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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 of the world’s most beloved classics. No 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.


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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 of the world’s most beloved classics. No 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.

30 review for Cozy Classics: Les Miserables

  1. 4 out of 5

    Justyn Rampa

    The best adaptation of Les Mis I've ever read. Subsequently, the only adaptation of Les Mis I've ever completed;-) The best adaptation of Les Mis I've ever read. Subsequently, the only adaptation of Les Mis I've ever completed;-)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    The felt characters are beautiful. This book's words are vague and clearly intended to snare parents not for babies or even young children to enjoy--Strange. The felt characters are beautiful. This book's words are vague and clearly intended to snare parents not for babies or even young children to enjoy--Strange.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Danette

    I need to re-read the original.

  4. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    This is a story I know well and being obsessed with the musical, I've even read the novel... or skimmed it anyway... The 14 words here just aren't enough to tell the story. It misses why Valjean and young Cosette "climb" and "run" because it just shows Valjean as "poor" and then "rich." The word choice for the battle between students and soldiers is "fire." Why not fight? The illustrations are photographs of needle-felted props. They are amazing, though a little dark for a children's book. The f This is a story I know well and being obsessed with the musical, I've even read the novel... or skimmed it anyway... The 14 words here just aren't enough to tell the story. It misses why Valjean and young Cosette "climb" and "run" because it just shows Valjean as "poor" and then "rich." The word choice for the battle between students and soldiers is "fire." Why not fight? The illustrations are photographs of needle-felted props. They are amazing, though a little dark for a children's book. The first page shows an actual page from the novel in the background. This one is going to require some explanation if I read it to my nieces. My infant nephew's opinion is that it's good to chew on.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)

    Le Mis distilled into 12 words! Yes, twelve. I don't know why I bothered setting myself reading the challenge of reading the real thing when I could just read it in twelve words? The illustrations- pictures of felted dolls are fabulous. Le Mis distilled into 12 words! Yes, twelve. I don't know why I bothered setting myself reading the challenge of reading the real thing when I could just read it in twelve words? The illustrations- pictures of felted dolls are fabulous.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    3 STARS This is a nice picture book. Very few words but lots of pictures that tell the story. Very simply told. Good for babies and toddlers who like picture books. It would also help if adults had read the book and can explain more about the pictures. I was given this ebook for free and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley. publication: May 30th 2013 by Simply Read Books 24 pages ISBN: 1927018218 Description below taken off of Netgalley. Give a kid a classic! Cozy Classics is the popu 3 STARS This is a nice picture book. Very few words but lots of pictures that tell the story. Very simply told. Good for babies and toddlers who like picture books. It would also help if adults had read the book and can explain more about the pictures. I was given this ebook for free and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley. publication: May 30th 2013 by Simply Read Books 24 pages ISBN: 1927018218 Description below taken off of Netgalley. 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David

    It loses something in the translation. This very loose interpretation of Victor Hugo's classic Les Miserables suffers from the adaptation of the original work. If you didn't know that the character in the first illustrations are the same person then you might interpret the whole work differently. Jean ValJean is poor. And then he's rich? No. That's not quite right. And how do we know that the happy girl is the daughter of the sad lady? And where is the greedy innkeeper? AND HOW DO WE GLOSS OVER TH It loses something in the translation. This very loose interpretation of Victor Hugo's classic Les Miserables suffers from the adaptation of the original work. If you didn't know that the character in the first illustrations are the same person then you might interpret the whole work differently. Jean ValJean is poor. And then he's rich? No. That's not quite right. And how do we know that the happy girl is the daughter of the sad lady? And where is the greedy innkeeper? AND HOW DO WE GLOSS OVER THE MASSACRE OF THE STUDENTS?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    I adore the felted characters and one word a page. My concern is the creep factor on the happy page. It looks like Valjean is buying Cosette. When it’s more a ransom. I’d have chosen others words as well. All in all it’s very clever. This and the other Cosy Classics are definitely conversation starters.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Average looking dolls in ho hum photos with one word (e.g. happy, sad, rich, poor) descriptions are supposed to give a quick, cosy overview of Victor Hugo's classic. A cartoon would have been better. It's a cute idea, but needed more development. Average looking dolls in ho hum photos with one word (e.g. happy, sad, rich, poor) descriptions are supposed to give a quick, cosy overview of Victor Hugo's classic. A cartoon would have been better. It's a cute idea, but needed more development.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tomi Alger

