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Cozy Classics: Moby Dick Board book – November 15, 2012

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"Remarkable." -The Telegraph (UK)

"Quite simply, delightful." -The Paris Review

"Why not draw upon some of the world's best literary classics when writing for children - in this case, babies. Brothers Jack Wang and Holman Wang's forthcoming series of board books rewrite (in a LOT fewer words) your high school English syllabus and depict stories through needle-felted figures (hence the 'cozy')." -Apartment Therapy

"Enchanting... Jack and Holman Wang have done a service to literate families everywhere with their Cozy Classics" ~ The Wall Street Journal

"Beautifully illustrated... Personally, as an artist and photographer, I love the 'felt' characters that are part of the illustrations. The lighting and the setting are very well done. As a dad, I appreciate the simplicity in the presentation but I also love that it can inspire a love of story and setting as part of the reading experience." ~ The Designer Dad - Stephen Saint-Onge (contributing editor, Family Circle magazine)

"The illustrations are so enchanting, I find them irresistible. And they are a blessed relief from the growing trend for the use of computer generated graphics in children's books, which I find so impersonal and well, cold." - Austenonly.com Blog

"Every time I look at these gorgeous books I do rather think...'what crazy and brilliant mind conceived that idea?'....board books that will be enjoyed as much by lovers of literature as by the very, very young...win all round!" - Megan Daley, Children's Books Daily

"They will always be in baby's book collection!" - A List Baby

"Brilliantly charming!" - NewPages Blog

"The photos are exquisite. They would be 100% frameworthy. I'm actually considering getting a second copy just to cut it up and frame it. They're gorgeous." - Trundlebed Tales Blog

"Though the series may be developed for children, I have to say these might be too adorable (and adultly ironic) not to pick up for myself." - eNotes Blog

""Enchanting... Jack and Holman Wang have done a service to literate families everywhere with their Cozy Classics"" ~ The Wall Street Journal
(Meghan Cox Gurdon The Wallstreet Journal)

""Enchanting... Jack and Holman Wang have done a service to literate families everywhere with their Cozy Classics"" ~ The Wall Street Journal
 
“Remarkable."" -The Telegraph (UK)
 
""Quite simply, delightful."" -The Paris Review
 
""...a child-appropriate retelling of the original story, so adorable it makes our hearts hurt."" - Vulture.com
 
Featured as an ""Adorable Animal Board Book"" - Prima Baby
 
""What is Cozy Classics, you might ask? Well, they are a series of board books that adapt classic literature for babies. And boy, are they cute. The books tell the stories of classics using just one word per page, with felt crafted characters. The authors and illustrators are twins Holman and Jack Wang. In the press release, Jack notes: “We created Cozy Classics to revitalize the genre of the baby word books by injecting a sense of narrative and fun for the parent. In doing so, we hope to foster in children a lifelong love of reading and literature.” The books actually tell the novels fairly well (or those who have already read them). Holman states: ""Unlike Barney and Dora, Moby Dick’s Ishmael and Pride & Prejudice’s Elizabeth Bennett are characters that children will never outgrow.”
We couldn't agree more."" - Huffington Post
 
""Can you imagine? By combining needle felting, scale model-making, photography and an extraordinary talent for editing, the creators have made it possible for parents all over the world to say “My 3-year-old just finished reading Moby Dick. He’s reading War and Peace next… and what about your child?” - Jolly Reindeer Website
 
""As a fan of great literature, we were delighted when we received ""Moby Dick"" and ""Pride and Prejudice"". These are not the typical large tomes but interpretations especially for baby. We just love reading them to baby... Jack and Holman Wang did a wonderful job on these books and they will always be in baby's book collection.""  -  A List Baby
 
""Classics because they are classic stories and cozy because the illustrations are made from felt! Who would have thought you could re-tell Pride and Prejudice in just 12 words – Friends, Sisters, Dance… A fun way to share your love of literature with the littlest people in the house or the perfect gift for the Austen and Melville fans."" - Kids' Reading Guide 2012, Australia
 
""Known as Cozy Classics, these books, rather than picking out small details of the stories, and using them as a counting primer (as in 1 governess, 2 rich gentleman) instead give us an abridged (obviously, as they only use twelve words - but such a masterful pick!) account of the tale. The twelve needle-felted illustrations are exquisite."" - LoveDecorateLetters Blogspot
 
""Read the remarkable children’s board book from Cozy Classics in which Brothers Jack Wang and Holman Wang use needle felted figures to tell Moby-Dick in 12 words. Sailor. Boat. Captain. Leg. Mad. Sail. Find. Whale. Chase. Smash. Sink. Float."" - The Daily Telegraph  
  
“Why not draw upon some of the world's best literary classics when writing for children - in this case, babies. Brothers Jack Wang and Holman Wang's forthcoming series of board books rewrite (in a LOT fewer words) your high school English syllabus and depict the stories through needle felted figures (hence the ""cozy"").” - Apartment Therapy
 
“While surfing the net today, I found the most adorable new baby board books based on classics! Cozy Classics feature photos of needle-felted figures as the illustrations. They are published by Simply Read Books and written and illustrated by Jack Wang and Holman Wang. They are really retro to me in a great way. What a great way to introduce little ones to the classics!” - In the Hammock Blogspot
 
“Perhaps you’ve heard of “fuzzy math”—now there’s fuzzy literature, as well. Literally. A new series of picture books illustrates works like Moby Dick with adorable felted figures. Does introducing classics in this way, to children at such a young age, influence their feelings about literature? I don’t know, but these books sure are pretty.” - Fiction Review Writers
 
