New Book on Puffin Picture Books

Just published -- Drawn Direct to the Plate: Noel Carrington and the Puffin Picture Books by Joe Pearson

ISBN 978 0 9558395 3 5
Publication: October 2010 paperback
216 pages/380 photographs £20.00

Joe Pearson’s long-awaited study of Noel Carrington and the Puffin Picture Books provides a comprehensive survey of the books in this series. It places the series in the context of its lithographic precursors, principally Russian and French children’s books, and others published by Country Life. The book also covers many of the Puffin Picture Books’ wartime rivals, such as Transatlantic Arts and Bantam Picture Books, as well as other works by many of the Puffin illustrators. Baby Puffins, Puffin Cut-out Books and Carrington’s later Harlequin Books are also covered in detail. The book ends with a section on Carrington and the Art of Lithography and an extended selection of Carrington’s own writings.

The book is a handsome production, in landscape format, 19.5 • 26 cms, with 216 pages and 380 illustrations, the great majority of which are in colour. It is available from the Penguin Collectors Society, either online ( or by post from Martin Yates, 11 Quay House, Broad Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2GL. at a cost of £20, inclusive of UK postage.

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