Cozy Classics by Jack and Holman Wang presents Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre, and Emma.
Published November 20, 2013
Reviewed from NetGalley
Oh Cozy Classics, how I love thee! Twelve words, twelve pictures, two minutes to read and appreciate each. It's like Cliff Notes on speed!
Oliver Twist manages to hit all the high points with the darling felted characters. You understand the trouble that Oliver went through and the pictures tell quite a story.
I think something was lost in translation with Jane Eyre. It didn't make much sense, despite the beautiful felted pictures. Maybe Jan Eyre is too complex to boil down to 12 words. Maybe they should shoot for 16 words instead.
Now Emma was adorable! She gives you that sly little wink twice in the book and the adult reader will know exactly what's going one. Again, this volume does a nice job of hitting the high points and leaves plenty more to tell in the pictures, which are perfect as always.
Of these three, Emma was by far my favorite. But truly, these are board books that are going to be chewed up by little "readers". This just gives parents something entertaining while they read and play with their children. Reading Cozy Classics most likely won't result in your child being a Harvard grad, but it will give you a little something to chuckle about while your little is flinging the book across the room. Maybe your kid just doesn't get Dickens.
Cozy Classics has already announced that they will do Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer next, so tiny literature fans will have more classics to look forward to.
See my reviews of Moby Dick, Pride and Prejudice, Les Miserables, and War and Peace for more fun with Cozy Classics.