This edition: 1976 (first Puffin publication).
First published by Macmillan, 1976.
Cover by Graham Humphreys
My copy: purchased used, from Better World Books (US)
Power of Three is one of my very favourites by Diana Wynne Jones, and one of my favourite “younger days” books, but I’ve never seen this edition until recently. In fact, I wasn’t even aware that DWJ had been published by Puffin before. I found out about this edition when I saw it in the list of “new Puffins” on the back of one of the Puffin Posts; I immediately went online to search for a copy. Which is another sort of new thing for me – up until then, most of my Puffin purchases had been random. I’d be looking for a title with a vague cover in my head, a memory from the past, and sometimes they would turn out to be Puffins. But this time I actively searched for a Puffin edition of a title, and it made me want to seek out other favourites in Puffin editions.
I’m not sure what I think about the cover. Because I saw it after having read it many times over, and because it’s one of my favourite titles, I could easily imagine that they are Ayna, Gair and Ceri. But if I didn’t know anything about the book I might have thought that it was a historical fiction, which I don’t generally like, and I probably wouldn’t have read it as a kid. (I don’t like the cover I first read much, but at least it looked like a fantasy.) It’s definitely not a cover that I liked on sight, nor one that would make me pick it up. And yet – it’s the fact that it has a Puffin logo on it, and that it’s so different from the other Power of Three covers I’ve seen, that made me want this version so much.