The color specialists at Pantone have teamed up with the children’s book publisher Puffin to combine our love of reading and design with a new series of updated classics.
The covers all resemble Pantone color cards (complete with the company’s signature font), while the spines resemble paint swatches with different tints. And at $10 each, we don’t feel bad about buying a whole set to brighten up our bookshelves.
The first collection includes six titles, but the collaboration will continue with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, and A Christmas Carol. These titles will be available in October.
Books from the Puffin+Pantone collection are sold separately and are available for pre-order. They go on sale June 6.
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
This 1908 novel is about a red-headed orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to a family living on Prince Edward Island. It has a Pantone Green 376 cover, of course.
The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
The Pantone Yellow 012 cover of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz fittingly matches the yellow brick road that Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Woodman travel on to the Emerald City.
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
The publisher chose Pantone Orange 1585 to reflect the sunsets Captain Flint and Jim Hawkins might have encountered aboard the Hispaniola in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
Pantone Blue 632 was chosen for Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, to reflect the setting for the classic American novel: the Mississippi River.
Heidi, Johanna Spyri
The eponymous character in Johanna Spyri’s 1881 novel loves her life in the purple mountains of the Swiss Alps (hence the Pantone Purple 2602 cover), where she lives with her grandfather. When she’s moved to the city by her aunt, she must find her way back.
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
In this story, Mary Lennox moves from India to her uncle’s dreary home in England after her parents pass away. But soon she discovers a walled garden full of pink roses (like the Pantone Rhodamine Red used for this book) and other blooms.