Category: Odds & Ends

So Super Awesome!

This week, Cozy Classics hit the Tumblrsphere in a big way., a photo blog billing itself as “promoting independent artists and makers of awesome”, blogged about Cozy Classics on November 29 and featured images from our current titles (Pride and Prejudice and Moby Dick) and our upcoming titles (Les Misérables and War and Peace). Two days later, the post now… Read more →

Les Miserables Movie Musical

Here’s an extended first look at the movie musical version of Les Misérables coming out this Christmas. It is directed by Tom Hooper, who won an Academy Award for The King’s Speech, and stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. The Cozy Classics version of Les Misérables comes out in early 2013, but is available for pre-sale… Read more →

Happy Birthday Moby Dick!

Moby Dick is seemingly everywhere these days. And today, millions upon millions of people are going to think about Moby Dick as the 161st anniversary of the UK publication of Melville’s masterpiece is commemorated by a new Google doodle. Happy birthday, Moby Dick. We hope it’s a cozy one! Read more →

Doedemee – 100 Book Covers to Fight Illiteracy

Belgian graphic design studio beshart united 100 artists from 28 countries in a unique co-creation project, (re)designing the covers for “The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time” (The Observer, 2003). Their mission: raise awareness for the problem of illiteracy. The full online gallery, which includes the Moby Dick image above by UK artist Shelley Revill, can be found here. Here’s… Read more →

Cetology 101: Then and now

Herman Melville entitled Chapter 32 of Moby Dick “Cetology”, which is the branch of zoology dealing with whales and dolphins. In Chapter 32, Melville cited a number of passages from the “best and latest authorities” of the day on the subject of cetology, including Captain Scoresby (1820) and Surgeon Beale (1839). Melville also remarked that those who have written on… Read more →

Jane Austen and… literary neuroscience (!)

Dammit, Jane! Not only do you send our hearts a-flutter with your tales of romance among the landed gentry, you apparently train our brain cells now, too! According to, neurobiological researchers at Stanford have conducted experiments with participants reading Jane Austen in an MRI machine. First, experiment participants were asked to skim a passage leisurely as they might do… Read more →

Moby Dick Big Read

The stars are aligning for Moby Dick — literally. The Guardian reports that notables such as David Cameron, Tilda Swinton, Stephen Fry and Simon Callow have jumped aboard an ambitious project to broadcast Herman Melville’s classic novel in its entirety – 135 chapters over 135 days.  The readings are being broadcast daily online at Moby Dick Big Read (with each… Read more →

Cozy Classics goes international

We’re a few months away from Cozy Classics hitting store shelves, but we’ve already gone international. Cozy Classics has made it to an Italian blog under the headline “Classici in inglese per bambini 0-3 anni”, and with the opening line “Guardate che carini!!!!” (“Look how cute this is!”). Below is a tweet in Italian (which doesn’t require Google Translate to… Read more →