Actress Sheridan Smith will voice a new audiobook of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as part of the global Puffin Classics re-launch.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will be one of twenty Puffin Classics being reissued by Penguin Children’s Books, in a new series design by contemporary designers. This year is the 150th anniversary of the book’s publication.
Other Puffin Classics being reissued include The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell and Peter Pan by J M Barrie.
Publisher Shannon Cullen said: “We’re delighted to be reissuing twenty of our Puffin Classics in this elegant new design, in conjunction with Puffin in the US. From Treasure Island and Heidi to The Secret Garden and The Wizard of Oz, these books have been firm favourites of children across the generations and their striking new jackets will ensure they remain popular for many years.”
The Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland anniversary will also see Penguin Children’s author Cathy Cassidy’s modern retelling of the story, titled Looking Glass Girl, be published on 2nd April.
Several other publishers are also celebrating the anniversary, with Vintage Classics releasing a special gift edition of the book with a cover and introduction by designer Dame Vivienne Westwood on 2nd April.
Walker Books has marked the anniversary with a new three dimensional gift edition of the book illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith, commissioned by the Royal Mail to go with a set of commemorative stamps, and a licensing agreement with a children’s furniture designer.
Macmillan is teaming up with the Southbank Centre to put on an immersive theatre production, as well as several other Alice in Wonderland-themed events and activities, at the Imagine Children’s Festival later this month.