Judging A Book By Its Cover: Treasure Island

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

This edition of Treasure Island is part of a new set of classics from Puffin called Puffin Pixels. I’m pretty sure all the editions are abridged, but they all have fantastic pixelated cover art and video game-esque embellishments on the inside. I first saw them somewhere on Instagram, I think, and when purchasing one for my little brother (and now that I think of it, I should have photographed his too), I had to have one for myself (and someday hopefully I’ll have the full set!) It also has some extra info at the back, like a cast of characters and vocabulary terms, which I think is fantastic for young readers. This is a 2015 edition, ISBN:9780147517142.

4 thoughts on “Judging A Book By Its Cover: Treasure Island

      • I think they’re all abridged for kids, but so far I’ve seen this, Greek tales, Egyptian tales, king arthur, robin hood, Swiss family Robinson, Frankenstein, maybe Dracula….they seem to be aimed at boys though. I mean, not that girls can’t enjoy these, because I totally do. But I haven’t seen any female central ones, ya know?

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