PUFF by William Wondriska

PUFF by William Wondriska. Published in 1960 by Pantheon Books Inc.

Wondriska creates an imaginary world where even the smallest things count by playfully juxtaposing the teeny character of PUFF against a backdrop of enormous red type, concetrated lines and textures, and monumental structures.

PUFF is an underdog tale about an old, small, insignificant steam engine that can only PUFF his way around the freight yard. All he wants is something important to happen to him. To compensate for his monotonous life, PUFF daydreams…as little trains do, of course. He wishes he could swim, that all the other engines could be PUFFs and they could go up and down steep hills, and imagines traveling to distant lands like Egypt, India, France…even outer space!

PUFF’s chance to prove himself finally comes when the big engine pulling the circus cars breaks down due to a snow storm. Seeing the wet and cold animals, it bravely hooks itself to the cars and manages to bring the circus into to warm sunshine. Proud of his shining moment, he PUFFs louder than ever on the way home because “something important happened to him at last!”

You can pick up a copy at Amazon.


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This is so great!

Perfect. As always, excellent taste.

i just went to Amazon and bought it! it’s beautiful, thank you!

This book is fantastic. I want it !!!!!!!

Ciao, compliments to make this always nice interesting and rare blog.

The story slightly reminds me of “the little engine that could”

If anyone is interested in buying this book, I have two copies left. Email me through the contact form.

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Oh I so badly want a copy of this book Puff! It’s just divine! Is it by any remote chance available anywhere?

Nice one! I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for that one :-p

I know the feeling…when all you want to do is PUFF… : )

What a fantastic book, the illustrations and typography are just great!

OMG… I think I just fell in love with this book.

ayayay!! too good!!!

Dave, thanks so much for selling me one of your copies. I can’t wait to see it! You’re the best!

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why do you always show me things I have to go buy!

so awesomely awesome. just beautiful. must have . . .

Love the typography, love the design.