Philippa Milnes-Smith, Puffin's Editorial Director, believes the hefty pounds 60,000 price-tag will be money well spent: 'Up to now, we have aimed our advertising at the book trade and people in education. Reaching children and their parents together means we can lead them into bookshops, where they'll discover lots more good titles.'
Milnes-Smith is adopting a wait and see attitude to further cinema advertising, but insists this expenditure does not cut into Puffin's budget for other writers. And perhaps The Minpins needs a little extra push? Dahl's last work was by no means his best, lapsing into conventionality well before the end. Still, the tracking camera ranges over Dahl classics like Dirty Beasts and The Witches, too, and anything which leads children into that extraordinary imagination can't be bad, just so long as first books by up-and-coming originals aren't trampled down in this new phase of marketing strategy. AF