Several publishers have begun offering pint-sized versions of literary classics like Old Man and the Sea, Moby Dick and War and Peace for infants, toddlers and primary grade readers.
For $6.99, Cozy Classics (http://www.mycozyclassics.com/books/) offers Great Expectations, Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. These board books pair one word per page with one image. Moby Dick, for example is reduced to these 12 words: sailor, boat, captain, leg, mad, sail, find, whale, chase, smash, sink and float. The illustrations are photos of felt-made scenes, giving the books a fuzzy feel.
For $9.99 Baby Lit (https://babylit.com/collections/books/Classic-Lit) offers board books such as The Odyssey, Jayne Eyre and Anna Karenina. Anna Karenina? A novel about a married woman who has an affair, is ostracized by society, becomes paranoid and commits suicide? Yes, but the Baby Lit version focuses not on the story but on the fashions of 1876 St. Petersburg—ball gowns, parasols, gloves and military uniforms.
For $16.95 KinderGuides (https://www.kinderguides.com/) offers four classics (more to come) for children of six years old or older. The books, which are sanitized guides for the original novels, include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 2001: A Space Odyssey, On the Road, and The Old Man and the Sea. Each book contains a summary of the original story, information about the author, key words and characters, and a quiz.