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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. War and Peace is Leo Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece about love and friendship in aristocratic Russia during the country’s struggle against Napoleon, and is often considered the grea 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. War and Peace is Leo Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece about love and friendship in aristocratic Russia during the country’s struggle against Napoleon, and is often considered the greatest novel of all time. 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. War and Peace is Leo Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece about love and friendship in aristocratic Russia during the country’s struggle against Napoleon, and is often considered the grea 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. War and Peace is Leo Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece about love and friendship in aristocratic Russia during the country’s struggle against Napoleon, and is often considered the greatest novel of all time. Now you can share this classic with children of any age.  

30 review for Cozy Classics: War and Peace

  1. 5 out of 5

    AH

    Got a baby or toddler around? Want to introduce them to some classic literature? Take a peek at this very clever version of War and Peace. It's specially abridged for the young set, and can be read in under 2 minutes. The illustrations are of lovely felt people and they are very colorful and interesting to look at. As an added bonus, your young one will learn all about emotions. These are cute board books, a little pricey, but they do make a nice baby gift.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Danette

    I'm intrigued. Why did she end up with the other guy?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tim The Enchanter

    Very cute. 1400 pages distilled to 24 for the youngest book lover. Beautiful felt modelled pictures. Great ways to share classics with your children.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Saved me a few 1,000 pages.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    5 stars just for the Boom and Sleep pages.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pug

    Having never read the actual book, I had a difficult time following this story. Perhaps more than 12 words would have helped this one? But I can't complain, because I still got to see those adorable felt figures, and didn't have to waste my time reading the original book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Janna Huyler collins

    This is cute, but I don't know how to review it. I will have to get all of these for the baby in our house!

  8. 5 out of 5

    dust

    I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. Like the others of this series that I have read, this is a relatively endearing and sweet rendition of the classic. However, while still an accessible read for children, I've beginning to think this one was too pared down. It does the same extreme lightening of the story as Cozy Classics: Les Miserables, but in this case it feels even more like it's been dumbed down. With the Les Misérables version at least the ending did feel like it go I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. Like the others of this series that I have read, this is a relatively endearing and sweet rendition of the classic. However, while still an accessible read for children, I've beginning to think this one was too pared down. It does the same extreme lightening of the story as Cozy Classics: Les Miserables, but in this case it feels even more like it's been dumbed down. With the Les Misérables version at least the ending did feel like it got the spirit across, even if it was presented as much happier. In this, on the other hand, it felt more like it was changed for the sake of the younger audience. Understandable, in some respects, given how young the intended audience is, but still possibly a dangerous alteration. Still, this book is great for parents who might want to introduce their children to their own beloved stories and get them interested in classic tales. Once again the art is quite good. I did not feel it portrayed atmosphere as well as the Les Misérables book did, however, once again seeming much happier and brighter where it was not always suitable. It's well done, but the mood did not fit quite as well-- again, the other book proved to be more true to the original feel.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth "Eli" Olmedo

