#FF Book covers to love


Three covers from Tutis publishing who published the classics when their copyrights had expired.

Not sure what Thomas Hardy has to do with the Slade-ish looking gentleman. Turn of the screw even though it shows a nut not a screw is just literal. Our favourite is the kitten ….obviously essentials for being elusive???



Puffin Chalk book covers

Jacket ImagePuffin Books—the children’s division of Penguin Group—teamed up with Brooklyn-based designer and illustrator Dana Tanamachi to create Puffin Chalk, designs for some of the best known children’s classics.

The covers are created completely by hand on 40”x 55” chalkboards by Tanamachi Studio and then photographed for reproduction. Here’s video of the designer working http://vimeo.com/70072862

Ladybird: The Cover Story

Ladybird: A Cover Story Did you love Ladybird books when you were a child? To celebrate its centenary next year, Ladybird (now a Penguin imprint) will publish ‘Ladybird: The Cover Story’ in October.

It will be a compendium of 500 covers featuring some of the most memorable and striking covers from Ladybird archives covering  the 1940s to the 1980s. Nicola Bird, who has edited the book,  identifies the period of 1950-70 as the “Golden Age of Ladybird”, saying the books reflected “an idealised, prosperous view of Britain through its cheery illustrations”.

The Ladybird imprint was established in 1915 by Wills & Hepworth, a printing company, to publish ‘pure and healthy literature’ for children. They registered a ladybird as a logo – originally an open-winged version of a ladybird-  the more familiar one was introduced in the 1950s, with a final update in 2006.Matt Baxter, creative director, Baxter and Bailey

The pocket-sized hardbacks covered a wide range of subject matter with simple text: the company’s motto was ‘a Ladybird book for every subject’ and this seemed to be the case, with amazingly varied topics from timeless stories such as Red Rifing Hood and Jack and thr Beanstalk etc to ‘Colours‘ to ‘Stamp Collecting’, ‘the Great Composers’ to ‘Swinmming and Diving’ and many more.

It was the illustrations which set them apart. They were instantly recognisable, the colours ranging from muted to bright (often they used commercial artists). Nicola Bird writes: “The skill of the artists and the simple but effective cover design is such that these detailed pictures still resonate with us today. The books that contain them are often the very first ones that people remember from their own childhoods.”