Cozy Classics for Young and Old

Cozy Classics for Young and Old

Posted 1.1.13

Brothers Jack and Holman Wang teamed up in 2012 to create Cozy Classics, an infant primer board-book series that adapts classic novels into twelve simple, child-friendly words that appear alongside photographs of handmade figurines. The brothers create the characters, sets, and props themselves through the painstaking process of needle-felting, a handcraft that involves the shaping of woolen fibers with a barbed needle. Each figure takes between eighteen and twenty-five hours to create. The first two titles—Herman Melville's Moby-Dick and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice—were released this past November by Vancouver-based Simply Read Books; the next release, a cozy take on Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, is forthcoming in April.

  • 1 of 1501. Moby-Dick
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    01. Moby-Dick

    The cozy adaptation of Moby-Dick introduces young readers to Melville's classic sea-faring adventure. 

  • 2 of 1502. Sailor
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    02. Sailor

    Ishmael, whose fibrous figurine illustrates the word "sailor," sets off on his famous voyage. 

  • 3 of 1503. Boat
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    03. Boat

    The meticulously needle-felted Pequod, Captain Ahab's famous whaleship, runs alongside the word "boat." 

  • 4 of 1504. Find
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    04. Find

    To accompany the word "find," our hero is perched in a needle-felted crow's nest, one of many handmade set pieces in the Cozy Classics series. 

  • 5 of 1505. Whale
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    05. Whale

    The elusive white whale himself, carefully needle-felted right down to the teeth. 

  • 6 of 1506. Pride and Prejudice
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    06. Pride and Prejudice

    The cozy cover of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, published this past November by Simply Read Books.

  • 7 of 1507. Friends
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    07. Friends

    In the opening scene, the felted figures of Charles Bingley and Mr. Darcy introduce the word "friends" to the youngest of Jane Austen fans. 

  • 8 of 1508. Mean
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    08. Mean

    Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet teach readers what it means to be "mean." 

  • 9 of 1509. Muddy
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    09. Muddy

    Elizabeth gets muddy. This scene, among others in the series, was shot by the creators using natural outdoor backgrounds.

  • 10 of 1510. Read
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    10. Read

    Demonstrating the word "read," Elizabeth Bennet holds Mr. Darcy's famous letter—which, like the characters themselves, is also carefully needle-felted. 

  • 11 of 1511. Les Misérables
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    11. Les Misérables

    The cozy cover of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, forthcoming from Simply Read Books in April. 

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    12. Poor

    In the opening scene, a very poor Jean Valjean, recently released from prison, wanders the streets of Digne in search of a place to stay. 

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    13. Fire

    This needle-felted illustratration representing the word "fire" is set against a delicately hand-crafted background.  

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    14. Sad

    The young Cosette—at the window of a handmade miniature set, with carefully constructed broom in hand—dreams of a day when she will no longer be sad. 

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    15. Garden

    The scene depicted here, whose needle-felted figures stand before a living garden, illustrates one of the cozier moments of Hugo's tale.