We're speechless. Except for one word: Why?!
Why did Penguin Books do this to our beloved "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"? Why would any book cover designer think this is representative of the beloved Roald Dahl classic? We do we need to sexualize children for a book about how vices can ruin your chance to change your life?
Penguin Books probably didn't expect such a vocal backlash when it announced the 50-year-old "Charlie" would be a Penguin classic book for the first time. With the new status came the new cover.
It's hard to find even a single supporter.
Look, we understand that "Charlie" is a pretty dark book, as far as children's literature goes. But it's not sinister. This cover shot is.
Creative Review points out the cover art is in fact a cropped version of a "Mommie Dearest"-inspired photo shoot. Now that is fitting. The vacant expression on the girl's face is more reminiscent of someone terrified to use wire hangers, not someone who is about to get the chocolate factory tour of a lifetime.
Penguin says, "This design is in recognition of the book’s extraordinary cultural impact and is one of the few children's books to be featured in the Penguin Modern Classics list." We say they're ruining Charlie Bucket for everyone who already loved him and future generations as well.