Jack and Holman Wang are twin brothers who grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. They first began writing and illustrating books together in the third grade. Jack earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Florida State University, where his major area was the history of the novel. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he specializes in fiction writing and serves as Chair. Holman, an artist and former middle school teacher, holds a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in architecture history, both from the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Bathroom Stuff, a nonfiction coffee table book on the history of everything in your bathroom, published by SourceBooks in 2001. His work has been featured in newspapers and on TV and radio, including NPR and the CBC. Jack has four and two year-old daughters. Holman has a three year-old daughter and a 21 month-old son. They both love reading to their children, and they're both eager to pass on the classics.
"Remarkable." -"The Telegraph" (UK)--Martin Chilton"The Telegraph (UK)" (10/18/2012) "Quite simply, delightful." -"The Paris Review"--Sadie Stein"The Paris Review" (08/28/2012) "Classics because they are classic stories and cozy because the illustrations are made from felt! Who would have thought you could re-tell Pride and Prejudice in just 12 words - Friends, Sisters, Dance... A fun way to share your love of literature with the littlest people in the house or the perfect gift for the Austen and Melville fans." - "Kids' Reading Guide 2012, Australia"--Australian Booskellers Association"Kids' Reading Guide 2012, Australia" (11/01/2012) "Why not draw upon some of the world's best literary classics when writing for children - in this case, babies. Brothers Jack Wang and Holman Wang's forthcoming series of board books rewrite (in a LOT fewer words) your high school English syllabus and depict the stories through needle felted figures (hence the "cozy")." - "Apartment Therapy"--Carrie McBride"Apartment Therapy" (06/08/2012) "Perhaps you've heard of "fuzzy math"--now there's fuzzy literature, as well. Literally. A new series of picture books illustrates works like "Moby Dick" with adorable felted figures. Does introducing classics in this way, to children at such a young age, influence their feelings about literature? I don't know, but these books sure are pretty." - "Fiction Review Writers"--Celeste NG"Fiction Writers Review" (07/04/2012) "Enchanting... Jack and Holman Wang have done a service to literate families everywhere with their "Cozy Classics" The Wall Street Journal"--Meghan Cox Gurdon"The Wallstreet Journal" (11/16/2012) Words used in the book include: Sailor Boat Captain Peg leg Mad Sail Find Whale