I love Jane Austen! She is, undoubtedly, my favorite author so when I saw Jack and Holman Wang were bringing to life another Austen classic with their enthralling needle-felted characters, I was ecstatic. Regardless of whether the reader is within the intended age range of this series (0-3 year old), or more than a bit past it, like me, the colorful and creative images offer an enchanting experience.
Years ago, as I delved into the tale for the first time, I groaned as Emma’s meddling created some painful situations, and I fell in love with Mr. Knightley’s firm, yet loving manner. Thanks to this Cozy Classic, I experienced all those emotions again. Needle-felted or not, Emma is just as interfering, and Mr. Knightley is just as charming. Readers will cheer as they finally come together in the end.
While it’s lots of fun knowing the original tale to fill in the story, it is by no means a requirement for the enjoyment of this board book. The 12 toddler-friendly words and delightful pictures that make up this book are more than enough to capture the reader and offer plenty of space for the imagination to roam.
Once again, I strongly recommend this Cozy Classic. I, for one, would love to see all of Austen’s novels formatted in this entertaining and unique style, and would definitely be first in line to get my hands on them. Congratulations, Wang Brothers, on this incredible series!
Review copy provided by Turnaround. Thanks!
**Originally posted on Fiction Addict.