    I’ve been a huge fan of the classics since a really young age. Leo Tolstoy’s tale of friendship, betrayal, and love captured my heart and secured a high position among my all-time favorites. I have wanted to re-read it for a while, however, finding the time to read one of history’s longest novels presents a challenge. Thanks to Jack and Holman Wang, I finally succeeded to relive the timeless tale of two friends who fall in love with the same woman. Using charming needle-felted characters and 12 t I’ve been a huge fan of the classics since a really young age. Leo Tolstoy’s tale of friendship, betrayal, and love captured my heart and secured a high position among my all-time favorites. I have wanted to re-read it for a while, however, finding the time to read one of history’s longest novels presents a challenge. Thanks to Jack and Holman Wang, I finally succeeded to relive the timeless tale of two friends who fall in love with the same woman. Using charming needle-felted characters and 12 toddler-friendly words, the Wang brothers have put War and Peace in the hands of the next generation of classic fans. This adorable board book will grow with the reader, enhancing his/her vocabulary and story-telling skills while offering countless hours of pleasure. Now, more than ever, I want to return to the book that enchanted me all those years ago. I strongly recommend the Cozy Classic series to young and old alike. Teachers of younger students will especially welcome this addition to their resource library. With the help of one’s imagination, this set of books presents endless possibilities. Prepare yourself to experience the classics in a whole new dimension. Review copy provided by Turnaround. Thanks!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Cozy Classics: War and Peace 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. I have never read War and Peace but understood enough to still get the gist of the story from this board book. The thing that drew me in the most was the Cozy Classics: War and Peace 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. I have never read War and Peace but understood enough to still get the gist of the story from this board book. 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. I would definitely read more of this series with her.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    3 STARS I was expecting a little more of the story. I have never read War and Peace so I thought I could read a Cozy Classics first. This is more a picture book than a story. I love the pictures and this would be good for little little kids. This review alone has more words in it. I was given this ebook for free and asked to give honest review of it. Pub Date May 30 2013 Simply Read Books Smith Publicity 24 pages ISBN-10: 1927018226 Description below taken off of Netgalley Give a kid a classic! 3 STARS I was expecting a little more of the story. I have never read War and Peace so I thought I could read a Cozy Classics first. This is more a picture book than a story. I love the pictures and this would be good for little little kids. This review alone has more words in it. I was given this ebook for free and asked to give honest review of it. Pub Date May 30 2013 Simply Read Books Smith Publicity 24 pages ISBN-10: 1927018226 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. War and Peace is Leo Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece about love and friendship in aristocratic Russia during the country’s struggle against Napoleon, and is often considered the greatest novel of all time. Now you can share this classic with children of any age.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Twelve needle-felted scenes and twelve important words from the Russian classic, War & Peace, introduce very young readers to the storyline. I love the idea of very young readers getting a taste of this important classic, and I'm guessing that it might leave them a little less intimidated to try reading the original later when they are much older. This is a genius idea, of course, and the felted figures somehow manage to express all sorts of emotions. While there's no way to boil down such a com Twelve needle-felted scenes and twelve important words from the Russian classic, War & Peace, introduce very young readers to the storyline. I love the idea of very young readers getting a taste of this important classic, and I'm guessing that it might leave them a little less intimidated to try reading the original later when they are much older. This is a genius idea, of course, and the felted figures somehow manage to express all sorts of emotions. While there's no way to boil down such a complicated book without losing much of its meaning, the creators have done a great job at trying to do so here. While literary lovers will prefer the original book in its entirety, this one is in some respects the equivalent of SparkNotes since it saves readers some time. I enjoyed it for what it was and its originality, and I expect that this series will be quite popular. After all, what parent doesn't want to give his/her child a leg up on the education scene?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    When I first saw the cover and description of this book, I laughed. Initially I just loved the contradiction in the title and series, "War" and Peace and "Cozy" Classics. Then I thought the idea of a board book version was ridiculous. However, after reading it I found it quite clever. Who would've though that a classic work of literature iconic for it's length and heftiness could be reduced to a mere 13 pages and a dozen single words. A story can be gleaned from this brevity, whether or not you When I first saw the cover and description of this book, I laughed. Initially I just loved the contradiction in the title and series, "War" and Peace and "Cozy" Classics. Then I thought the idea of a board book version was ridiculous. However, after reading it I found it quite clever. Who would've though that a classic work of literature iconic for it's length and heftiness could be reduced to a mere 13 pages and a dozen single words. A story can be gleaned from this brevity, whether or not you have read the original.I still question it's appeal to toddlers who are the typical audience for board books. One must also admire the work involved in creating, posing, and photographing the felted characters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Drew Graham

    Once there were two men who both loved the same women. There was some war, there was some peace, and she ended up with one of them. But which one?!? Confession: This vocabulary book for very young children is the most I've ever read of War and Peace . The amazing thing is that I actually managed to get a good amount of the story just by reading these select few words and seeing the felt characters acting it out. I like how this series is able to get across a lot of emotion and character from v Once there were two men who both loved the same women. There was some war, there was some peace, and she ended up with one of them. But which one?!? Confession: This vocabulary book for very young children is the most I've ever read of War and Peace . The amazing thing is that I actually managed to get a good amount of the story just by reading these select few words and seeing the felt characters acting it out. I like how this series is able to get across a lot of emotion and character from very simple scenes through a creative medium, and in this case it did make me more interested in reading the real thing! I like these. Cozy Classics indeed.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maria Hernandez

    This book is really cool and filled with amazing pictures.

