Saturday, May 3, 2014

Review: Cozy Classics: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Jack Wang, Holman Wang

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. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is Mark Twain’s timeless tale of childhood about an imaginative boy who’s always getting into trouble, and is one of the world’s most beloved classics. Now you can share this classic with children of any age.
I read a few of the Cozy Classics books before and I knew I just had to read this one too.

In Cozy Classics: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the story of Tom Sawyer is condensed into just a few words that represent important scenes in the book. The pictures make use of tiny dolls that show the scene the word is supposed to represent.

Just like with the other books, I liked this one as well. I particularly like the use of the novel's first page in the background of the first included image. The chosen words do represent some key scenes, so kids might get the gist of the story.

These books are a great way to introduce kids to new words and it may help them remember the words better if they associate pictures with the words. These books are a good book to read aloud to toddlers and younger children, but if you don't really know the original novel, you may have a hard time telling older kids what exactly happens in the included scenes.

Thanks to NetGalley and Simply Read Books for the e-ARC. Publication date of Cozy Classics: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is on May 23, 2014.


  1. It's a good book to read to very young children.
  2. The pictures and words are well-chosen.
  3. It can help kids improve their vocabulary. 


  1. You may have a hard time explaining the story to older kids if you don't remember or haven't read the original novel yet. 


  1. You are looking for books your very young child may enjoy.
  2. You want to introduce your toddler to the classics.
  3. You liked the novel version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. 



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