by Emily Bronte
As I mentioned last week, my son made his way to camp this week. It is in a remote location. At the camp, electronics aren't allowed and there is no internet or cell service. Luckily, he is a reader, so a good old fashioned book, a book light and flashlights were on the list of things to bring, and they will help fill any down time.
In preparation for his departure, we made our way to Barnes & Noble to find the perfect book. We looked around for about thirty minutes and he had trouble deciding on anything. I can assure you that none of the books on the "Summer Reading" tables were in his stack. I poured over the tables and quickly realized that the chances of him, or any child, picking one of these classic books was slim to none, unless it was because of some required list from school. The covers were just so blah!
Because he could settle on nothing in particular, we made our way to a local resale shop, and he picked a Dan Brown novel, Deception Point, that I was able to purchase for $2.99. Resale is my go to if I can't get the book at the library. In this case, I was reluctant to send a library book along. Still, I couldn't get those wonderful stories, trapped in stunningly lame covers, off my mind. So, I headed to my local book seller.
There I found my favorite shelf of classic literature and was reminded that Penguin Classic Deluxe Editions is putting quite a bit of effort into attracting new readers. Just look at this cover for Wuthering Heights. It thrilled my 8th grade girls' book club enough for them to give the novel a try. In this age of dark male leads and tortured female characters, who wouldn't want to give Heathcliff and Cathy a go. As a lover of English and American Classics, I totally support Penguin's efforts to give the stories a new life with our young adult readers. Just google "Penguin Classic Deluxe Edition" and you will find the extensive list of newly designed covers, by fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo, that are carefully protecting some of our best stories.
This Wuthering Heights cover is part of the couture collection. Here is how Penguin describes the new covers:
Couture Deluxe Editions
READ ICONIC NOVELS DRESSED IN A FIERCE DESIGN BY ACCLAIMED FASHION ILLUSTRATOR RUBEN TOLEDO. COLLECT ALL SIX TITLES IN THE COUTURE-INSPIRED COLLECTION.