This week I’m presenting a rather high brow blog about classic literature. Together we are going to go on a journey of intellectual discovery and nourishment, we are going to sniff the rarefied air of …

Oh, all right, we’re going to talk about baby books. Are you happy now?

Let’s compromise and talk about two new titles that have come in recently. They are from the Cozy Classics series, which is a new sensation in board books that distils some of the ‘great works’ of literature into 12 child-friendly words accompanied by 12 beautifully handcrafted images of needle-felted characters. The cuteness and simplicity of the single word/felted illustration combination will appeal to children, while the skill involved in condensing such weighty works into 12 succinct words will appeal to adults.

If nothing else, I can now say I’ve not just watched Oliver Twist but actually read it!

What … it’s technically true. Don’t look at me like that!

Jane Austen’s Emma / Jack and Holman Wang

Jane Austen's Emma

Despite Mr. Knightley’s objections, Emma is determined to see her friend Harriet married to a gentleman. Will Emma succeed in making the match?

Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist / Jack and Holman Wang

Dickens' Oliver Twist

After years of hardship in an orphanage, Oliver runs away to London, where he joins a gang of pickpockets. Will he escape a life of crime?

These board books are indeed “So adorable it makes our hearts hurt” ~ Vulture.com

After some classic literature I guess we’d better sing some classic rhymes. How about these?

HickoryDickory

Hickory, Dickory Dock
(1744)

Hickory, dickory, dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down,
Hickory, dickory, dock.

Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey Diddle Diddle
(1765)

Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon

If you’d like to make a comment, or suggest any other classic adaptations you would like to see on our shelves, we would be delighted to hear from you.