The Book House

Fat Puffin

DID YOU KNOW why our lovely Fat Puffin stands outside our shop?

He came as a gift from Puffin Books to celebrate our opening in 1972 as we were one of the first specialist children’s bookshops in the country.

Puffin Books were pioneers in the field of children’s publishing – indeed they remain one of the most important publishers of quality children’s literature and their logo is instantly recognisable.

Fat Puffin is a landmark in Thame High Street, and during his years of Sentry Duty he has twice faced dangers at the demands of kidnappers… once a ransom had to be paid (to a local charity) in order to obtain his release from a most precarious position: dangling from a rope at the top of the Town Hall…

Fat Puffin still represents the best in children’s literature, which is why he is still smiling on our doorstep!