Pictures worth at least a thousand words

Spineless Classics Wizard of Oz book posterI want my kids to be book lovers, as in sneak a flashlight under the covers, beg for a nighttime story, know their way around the library kind of book lovers. So along with a sturdy bookshelf packed with favorite childhood titles and their very own library card, I love these prints that turn a storybook into something as magical as the story itself: Art.

Spineless Classics takes those beloved stories like Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and the Wizard of Oz and uses the words to form an image from the story, like Peter Pan with Tinkerbell or the towering cIty of Oz with a little hot-air balloon floating away.

And, yes, as hard as it was for me to wrap my head around this, that really is the entire text of the book, albeit in teeny-tiny typeface. You with 20/20 will be able to actually read it. I would need a magnifying glass and some Tylenol.

Peter Pan text art print from Spineless Classics

Each print is pretty big, about three-feet wide, so this would make a big statement in a room.T hough you’ll appreciate that Spineless Classics has sized each print to fit in one of IKEA’s affordable RIBBA series of frames, since having this sucker custom-framed would cost a fortune.

I also love that they don’t just carry children’s titles but also classics like The Great Gatsby and Wuthering Heights which could make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your bibliophile sweetheart. I’m not as enamored by a few designs (is that the best they could do for Jane Eyre?), but there are more great designs than not great ones. Hey, not every one can be a best seller, right? -Christina

Spineless Classics of Australia will ship internationally for a flat rate of $35, and keep in mind the exchange rate when figuring out your total cost. Those in the UK can order from Spineless Classics UK, which offers the most-awesome version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies if you’re into that sort of thing.



Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.


  • Reply January 23, 2012


    Great example of functional art for us book-worms! I especially love “The Wizard of Oz”, it has such a simple and beautiful design.

  • Reply May 13, 2012


    Spineless Classics is now shipping from the US!
    We are happy to announce all orders placed in North America will be fulfilled out of Denver, CO.

    Check out the USA site for pricing and availability of US sizes.

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