Monday, December 26, 2022

Moby Dick in 12 Words--With Plushie Toy Illustrations!



Look what I found in the dollar store! It's the Cozy Classics Moby Dick.  As the back copy explains:

Teach your child simple words, concepts and stories--and an appreciation of the classics! In each book, twelve adorable needle-felted scenes and twelve child-friendly words capture hte essence of a beloved masterpiece.

Here's the passage explaining the conflict at the heart of this classic work:



And here's the moving ending:


Which I believe nobly sums up the novel's Epilogue:


The drama's done. Why then here does any one step forth?- Because one did survive the wreck.

It so chanced, that after the Parsee's disappearance, I was he whom the Fates ordained to take the place of Ahab's bowsman, when that bowsman assumed the vacant post; the same, who, when on the last day the three men were tossed from out of the rocking boat, was dropped astern. So, floating on the margin of the ensuing scene, and in full sight of it, when the halfspent suction of the sunk ship reached me, I was then, but slowly, drawn towards the closing vortex. When I reached it, it had subsided to a creamy pool. Round and round, then, and ever contracting towards the button-like black bubble at the axis of that slowly wheeling circle, like another Ixion I did revolve. Till, gaining that vital centre, the black bubble upward burst; and now, liberated by reason of its cunning spring, and, owing to its great buoyancy, rising with great force, the coffin life-buoy shot lengthwise from the sea, fell over, and floated by my side. Buoyed up by that coffin, for almost one whole day and night, I floated on a soft and dirgelike main. The unharming sharks, they glided by as if with padlocks on their mouths; the savage sea-hawks sailed with sheathed beaks. On the second day, a sail drew near, nearer, and picked me up at last. It was the devious-cruising Rachel, that in her retracing search after her missing children, only found another orphan. 

 There are also adaptations of Great Expectations, Pride & Prejudice, War & Peace, and the first three Star Wars movies. All of them exactly twelve words long. You can learn more about Cozy Classics by clicking here.



HANNAH'S DAD said...

The Cozy Classics version of Pride and Prejudice is a delight. It’s twelve words are very well chosen, and the felt figures used in the illustrations are delicious.

HANNAH'S DAD said...

I read a little further on the Cozy Classics site and found an interesting post on three mistakes which were almost Made with their books. They certainly dodged at least 2 bullets from proposed changes:

Michael Swanwick said...

I read that too. Astonishing that an editor would make such suggestions.