Buy New
$8.95
Qty:1
  • List Price: $9.95
  • Save: $1.00 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 15 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Cozy Classics: War and Peace Board book – May 30, 2013


Amazon Price New from Used from
Board book
"Please retry"
$8.95
$5.82 $1.97

100%20Children%27s%20Books%20to%20Read%20in%20a%20Lifetime



Frequently Bought Together

Cozy Classics: War and Peace + Cozy Classics: Moby Dick + Cozy Classics: Les Miserables
Price for all three: $26.85

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Series: Cozy Classics
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Simply Read Books; Brdbk edition (May 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1927018226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927018224
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"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
 
“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
 
"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
 
"It took 200 years to get it to 12 words... Each word is carefully selected to relate to a child’s world and works even without any reference to the original. "If you, as a parent, can fill in some of the original tale as part of the reading experience, so much the better! The Cozy Classics website also offers parents story synopses, quotes, and other tools to help keep the story alive as your child grows." - Book Patrol: A Haven for Book Culture
 
"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?
 
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
 
"Super cute! 12 appropriate words + 12 amazingly creative felt scenes = 1 of the cutest and cleverest books ever! And it's a board book! The Pride and Prejudice installment of the new Cozy Classics series by the brothers Wang is so fun and clever! Perfect for the parents who want to start 'em out on classics young. And seriously? Perfect for anyone who loves the classics if only for the illustrations!" - Book Adventures Blog
 
" 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


"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 2012-11-16)

“Remarkable." -The Telegraph (UK)
(Martin Chilton The Telegraph (UK) 2012-10-18)

"Quite simply, delightful." -The Paris Review
(Sadie Stein The Paris Review 2012-08-28)

"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
(Huffington Post 2012-11-14)

"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
(Jolly Reindeer website 2012-12-04)

"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?
(LoveDecorateLetters blog 2012-11-08)

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
(Carrie McBride Apartment Therapy 2012-06-08)

“What a great way to introduce little ones to the classics!” - In the Hammock Blogspot
(In the Hammock Book Reviews 2012-07-27)

About the Author

Jack and Holman Wang are twin brothers who grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia.
They first began writing and illustrating books together in the third grade.
Jack earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona
and a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Florida State University,
where his major area was the history of the novel. He is currently an Assistant Professor in
the Department of Writing at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he specializes in
fiction writing.
Holman, an artist and former middle school teacher, holds a bachelor’s degree in education
and a master’s degree in architecture history, both from the University of British Columbia.
He is the author of Bathroom Stuff, a nonfiction coffee table book on the history of
everything in your bathroom, published by SourceBooks in 2001. His work has been
featured in newspapers and on TV and radio, including NPR and the CBC.
Jack has three and one year-old daughters. Holman has a two year-old daughter and a six
month-old son. They both love reading to their children, and they’re both eager to pass on
the classics.

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
5 star
14
4 star
1
3 star
4
2 star
1
1 star
0
See all 20 customer reviews
It's a durable board book.
Rushmore
The pictures are great, and it is amazing the details they put into the scenes and the felt dolls.
Lyrata
I read this to my best friend's 10 day old baby today, and he was enthralled.
Ian Cunningham

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rushmore VINE VOICE on August 6, 2013
Format: Board book
I bought this book for a special little one on the way, but it is going to be hard to part with. The illustrations are simply beautiful - needle-felted figures, expertly done, that perfectly illustrate the one-word captions.

I had joked with my spouse, since we were asked to bring a storybook for baby's library to the shower, that I was going to get him War and Peace. I was astonished, delighted and thrilled to find this book. It's a durable board book. Hopefully he will love it as much as his Great-Aunt Rushmore does and will keep it for a long time.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Bingmann on September 10, 2013
Format: Board book
My son got this for his first birthday and the whole family loves it. My husband and I love the felted figures, the care taken in creating them, and the composition of the photographs. Each page only has a one-word description, but because of the detailed settings, you know exactly what's going on. I have never read the adult version of this, but I feel like I have the basic concept of the story now. Because I think this is such a unique idea, I bought copies for 2 friends as well.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Sessions on July 7, 2013
Format: Board book
These books are marketed with the line "Give a kid a classic!" I adore literature, and when I got pregnant, I started a new book list in my brain: Books to Introduce to My Son One Day. I aspire to raise a reader, and these books are a wonderful way to get started on that goal.

The illustrations are stunning: needle-felted and wonderfully expressive. I wish they would mass-produce these little vignettes so I could buy them and put them on display in my home library. They're that good. My 11-month-old son loved them, too: he leaned forward, reaching for the characters and interested by the lifelike expressions on their faces.

For honesty's sake: will my son remember (or, really, even understand) the plotline to War and Peace just because I read him this book? Of course not. But it can't hurt to plant the literary seed now. And also, it keeps me engaged. I loved looking for elements of Leo Tolstoy's story in the pages of this book, and they sated my appetite (for now, at least) for sharing a literary classic with my son.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Hines on May 27, 2013
Format: Board book
Cozy Classics: War and Peace by Jack Wang & Holman Wang is a beautiful children's board book that tells a classic tale in a very simplified way.
I think it would be best if the parent is aware of the general story line of the actual classic novel. This way, if the child has any questions or just wants to know more, then the parent can answer them.
I have never read War and Peace but understood enough to still get the gist of the story from this board book.
The thing that drew me in the most was the BEAUTIFUL felt creations. The imagery is amazing. I enjoyed reading this book with my daughter. She is learning sight words and could participate in reading this book. I would definitely read more of this series with her.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Terry on October 27, 2013
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
I thought the concept was interesting...an adult book with no words for children....my grandchildren.
A bit hard to share especially since I didn't read War and Peace!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Lyrata on March 22, 2014
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
It is really fun to read a classic in 10 -15 words. Also, the words are every day words so a great way of introducing vocabulary to babies. I haven't read the real book, but from what I know of the story, this version follows it very well. I love that fact that a baby can also read a classic, at least be introduced to it. This is a great idea. The pictures are great, and it is amazing the details they put into the scenes and the felt dolls. I love these books.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
This book is adorable! It's a very simple toddler book (one or two word descriptions and a picture for each page). It's perfect for my 2.5 yr old who is learning about books and sight words, and it's fun to have in our collection. I'll be ordering more from the Cozy Classics for sure!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By LHC on December 30, 2013
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
My 16-month-old daughter just loves, loves, loves this. She also loves their *Pride and Prejudice*, but seems to have developed a strong preference for this one -- as in, last night we had to read it five times in a row. There really is something about the words and felt dolls that small children just love; I was initially skeptical, but am totally sold and will be getting the rest of them as well.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?