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Cozy Classics: Pride and Prejudice Board book – November 15, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 3 years
  • Series: Cozy Classics (Book 2)
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Simply Read Books; Brdbk edition (November 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1927018129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927018125
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"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)

"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

"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

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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

"The classic novel is beautifully expressed with knitted characters... it is obvious that the writers care about the story and are fans as well." - Scott D. Southard, author, A Jane Austen Daydream

"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

"I loved this book before I even opened it. The idea - making a board book out of Jane Austen's most treasured novel - is just too delicious for words. And the cover! Look at dear Elizabeth Bennet protecting her bonnet from the wind and tugging at her muddy skirt. Priceless." - Clark Bookmark 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
 
 
“This fresh take on Pride and Prejudice is part of the new Cozy Classics series, which blends simple text with beautiful needle-felted illustrations for a kid-friendly spin on beloved tales. It’s the perfect way for Jane Austen fans to get their little one hooked from an early age.” - Canadian Family
 
""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
 
""A must-read for moms who love Austen"" - Richmond Parents Magazine
 
""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
 
""I loved reading to my children when they were small, and I know we would have enjoyed reading this book together. 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. My daughter has suggested that there may even be a market for the beautifully crafted figures, and I agree with her. I have now ordered copies as Christmas gifts for all the small people in my life. They cannot be exposed to good literature soon enough, and this is a charmingly simple and easy way to do it."" - Austenonly blog
 
""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 books 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
  
""It’s never too early to share the classic Pride and Prejudice story with your little one, especially when it’s accompanied by cute needle-felted images such as the one on the cover. There are just 12 baby-friendly words included in this delightful board book."" - Australia Homespun Magazine
 
""Jane Austen’s timeless tale of first impressions returns, but this time ready to capture the imagination of the youngest readers in the family. Pride and Prejudice jumps off the page as never before through colorful, needle-felted characters that bring to life the beautiful story of love, friendship, and family...Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite novel, so when I came across this board book, I couldn’t resist requesting to review it. I’m so glad I did. I may be way out of its intended audience (0-3 year olds), but that didn’t keep me from thoroughly enjoying it and becoming enthralled by the images. I felt like I’d discovered Pride and Prejudice all over again. I strongly recommend this book to anyone with special little people in his/her life (because one is never too young to get hooked on Jane Austen), as well as to those, who like me are Pride and Prejudice junkies and want another way to experience the story"" - Radiant Lit
 
""Another book in the ""Cozy Classics"" series is Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The needle-felted illustrations for this ""timeless romance"" are for the words: friends, sisters, dance, mean, sick, muddy, yes, no, write, read, walk and marry. The colourful illustrations are very good."" - Simcoe.com
 
""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
 
“The book establishes that less is more, as long as the “less” is judiciously representative of the original. The 12 words selected to tell the story of Pride and Prejudice are twelve words common to board books already, with the obvious exception of “marry.” Once they are paired with the needle felted tableaus, which are quite attractive and must have required a lot of time and skill to create, the book kind of makes sense and reaches a level of interpretation which the counting primer, with it’s sly winks to the adult reader, does not.” - Comparing Pride and Prejudice board books: From JA to YA

"" 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 Wall Street Journal)

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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Customer Reviews

I love P&P and my 22 month old loved this book as well.
Allison Kee
Bringing classic literature to infants would be great by itself, but the fantastic visual accompaniment is what gives the books a distinctive look and feel.
MailOrderNinja
This is my new go-to baby gift (I've already bought it for two babies!).
Jenny B

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My son loves this book. He has a lot of fun looking at the pictures, to him they're like toys or stuffed animals that have come to life, and I'm always entertained at how they summed the entire book up in just a dozen words.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MailOrderNinja on November 16, 2012
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It's not often we find ourselves truly examining or appreciating the board books that we read our young children and babies. Usually they are either purely educational or entertainment with bright colorful pictures usually focusing on first words, colors or some zany story. In this sense Cozy Classics is a breath of fresh air and an idea that executes flawlessly.