    This Cozy Classic is a wonderful retelling of the story with basic words and accompanying pictures. A poor man becomes rich, and a sad girl is given a safe home. Yet, trouble still abounds for them, but they do persevere. A wonderful little board book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Caufman

    Love the concept of these books. Thought some word choices could have been better.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I really wanted to know how they were going to make Les Miserables kid-friendly, and somehow they did.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kaz

    Unlike some of the others I didn't think this really gave the feeling of what Les Miserables is about. Excellent needle work on photos. DNP. Unlike some of the others I didn't think this really gave the feeling of what Les Miserables is about. Excellent needle work on photos. DNP.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pug

    Wow!!! First of all, they were serious about a "12-word book." Each page was one word, which you might imagine would be impossible for Hugo's 1,500 tome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And yet, this book did a fantastic job at portraying Les Misérables! The illustrations (photographs with cute, felt characters) spoke volumes. And for crazy superfans like me, there were even plot elements in the background of the pictures. I'm very impressed with this boardbook. Not sure how well people entirely unfamiliar wi Wow!!! First of all, they were serious about a "12-word book." Each page was one word, which you might imagine would be impossible for Hugo's 1,500 tome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And yet, this book did a fantastic job at portraying Les Misérables! The illustrations (photographs with cute, felt characters) spoke volumes. And for crazy superfans like me, there were even plot elements in the background of the pictures. I'm very impressed with this boardbook. Not sure how well people entirely unfamiliar with Les Miz would be able to follow it. But it certainly did Les Miz justice.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    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 learn 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Cozy classics indeed! In this well-designed board book, young readers are introduced to Victor Hugo's Les Miserables and its rag to riches story. Although it's impossible to capture the complexity of that masterpiece with all of its drama, romance, and political intrigue set against the backdrop of revolution, this book does a good job of identifying 12 words that are significant to the story and then crafting 12 different scenes with felt that enable readers to have a handle on what the heart o Cozy classics indeed! In this well-designed board book, young readers are introduced to Victor Hugo's Les Miserables and its rag to riches story. Although it's impossible to capture the complexity of that masterpiece with all of its drama, romance, and political intrigue set against the backdrop of revolution, this book does a good job of identifying 12 words that are significant to the story and then crafting 12 different scenes with felt that enable readers to have a handle on what the heart of the story involves. I consider this book as a great starting place for conversations about the book, its plot, and its characters, and it will certainly support a later, more mature reading of the book itself in later years. I cannot get enough of these Cozy Classics and would love to know more about how the author chooses the words used and scenes depicted! I'm heading over to the website to learn more now.

  17. 4 out of 5

    dust

    I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. This is a relatively endearing and sweet rendition of the classic. While obviously much is pared down to accommodate for the length and the audience, Wang still does an effective job at making an accessible read for children. This book is ideal for parents who might want to introduce their children to their own beloved stories before they are old enough to tackle the depth and intensity of the original or its many adaptations. What wins t I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. This is a relatively endearing and sweet rendition of the classic. While obviously much is pared down to accommodate for the length and the audience, Wang still does an effective job at making an accessible read for children. This book is ideal for parents who might want to introduce their children to their own beloved stories before they are old enough to tackle the depth and intensity of the original or its many adaptations. What wins the most points, however, in my mind, is the art: the felt and needlepoint work is charming in the happier images and suitably dark and evoking in the lower points of the story. It successfully covers a fairly broad range and is, all in all, well done. A good adaptation for children to ween them onto the classics.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Drew Graham

