If that means anything to you, you may have been in the Puffin Club as a child. Or perhaps you still are 🙂
This weekendI read an article on Puffin Books, and for many of us, there is a real connection between the golden ages of Ladybird and Puffin. Both publishers played a key role in revolutionising children’s publishing – so if you missed the article, here it is:
I loved Puffin Books – I read and re-read masses of them at school and at home. I was a paid up member of the Puffin Club. So why is it that I’m a Ladbird Book collector today and am rarely tempted to buy when I see a much loved puffin book in a charity shop today?
Two answers, I think. The first is ‘age’ – Ladybird influenced me at a younger age so the nostalgic attraction goes deeper. The main answer though is ‘pictures’. I might love the story it contains, but it’s hard to love a fall-about paperback with only the occasional black and white illustration. You might read and re-read ‘The Little Wooden Horse’ or ‘Cue for Treason’ – but you couldn’t ‘pore over’ a Puffin Book. They weren’t a treat to hold in your hands – whereas with a Ladybird Book the enjoyment was derived more from the pictures, the colour, the details and depth that the artwork added to the story.