Taking the classics, such as the first two available books Pride and Prejudice and Moby Dick, in twelve simple words the authors boil down the essence of the story and distill it in an easy to understand format geared toward the little ones. Bringing classic literature to infants would be great by itself, but the fantastic visual accompaniment is what gives the books a distinctive look and feel.

On each page you'll find illustrations of a needle-felted variety. Various dolls and set pieces are lovingly lighted and pictured depicting various scenes from the classic. The scenes themselves are usually set up well and clear from just looking at them what is going on. Even the overall quality of the book itself is outstanding, every page is heavy and completely baby slobber repellant.

In another nice move the book itself is fashioned after an actual novel. Most book boards tend to be small and square or long and rectangular while with Cozy Classics the spine and everything about the book mimics an actual novel. Intentional or not I found it to be a fantastic touch to an already world class experience.

I have two children, a 6 year old boy and a 4 and a half month baby girl. Pride and Prejudice was the book I received by mail and my daughter was instantly entranced by the well done pictures of the dolls.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jenny B on November 8, 2012
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This is a beautiful adaptation of one of my very favorite books. They somehow manage to convey the narrative arc of the story in only 12 words, the felt figures are fantastic representations of each character, and the photographs are really gorgeous. This is my new go-to baby gift (I've already bought it for two babies!). Wonderful baby book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bookmark on December 8, 2012
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I loved this book before I even opened it. The idea - making a board book out of Jane Austen's most treasured novel - is just too delicious for words. And the cover! Look at dear Elizabeth Bennet protecting her bonnet from the wind and tugging at her muddy skirts. Priceless.

Brothers Jack and Holman Wang condensed "Pride and Prejudice" down to twelve toddler-friendly words. Then they created and photographed sculptured dolls to illustrate the simplified story. The Wang brothers make the dolls by needle felting: using a barbed needle to tangle and compact wool fibers, forming three-dimensional felt sculptures. They are remarkably lively and absolutely beautiful.

The first spread displays the word "friends" and we see Mr. Bingley smiling, his hand on the shoulder of Mr. Darcy. They are standing in front of the first page of the novel where we can just make out that oh-so famous opening line, "It is a truth universally acknowledged..." Delightful!

I give this four stars only because I think that it has a niche audience - if you don't know P&P, you'll still like the book, but you won't be able to fully appreciate it. Perhaps it will inspire you to read the original! If you already enjoy Jane Austen, "Cozy Classics: Pride and Prejudice" is a must.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Guest Hollow on January 16, 2013
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Well, O.K. that's a huge exaggeration. I've had teens and that pretty much cured any baby yearnings I may have had in the past... ;-) But still...these books are so deliciously CUTE! They combine adorableness (perfect for babies & toddlers) with the classics (perfect for literature loving moms & dads).

I always worked hard to nurture the love of literature in my children from an early age. I wish this brilliant idea of a baby board book was around when they were in arms. What a perfect way to introduce babies to time-honored stories and characters! Babies won't have any idea of what is going on, but after cutting their teeth on these board books (perhaps literally, lol) they'll at least have a foundation of being introduced to some of the greatest stories of all time. How many of us can say we loved Pride and Prejudice before we could read a word? :-) Thanks to Cozy Classics, that can be a reality for your nerdy baby (and I say that as a compliment).

Each book features felted figures (cozy!) in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. The pictures look almost 3-D and remind me of some of the story books I used to have (and adore) as a child.

Each page features one word on the left side of the 2 page spread and felted character or objects on the 2nd that illustrate a part of the classic story. I find the illustrations (photographs actually) to be really original and endearing.

If I had a baby, I would get these books. Even without one, as a collector of children's books, I'm highly tempted... They are lovely! Who said babies can't be homeschooled? Start their love of literature with these sweet introductions to the classics!

I was given free e book versions of these adorable board books in exchange for my honest review.
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