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Puffin Classics

As the kiddie arm of Penguin Classics, Puffin has been publishing quality children's literature for quite some time. These aren't new releases, popular fad items, or stories about angsty teenage vampires, however; Puffin is devoted to printing classic novels that appeal to younger readers in increasingly attractive yet still affordable paperback editions.

Most of the available titles are unabridged, though a few that are quite long in their original formats have been trimmed. Unlike traditional abridgements, though, these are more like extended edits, retaining the original power of the language while simply excising some of the fat. Since most elementary kids aren't ready for Charles Dickens (for example) but still want to read his work, we're mostly okay with this.

Each paperback is compact, with minimalist cover art and the text. There aren't pictures or study questions or anything to be used as hooks, just the innate appeal of the stories themselves. The fact that these are inexpensive editions makes them a good option for getting as much great literature into your kids' hands as possible without having to refinance your house.

While these titles were selected for their appropriateness for children, you'll still want to exercise caution with some of them. The same child who can handle Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or Little Women may not be prepared for Dracula or Frankenstein. That said, all the Puffin Classics are great stories, and will provide hours of formative amusement for your little page-turners.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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Adam of the Road
Puffin Modern Classics
by Elizabeth Gray
from Puffin Books
Historical Fiction for 3rd-8th grade
1943 Newbery Medal winner
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Puffin Classics
by Mark Twain
from Puffin Books
for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Adventures of Robin Hood
Puffin Classics
by Roger Green
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Puffin Classics
by Mark Twain
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Aesop's Fables
Puffin Classics
by Aesop
Reprint from Puffin Books
for Kindergarten-4th grade
Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights
Puffin Classics
by Anonymous
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales for 2nd-6th grade
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Puffin Classics
by Lewis Carroll
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 2nd-7th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Around the World in Eighty Days
Puffin Classics
by Jules Verne
from Puffin Books
Adventure for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Black Beauty
Puffin Classics
by Anna Sewell
from Puffin Books
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
Call of the Wild
Puffin Classics
by Jack London
from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
Canterbury Tales
Puffin Classics
by Geoffrey Chaucer (retold by Geraldine McCaughrean)
from Puffin Books
Epic Poetry for 7th-9th grade
in Classics Retold (Location: A10-03A)
Christmas Carol
Puffin Classics
by Charles Dickens
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 6th-10th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Count of Monte Cristo (abridged)
Puffin Classics
by Alexandre Dumas
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Daddy-Long-Legs
Puffin Classics
by Jean Webster
from Puffin Books
Orphan Stories for 6th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
David Copperfield
by Charles Dickens
1st edition from Puffin Books
for 9th-Adult
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Dracula
Puffin Classics
by Bram Stoker
from Puffin Books
for 10th-Adult
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Eight Cousins
Puffin Classics
by Louisa May Alcott
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Enchanted Castle
Puffin Classics
by Edith Nesbit
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes
Puffin Classics
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
from Puffin Books
Mystery for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Five Children and It
Puffin Classics
by E. Nesbit
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Frankenstein
Puffin Classics
by Mary Shelley
from Puffin Books
Horror for 7th-10th grade
in Science Fiction (Location: A07-01A)
Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Puffin Classics
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
from Puffin Books
Mystery for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Great Expectations (abridged)
Puffin Classics
by Charles Dickens
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 7th-10th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Grimms' Fairy Tales
Puffin Classics
by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Folklore for 4th-8th grade
Gulliver's Travels
Puffin Classics
by Jonathan Swift
from Puffin Books
Satire/Social Commentary for 9th-Adult
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales
Puffin Classics
by Hans Christian Andersen
3rd edition from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales for 2nd-6th grade
Happy Prince and Other Stories
Puffin Classics
by Oscar Wilde
from Puffin Books
for 3rd-6th grade
Heidi
Puffin Classics
by Johanna Spyri
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Homer Price
Puffin Modern Classics
by Robert McCloskey
from Puffin Books
Humor for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Hound of the Baskervilles
Puffin Classics
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Reissue from Puffin Books
for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Jane Eyre
Puffin Classics
by Charlotte Bronte
from Puffin Books
Realistic Romantic Fiction for 8th-Adult
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Puffin Classics
by Jules Verne
Reprint from Puffin Books
Science Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Science Fiction (Location: A07-01A)
Jungle Book
Puffin Classics
by Rudyard Kipling
from Puffin Books
Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Just So Stories
Puffin Classics
by Rudyard Kipling
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 1st-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Kidnapped
Puffin Classics
by Robert Louis Stevenson
from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Kim
Puffin Classics
by Rudyard Kipling
from Puffin Books
Orphan Stories for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
Puffin Classics
by Roger Green
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
King Solomon's Mines
Puffin Classics
by H. Rider Haggard
from Puffin Books
Adventure for 7th-12th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Puffin Classics
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Reissue from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Little Men
Puffin Classics
by Louisa May Alcott
from Puffin Books
for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Little Princess
Puffin Classics
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
from Puffin Books
for 3rd-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Little Women
Puffin Classics
by Louisa May Alcott
from Puffin Books
Realistic Romantic Fiction for 5th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Little Women Trilogy
Puffin Classics
by Louisa May Alcott
from Puffin Books
for 3rd-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Long Way from Chicago
Puffin Modern Classics
by Richard Peck
from Puffin Books
Humorous Family Stories for 5th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Lost World
Puffin Classics
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
from Puffin Books
Science Fiction/Adventure for 7th-12th grade
in Science Fiction (Location: A07-01A)
Mysterious Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Puffin Classics
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
from Puffin Books
Mystery for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Myths of the Norsemen
Puffin Classics
by Roger Lancelyn Green
Reprint from Puffin Books
for 5th-9th grade
Odyssey (retold)
Puffin Classics
by Geraldine McCaughrean retells Homer
Puffin Classics from Puffin Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Classics Retold (Location: A10-03A)
Old-Fashioned Girl
Puffin Classics
by Louisa May Alcott
from Puffin Books
Realistic Romantic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Oliver Twist (abridged)
Puffin Classics
by Charles Dickens
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 6th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
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