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Cozy Classics for Young and Old

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. 

  • 12 of 1512. Poor
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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. 

  • 13 of 1513. Fire
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    13. Fire

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

  • 14 of 1514. Sad
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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. 

  • 15 of 1515. Garden
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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. 

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