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Cozy Classics: Les Miserables
     

Cozy Classics: Les Miserables

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by Jack Wang, Holman Wang
 

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Give a kid a classic! Cozy Classics is the popular board book series that presents well-loved stories to children aged 0+ through twelve child-friendly words and twelve needle-felted illustrations. Les Misérables is Victor Hugo’s sweeping French saga about one man’s search for redemption in a world of hardship and misery, and is one

Overview

Give a kid a classic! Cozy Classics is the popular board book series that presents well-loved stories to children aged 0+ through twelve child-friendly words and twelve needle-felted illustrations. Les Misérables is Victor Hugo’s sweeping French saga about one man’s search for redemption in a world of hardship and misery, and is one of the world’s most beloved classics. Now you can share this classic with children of any age.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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
 
Vulture.com - Margaret Lyons and Amanda Dobbins
"An adorable fuzzy picture-book version of Victor Hugo's classic. Look at cozy Marius falling in love with cozy Cosette! And cozy Valjean! It's enough to make us support a cozy revolution." ~Vulture.com
The Wallstreet Journal - Meghan Cox Gurdon
"Enchanting... Jack and Holman Wang have done a service to literate families everywhere with their Cozy Classics" ~ The Wall Street Journal
The Telegraph (UK) - Martin Chilton
“Remarkable." -The Telegraph (UK)
The Paris Review - Sadie Stein
"Quite simply, delightful." -The Paris Review
Huffington Post
"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
Jolly Reindeer website
"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
LoveDecorateLetters blog
"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?
Apartment Therapy - Carrie McBride
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
In the Hammock Book Reviews
“What a great way to introduce little ones to the classics!” - In the Hammock Blogspot
Kirkus Reviews
The melodramatic French novel of sin and redemption set against various backdrops of unrest is boiled down to 12 words. Yep: 12. Words. This board book for the nascent genius begins with "poor," includes such stirring language as "happy" and "climb" and ends with "together." Perfectly adorable felt dolls posed against (mostly) three-dimensional backgrounds depict the characters displaying the emotions/characteristics or engaging in the actions described. "Rich" positions a prosperous-looking Jean Valjean in a blue frock coat in front of, presumably, his factory; turn the page to see a "sad" Cosette dressed in rags and wielding a broom, looking out a window. With or without significant interpolation (like, several hundred pages' worth) from an adult, there is absolutely no way any baby chewing and drooling on this book will make the connection between those two figures and the now-adult Cosette and graying Jean Valjean out for a merry "stroll." But forget the gaps in narrative; how many babies have yet wrapped their heads around the concepts of "rich" and "poor"? Publishing simultaneously, Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace delivers a similarly sweetly illustrated, ludicrous truncation. Just the ticket for the tot who's applying early-early-early-early-early decision to Harvard; better hope the RAs will change diapers. (Board book. 1-3)
Children's Literature - Emily Griffin
Classics for babies. The “Cozy Classics” series takes literary masterpieces and cuts them down to a few short words. Simple scenes made with felt illustrate the story, taking up the right page of this board book. On the left page, printed on a soft solid color with a simple border, one word captures the essence of the scene. This edition of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables starts with the word “poor” and is illustrated with a felt figurine of a weary-looking man (Jean Valjean). Pages later, the word “stroll” show Valjean and Cosette walking in a park. “Fire” represents the French Revolution. Finally, “together” ends the epic tale, with an old Valjean sitting with Cosette and Marius around him. A long story shortly told! This series will get a chuckle from adults and is creative with its staging of felt scenes, but may not be the most engaging title for very young children. This would most appeal to parents who want to have some fun with building, or decorating, their young ones’ book collection. Reviewer: Emily Griffin; Ages 3 mo. to 3.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781927018217
Publisher:
Simply Read Books
Publication date:
05/30/2013
Series:
Cozy Classics Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

Meet the Author

Jack and Holman Wang are twin brothers who grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, where Holman still lives. As well as being the creators of the Star Wars Epic Yarns board books, Jack is a professor of writing at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, and Holman, a former middle school teacher, is an artist and author.

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Cozy Classics: les Miserables 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Cozy Classics. The felt dolls are amazingly detailed and the word that accompanies each photograph is the perfect starter for retelling the story. I think this series is not as popular as some other infant classics because parents need to be familiar with the story, but parents who aren't should get acquainted with the classics.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 19 month old grandson LOVES his Cozy Classic books. He currently has Les Mis and War & Peace, which are beautifully presented. He watches no television as they don't have a TV, and focuses on other activities. He's very conversant and his parents have been careful to suitably adapt the storyline. He loves to read, has 50+ books in his own library and just recently "read" War & Peace to me on Skype, as he's memorized the book. I am purchasing and pre-ordering all the remaining titles for him and truly hope to see many more Cozy Classics in the future, which I will purchase without hesitation.
TeenAtHeart More than 1 year ago
I admit that the main reason I requested this from NetGalley was to see how on earth they were going to present a tale of thievery, prostitution, and bloodshed to children. It's...uh... not something you see every day. The felting is incredible, but that's about all of the positive praise I can give this book. If you didn't already know the story of Les Mis, you would be terribly confused. The Husband and I read this book to the kids, but twisted the story so that it wasn't so...depressing. We'll introduce the Classics to them when they're older. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Cozy Classics: Les Miserables 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.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 really enjoyed this book and would read more of this series to/with my child.