I have read all of Jane Austen works, many biographies, nonfiction, and oodles of sequels - but an Austen-inspired children's board book? Whoa! Curious? I was. Don't ya just love the creativity that our Jane inspires?
When I first heard about Pride & Prejudice: Little Miss Austen (BabyLit) by Jennifer Adams, the same author who wrote the lovely Remarkably Jane: Notable Quotations on Jane Austen, I was quite intrigued. Would this be a retelling of one of my favorite classic novels for very young readers? How would it translate into a children's counting primer? And, how the heck would I review a children's book - total virgin territory for me.
Once I had a copy of the book in hand, many of my concerns were immediately dispelled. It was indeed a board book, a small compact cardboard version of a book - easy for a child to hold, unrippable and chewable. (Yes. As a bookseller, I have seen many a toddler stick a board book in their mouth and gnaw on it like a teething ring.) At 22 pages, it was both compact and lightweight, but what will ultimately appeal to parent and child is the total Pride and Prejudice theme that author Jennifer Adams and illustrator Alison Oliver have embraced. From the bright and cheery front cover displaying an image of (one assumes) a wide eyed, and very young Miss Austen, to the 20 clever and striking illustrations inside, I was awed by the choice of characters, Regency clothing and objects used and the ease of the text. . .
Charming, whimsical and historical accurate, Pride & Prejudice: Little Miss Austen, offers the very young reader an early introduction to Jane Austen - planting seeds for her total world take-over!(Laurel Ann Nattress Austenprose.com 2011-08-03)
I don’t usually write about books for babies but today I came across a set of board books that I just had to share with all of you. Perfect as a gift for a literary-loving expectant mother or to introduce your little one to the classics, BabyLit® has brilliantly created primers out of classic literature such as Pride & Prejudice, Romeo & Juliet and Alice in Wonderland, written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Allison Oliver. Four of the titles have even been turned into iBooks and are available for purchase on the iBookstore. Not only that, you can purchase prints, stuffed character dolls, buttons and totes that correspond with each of the tales. How adorable would these Pride & Prejudice prints be to decorate a little girl’s nursery, complete with a Mr. Darcy doll? I’m honestly in love with these products!
As for an actual review, and not just décor suggestions, I purchased the iBook version of Little Miss Austen: Pride & Prejudice (one of my absolute favorites) and was impressed with the format of the text and bright images. I also loved the simple interactivity that can be found by touching the pictures on certain pages. Children will love to find the sounds of people talking, horses neighing and music playing as they read this story.(Amy The Brilliant Blog for Children's Books 2013-03-07)
For Suzanne—J.A.For Louanne—A.O. Text © 2011 Jennifer Adams Illustrations © 2011 Alison Oliver BabyLit™ is a registered trademark of Gibbs Smith, Publisher All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced by any means whatsoever without written permission from the publisher, except brief portions quoted for purpose of review. Designed by Alison Oliver Printed and bound in Heshan, China by Leo Paper Manufactured in Heshan, China in May 2011 by Leo Paper Products, Ltd. Gibbs Smith books are printed on either recycled, 100% post-consumer waste, FSC-certified papers or on paper produced from sustainable PEFC-certified forest/controlled wood source. Learn more at www.pefc.org. Published by Gibbs Smith P.O. Box 667 Layton, Utah 84041 1.800.835.4993 orders www.gibbs-smith.com ISBN: 978-1-4236-2202-4 First Edition 15 14 13 12 11 5 4 3 2 1 BabyLit™ is a fashionable way to introduce your child to the world of classic literature. Visit BabyLit.com for more information.
As an Austen fan, I could not have been more excited to see this book. I picked up a copy and loved the illustrations, vibrant colors, and the writing. Read morePublished 10 days ago by CSWong
This book is too cute. I'm a die-hard Jane Austen fan, and I bought this for my daughter's first birthday. Read morePublished 15 days ago by J. Nesbitt
This is a counting book, 1 English village, 2 rich gentleman... and so on. It is very cute and illustrations are awesome!Published 28 days ago by Kelly Cogar
I read the reviews and thought wow, this book must be amazing. It's ten pages with equally as many words. The colors are vivid and my son does grab it so I can read it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alexis