""Herman Melville's Moby Dick is a book in Jack and Holman Wang's ""Cozy Classics"" board book series. The series introduces young children to some literary classics ""through twelve child-friendly words and twelve needle-felted illustrations"". Interesting needle-felted illustrations in this book are for the words: sailor, boat, captain, leg, mad, sail, find, whale, chase, smash, sink and float. Good illustrations will hold a child's attention as they learn words and are introduced to popular stories"" - Simcoe.com

"" By offering vibrant, needle-felted character photography and scale model illustrations, Cozy Classics makes timeless works such as Moby Dick and Pride and Prejudice accessible to even the newest reader in just twelve words.  Words like “sisters,” “boat,” and “friends,” may not convey the plot of War and Peace, but it makes a wonderful introduction to some great books.  Parents fill in the blanks of the story as needed or even allow the children to offer predictions what might happen next. Having kids make plot predictions not only helps them read, but introduces patterns and sequences that create a connection to the written word.  And you can’t get any more classic than that."" - Parents' Choice

From the Author

Cozy Classics uses a simple one word/one image format to help babies and toddlers build vocabulary and learn everyday concepts such as body parts, emotions, animals, relationships, actions, and opposites. However, Cozy Classics organizes everyday words in a more unique way: through story. By putting words in the context of a story, our books help children find further meaning through a growing sense of narrative. As children get older, parents can expand on the stories in ever more elaborate ways.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 3 years
  • Series: Cozy Classics (Book 1)
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Simply Read Books; Brdbk edition (November 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1927018110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927018118
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.5 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Beth on November 16, 2012
Format: Board book
Some readers think Herman Melville's classic, "Moby Dick" is too long, especially the parts about whaling that don't seem to advance the story. Such readers may well enjoy the decidedly spare but completely charming Cozy Classic version, condensing the entire novel into twelve words and twelve expressive sculpture illustrations.

While many think of the board book format as intended just for small children, this would also make a great stocking stuffer for the book lover, English major, or teacher with a sense of humor!
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The illustrations for this simple board book were created with possibly the cutest little felt creatures I've ever seen. I want them all and I want to play with them and snuggle them and make them talk. Having said that, it's not like your child will really learn anything about Moby Dick and some of the single word text that accompanies each picture are fairly abstract (the word 'leg' next to a felt peg leg, the word 'find' next to a sailor in a crow's nest, etc.). On the other hand, who cares? These classics-as-board-books are really more for the adults anyway (my daughter has received several "baby versions" of friends' favourite books and from an adult perspective, it's thrillingly adorable! If you have a young child and a friend who loves Moby Dick, expect to see this book under your tree at Christmas.

Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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This book takes images from the classic Moby Dick, and presents them to the young child in the form of a photograph of a hand-felted object. It tells the story in 12 words.

I read this with my nine-month-old before giving it to a one-year-old for a birthday gift. We both thoroughly enjoyed it. Where the illustrations and little abstract? Absolutely. But so are the illustrations in many children's books and this series exposes the child to a different visual texture than any other book I've seen. And illustrating a verb can be very difficult. We used the whale from our Boon bath set and put it next to the whale in this book and she made the connection that they were the same. Both are abstract.

We own many titles in the BabyLit collection, including Moby Dick: an ocean primer. These are also a collection of classics for written for babies, but are more focused on comparisons, counting, or colors. I would feel comfortable having books from both collections in our baby Library. In fact, we have Pride and Prejudice on its way to us now from the Cozy Classics collection. They are different because the Cozy Classics collection teaches words when the other collection teaches concepts. I think both are important in baby development. That said, we will continue to buy more BabyLit than Cozy Classics.

Feel comfortable purchasing this for the baby in your life. It is not too gruesome as it is fairly abstract.
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Each page has a full page sized picture and the minute details in the artwork are visible and beautiful. Words are not just Nouns and the plot is evident but not obvious so these books leave possibilities for the parent to create wonderful stories for their children if the mood allows. Cools colors used in the felt work and most posed in action shots, just darling to view.
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We bought this for our 2 year old and it was an immediate hit. We had to have a Moby Dick themed birthday party (white whale cake) and several months into his third year he's still obsessed with the story. There's another children's book about Moby Dick and a "graphic novel" pop-up book, both of which compliment this book (and both are available on Amazon). The Cozy Classic is the best intro, however. Your child will memorize the words and that's good reading practice. If your child runs with the story like ours did, stage III can involve the Gregory Peck movie, a trip to New Bedford's whaling museum and of course a whale watch.
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I previously read the Cozy Classic version of Pride and Prejudice and was impressed - I fell in love with the totally adorable photos of the needle-felted characters and scenes. Moby Dick is as delightful as well. Again, the creators of this series use twelve words paired with these unique felted illustrations to bring their youngest readers the story of Moby Dick. Familiarity with the original story does help a lot but at the same time, this book does help in introducing these classics and instill a love of literature in the young. Adults can retell the story any which way, many different ways, or the very same way each time they open the book. My favorite illustration here is of the ship and my favorite word - crash!

There are two more Cozy Classics (Les Miserables and War and Peace) coming out this year and I am looking forward to these. These are great gifts for adults who love classics and definitely for parents of infants and toddlers who are looking for great books to share with their young ones. A 3D experience without the need for glasses:)

The website includes some more information for each book - a cozy version of the book if you need some help with relating the story, cast information, quotes from the book, as well as tips for parents to tell the story. Cozy Classics brings a wonderful new dimension to board books.

Rating: A
Reading Level: 0+
Reread Level: 5/5 (I am sure the little ones will be rereading this book many times over)
Disclaimer: I had the digital ARC from NetGalley and received the actual board book from Jack and Holman Wang (thank you for this delightful addition to my library). There was no requirement to review or to provide a favorable one. This review is my honest opinion of the book. I just happen to love this book!
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