Watership Down Cover Art
Richard Adams’ first novel Watership Down was published in 1972 by the publisher Rex Collings in a rather sweet, but monochrome cover (above). The novel had been rejected by several publishers, but after publication went on to win the Carnegie Medal amongst many other awards.
Thinking about Easter bunnies, I made a montage of Penguin and Puffin paperback covers through the years…
Being very much a ‘crossover’ book, the paperback was published in adult and children’s covers by Penguin and Puffin respectively through the years. I came to it via the mid 1970s Penguin cover on the left, which used the same artwork as the Puffin (top), but in close-up. The 1978 animated film led to the dark adult cover (bottom) – no ‘Bright eyes’ there! After that, later covers have a sweet little rabbit – reversed on adult and children’s covers; I’m surprised that cowslips haven’t featured before actually. Then we have the a cute TV tie-in cover for the more recent animation in 2018, (bottom). My favourite of all is the new adult cover for the 40th Anniversary in 2018, which is obviously based on the original Puffin. I don’t feel the need to read the book again, having seen both animations over the years, but enjoyed looking back at the covers.
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