On Saturday 8 May, one of the top publishers of children’s books, Puffin Books are celebrating their 70th Birthday. They have published some truly classic books over the years, from Charlotte’s Web, Ballet Shoes and Stig of the Dump, to Each Peach Pear Plum, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Spot the dog books, The BFG, and our very own Hairy Maclary.
I have lots fond memories of my family sharing Puffin books with me. One that stands out is my Nan reading Hairy Maclary to me when I was little. She’d always change the part where they describe Schnitzel von Krum so that he’d be Schnitzel von Krum with the very low bum, and of course I’d crack up laughing. In another of the Hairy Maclary books she’d have real trouble with the word cacophony, which is a great word but really hard to say. A lot of Puffin’s books are so memorable that they stick with you, even when you’ve grown up. My mum can still tell you the story of Each Peach Pear Plum word for word all these years later, and it’s a book that’s really stuck in my head too because of the rhythm of the words.
What’s your favourite Puffin book and why is it so memorable for you?