    There once was a man who committed a crime, served his time, and spent the rest of his life trying to make up for it, always being hounded by the law, despite his continued efforts to be a good man and a good father. I'm really getting into this series. The illustration style using photographed felt characters is unique and interesting, and the descriptive images coupled with the very little text tell the story while still using vocabulary that's actually fitting for a board book. It was fun to s There once was a man who committed a crime, served his time, and spent the rest of his life trying to make up for it, always being hounded by the law, despite his continued efforts to be a good man and a good father. I'm really getting into this series. The illustration style using photographed felt characters is unique and interesting, and the descriptive images coupled with the very little text tell the story while still using vocabulary that's actually fitting for a board book. It was fun to see how this telling of Les Misérables told such a complex story in such a simple way, and it was interesting to note which elements and characters took a back seat, and which weren't mentioned or shown at all. It's also funny how even in this edition the cover art features the iconic image of young urchin Cosette pitifully holding a broom.

  19. 4 out of 5

    AH

    3.5 stars, just for the clever use of emotions. Found a bunch of these books at the local bookstore and had a few chuckles reading them in all of two minutes flat. These make great baby gifts and think about it, what parent wouldn't want to boast that they read Les Miserables to their infant? The book is illustrated with lovely little felt people and each page has one word describing the emotion of the story. Really cute. 3.5 stars, just for the clever use of emotions. Found a bunch of these books at the local bookstore and had a few chuckles reading them in all of two minutes flat. These make great baby gifts and think about it, what parent wouldn't want to boast that they read Les Miserables to their infant? The book is illustrated with lovely little felt people and each page has one word describing the emotion of the story. Really cute.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Thelibrarygirl

    This is just amazing. Ive just read this book in the digital version and i couldnt believe my eyes. They managed to make such an intense and long book into a 13 pages childrens book with only one word every other page. The characters are made with felt and on the opposite page you will find one word: love, together, dark, etc. Its the best way to start kinder children in the love for classics.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    I love this unique take on children's picture books. The felted dolls are absolutely adorable and so expressive. There are few words to the books but each page tells its tale beautifully. New readers will be able to understand the words and young children will enjoy looking at the dolls and the extra details. I love this unique take on children's picture books. The felted dolls are absolutely adorable and so expressive. There are few words to the books but each page tells its tale beautifully. New readers will be able to understand the words and young children will enjoy looking at the dolls and the extra details.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This series is not the most eloquent introduction to literary classics for children. But the felt dolls, their expressions, and the authors one word of choice per page spread, are certainly humorous from an adult perspective. Each one of these makes me laugh! And anything that makes me laugh, is worthwhile to me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The brothers Wang have done it again! Gorgeously illustrated, inspired word choices, and beautifully packaged. If you have a little one in your life to buy for, Cozy Classics are an absolutely failsafe choice.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Combs

    This is a nice picture book. Very few words but lots of pictures that tell the story. Very simply told. Good for babies and toddlers who like picture books. It would also help if adults had read the book and can explain more about the pictures.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    simple & sweet little book of words with their description clearly shown with super cute felt dolls ** thanks to NetGalley & the publishers for this copy!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    4 Stars I love this book for the feted characters and the ability to cut a story to seven words.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kerrikoala

    This is a much shorter version than what a co-worker battled through last year. LOL. I just watched the movie, so I had to page through this version. I'm not surprised that they left out Fantine. This is a much shorter version than what a co-worker battled through last year. LOL. I just watched the movie, so I had to page through this version. I'm not surprised that they left out Fantine.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Burton

    THIS IS PERFECTION.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kandice

    Once again, the Cozy Classics pull through with an adorable board book that will win your toddler's heart. A great introduction to early language and the Classics. Once again, the Cozy Classics pull through with an adorable board book that will win your toddler's heart. A great introduction to early language and the Classics.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy Pilkington

    Not really a "read" but a really cute distillation of the book. So many of these are poorly done, but not this series. Not really a "read" but a really cute distillation of the book. So many of these are poorly done, but not this series.

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