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Penguin slated for 'sexualised' Wonka cover

Publishers Penguin have defended themselves after they were criticised for using a "sexualised" photograph of a young girl for the cover of a new edition of Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

The image, taken by Paris-based fashion photographer Sofia Sanchez, shows a doll-like girl wearing a pink fur coat and make-up (inset).

Author Joanne Harris tweeted: "Seriously, Penguin Books. Why not just get Rolf Harris to design the next one?"

Writer Lucy Coats, the author of more than 30 books for children, told The Bookseller: "It is sexualised and has nothing to do with the book."

The picture is used on the Penguin Modern Classic version of the book which is intended for adults and one of three editions of the novel being published to mark 50 years since it first came out.

Penguin is publishing another two Dahl books, including the short story collection Someone Like You.

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