This summer sees the 80th anniversary since the first publications of the first ever Penguin paperbacks. The now iconic covers are replicated in many forms, such as adorning mugs, deckchairs postcard and posters. Penguin expanded out launching the Puffin imprint publishing children’s book in 1941 with it first book being a Worzel Gummidge. Furthermore 1967 saw the launch of the Puffin Post club which ran (on and off) for over 42 years and of which both me my sister and my daughter were all avid members.
To celebrate the anniversary Penguin Classics have published eighty miniature classics from many of the great authors they have published over the years, all wrapped up in a monotone iconic penguin classic cover. All eighty titles are retailing at just 80pence each!
I’m thrilled to see that one of my all-time favourite Grimm’s Fairy Tale’s The Robber Bridegroom Is one of the titles along with another great, Hans Christian Andersen’s , The Tinder Box. Both fantastic dark tales, (although not perhaps suitable for young or sensitive readers.)
To celebrate Penguins mammoth anniversary, and because I adore these tales so much I want as many people as possible to read them, I'm doing my first ever giveaway. Tweet and follow me @spoyton #Penquin80 and tell me your favourite penguin classic for a chance to win both books and goody bag containing some lovely surprises and treats!
Penguin has seen a vibrant first eighty years, and we hope the next eighty will be even more exciting.
Happy Birthday Penguin!