  16. 5 out of 5

    David

    To tell the truth, I haven't read it. I haven't read the original War and Peace but if I have gleamed the plot from this book there's a love triangle where one guy goes off to war, gets hurt and is no longer in the picture. The smart guy with glasses stays behind and ends up with the girl. I wear glasses. I really enjoyed this shorter version of War and Peace and recommend it to everyone.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Wang, Jack & Holman Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, BOARD BOOK, Chronicle Books, 2016. $9.95. Content: G. This much abbreviated story of War and Peace is told in twelve words and acted out by felt dolls. It is so cute I can't even stand it! I want the whole set! (Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick and Great Expectations so far) Pre-K - ESSENTIAL Lisa Librarian http://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2016/... Wang, Jack & Holman Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, BOARD BOOK, Chronicle Books, 2016. $9.95. Content: G. This much abbreviated story of War and Peace is told in twelve words and acted out by felt dolls. It is so cute I can't even stand it! I want the whole set! (Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick and Great Expectations so far) Pre-K - ESSENTIAL Lisa Librarian http://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2016/...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Briony

    2.5 stars. I have never read War and Peace, but I understood the concept that Cozy Classics is aiming for with these board books. However, I thought the book was rather too simplistic and left much to be desired for the storyline. I, myself, was confused about what was happening and flipped the pages trying to understand what the words were trying to convey.

  19. 5 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Thelibrarygirl

    I ve already reviewed Les Miserables, from this same series Cozy Classics here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16... These books are just amazing. I would buy them with no doubt. I ve already reviewed Les Miserables, from this same series Cozy Classics here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16... These books are just amazing. I would buy them with no doubt.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ekaterina

    A good test for parents' sense of humour :) Liked this book for it's technique, for the precise choice of the words and for a will to experiment. Don't think it can damage the Russian classic in any way.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This much abbreviated story of War and Peace is told in twelve words and acted out by felt dolls. It is so cute I can't even stand it! I want the whole set! (Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick and Great Expectations so far)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    This is a wonderful book. The figures are beautifully done and the words really well chosen. Who would have thought you can summarise "War and Peace" in 12 words? I am sending it to my great-niece, but may weaken and buy a second copy for myself.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    Unexpectedly fabulous. The needle felted scenes are adorable, the words chosen make sense to my toddler, and we have all enjoyed multiple rereads. I'm now inspired to both read the original and find more of this series.

  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! 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. 5 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. 4 out of 5

    Kandice

    Finally, I can boast that I have read War and Peace!! Yeah, so it was a little condensed, but I finished it in ONE sitting!!! I experienced such delight, I read it again in that same sitting.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brianna Crall

    A bit basic, but love the idea.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Linda Rusche

    Super cute idea for tiny tots. Not really the classics but, c'mon this series are comprised of adorable board books.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vidya Tiru

    I am once again floored by the sheer talent of the Wang brothers. With just the right set of a dozen words and totally adorable photos of awesome needle-felted scenes and characters, they tell the story of these two verbose, word-filled books – ‘Cozy Classics: War and Peace‘ and ‘Cozy Classics: Les Miserables‘. If you have not heard of this series before, you should go ahead and get these books for yourself regardless of whether there are little ones to whom you have to read these books to. Then I am once again floored by the sheer talent of the Wang brothers. With just the right set of a dozen words and totally adorable photos of awesome needle-felted scenes and characters, they tell the story of these two verbose, word-filled books – ‘Cozy Classics: War and Peace‘ and ‘Cozy Classics: Les Miserables‘. If you have not heard of this series before, you should go ahead and get these books for yourself regardless of whether there are little ones to whom you have to read these books to. Then go ahead and get a few more to gift – to just about anyone – new parents, lovers of books, non-lovers of classics.. These books are bite-sized, perfect for little hands to hold on to, and great for introducing the classics (of course!). With these cozy classics, you can have your little one read Moby Dick and then move on to Pride and Prejudice, and these two new ones, and more as the Wang brothers create more Cozy Classics. The next Cozy Classics, according to their Facebook page are Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist, and Emma. Emotions, environment, and everything else about the place, the period, and the people in these stories are captured perfectly in these amazing felted figures. You can use this book to let your child explore the story on her own, or you can fill in the gaps as little or as much as you want, based on how much of this classic you remember (and of course, refresh your memory in the process!) My favorite word in each book (along with it’s photograph): Les Miserables: stroll – the background, the characters in this photo War and Peace: boom! – love the cannon! The website also includes some more information for each book – a cozy version of the book if you need some help with relating the story, cast information, quotes from the book, as well as tips for parents to tell the story. Cozy Classics brings a wonderful new dimension to board books. Thank you, Wang brothers!! Rating: A Reading Level: 1 year and up Reread Level: 5/5 (I am sure the little ones will be rereading this book many times over) Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a digital review copy of these Cozy Classics book. This is my honest review of the books

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