A Sneak Peek at the New Deluxe Penguin Classics


There’s something so refreshing about a good Penguin Classics redesign – or any quality book cover redesign for that matter, we’re not picky. We get to know the covers as we get to know the books, the one sometimes standing in for the other, so a redesign can often feel like a way to experience a classic work in a whole new way. Or maybe we just like it it’s just someone making art about our favorite books, which we also obviously enjoy. The always reliable Caustic Cover Critic has tipped us off to two new installments in the Penguin Deluxe Classics graphic series, as well as three new covers from something called “Penguin Threads”, which looks to be this year’s answer to the publishing house’s 75th Anniversary Penguin Ink collection. Click through to check them out and let us know which ones you’ll be buying in the comments!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Designed by Ivan Brunetti, whose work you may recognize from his many New Yorker covers and cartoons. August 2011.

James and the Giant Peach

Designed by Jordan Crane. August 2011.

And now for the Penguin Threads, which look to be embroidered designs turned into illustrations – or vice versa.

Black Beauty

Designed by Jillian Tamaki. October 2011.

The Secret Garden

Designed by Jillian Tamaki. October 2011.


Designed by Jillian Tamaki. October 2011.