of graphic design. The contents of the books illustrated are not discussed, beyond identifying whether they are fiction or not.

It was fascinating to me to see the beautiful covers from the very first Puffins - way before my time, and which I have never seen even second hand. As the designs became more familiar to me from my own library, there were plenty that brought back memories, and some that made me cringe! The teen imprints, Peacock Books and Puffin Plus, are also discussed, as are plenty of Picture Puffins.

This would make a great gift for a book lover or for someone interested in graphic design history. This was published to celebrate Puffin's 70th birthday, but it is we who have received a lovely gift!
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4.0 out of 5 stars memories for baby boomers, 22 Jan 2011
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This review is from: Puffin By Design: 2010 70 Years of Imagination 1940 - 2010 (Paperback)
For those of us born between 1940 and 1960 this is a real nostalgia trip. It brings back happy memories of collecting the latest Puffins, particularly as Christmas and birthday presents. Great to be reminded of all those hours of reading - and of the calibre of the artists commissioned to illustrate the books: great value then at 2/6, can you remember it? Hooray for those hero(usually heroine)editors at Penguin, I owe them a considerable debt of gratitude for my lifelong reading habits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Puffin Pick Up, 10 Jan 2011
This review is from: Puffin By Design: 2010 70 Years of Imagination 1940 - 2010 (Paperback)
Puffin books have shaped many childhoods as an affordable pocket money read. Dip into this gem for a nostalgic look back at Puffin books over the years some of which may still be on your bookshelf. The artwork and styles are explained. There is plenty to read and plenty to look at. A perfect Puffin to pick up and peruse!
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Puffin By Design: 2010 70 Years of Imagination 1940 - 2010
Puffin By Design: 2010 70 Years of Imagination 1940 - 2010 by Phil Baines (Paperback - 27 May 2010)
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