Holman Wang

Holman Wang and his twin brother Jack were born in Taiwan and moved with their family to Vancouver while they were still infants. Holman earned a B.Ed. and a master’s degree in architecture history from the University of British Columbia. Jack and Holman have attained some acclaim as the co-creators of the twelve-word board books for young children in the Cozy Classics series and the Star Wars Epic Yarns series. They told Marsha Lederman of the Globe and Mail that Jack “takes first crack” at the stories while Holman takes a lead role in creating and photographing most of the felt figures used to tell the stories. Holman Wang once taught middle school but now works as a lawyer and children’s book creator. He lives in Vancouver, B.C.

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

Cozy Classics: C. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Co-creator: Holman Wang.
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2017.

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

Cozy Classics: Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations

Co-creator: Holman Wang.
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2016.

Cozy Classics Oliver Twist book cover

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

Cozy Classics: Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist

Co-creator: Jack Wang.
[Vancouver]: Simply Read Books, 2013.

Cozy Classics Jane Eyre book cover

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

Cozy Classics: Emily Brontë’s Jane Eyre

Co-creator: Jack Wang.
[Vancouver]: Simply Read Books, 2013.

Cozy Classics Moby Dick book cover

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

Cozy Classics: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

Co-creator: Jack Wang.
[Vancouver]: Simply Read Books, 2012.

Cozy Classics Emma book cover

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

Cozy Classics: Jane Austen’s Emma

Co-creator: Jack Wang.
[Vancouver]: Simply Read Books, 2013.

Cozy Classics Pride and Prejudice book cover

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

Cozy Classics: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

Co-creator: Jack Wang.
[Vancouver]: Simply Read Books, 2012.

Cozy Classics War and Peace book cover

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

Cozy Classics: Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace

Co-creator: Jack Wang.
[Vancouver]: Simply Read Books, 2013.

Cozy Classics The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn book cover

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

Cozy Classics: Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Co-creator: Jack Wang.
[Vancouver]: Simply Read Books, 2014.

Cozy Classics The Adventures of Tom Sawyer book cover

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

Cozy Classics: Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Co-creator: Jack Wang.
[Vancouver]: Simply Read Books, 2014.

Cozy Classics Les Miserables book cover

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

Cozy Classics: Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables

Co-creator: Jack Wang.
[Vancouver]: Simply Read Books, 2013.

Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)

Great Job, Dad!

[Toronto]: Tundra Books, 2019.

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

This unique picture book for very young readers celebrates the many jobs being a parent encompasses: A receptionist scheduling important meetings (for playdates), an architect designing buildings (or pillow forts), an inspector (of diapers!) . . . When Dad gets home from his day job at the office, he never knows which job will be waiting for him, but he knows it’ll be fun!

Each rhyming spread features intimate, familiar, comforting and humorous depictions of family life through a wholly original — and amazing! — needle-felted lens.

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

Great Job, Mom!

[Toronto]: Tundra Books, 2019.

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

This unique picture book for very young readers celebrates the many jobs being a parent encompasses: A general who rallies the troops (or unruly kids), a curator of modern art (or finger paintings), an archeologist looking for buried treasures (or socks) . . . when Mom gets home from her day job as a carpenter, she never knows which job will be waiting for her, but she knows it’ll be fun!

Each rhyming spread features intimate, familiar, comforting and humorous depictions of family life through a wholly original — and amazing! needle-felted lens.

Star Wars Epic Yarns A New Hope book cover

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope

Co-creator: Jack Wang.
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2015.

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Princess Leia sends a hologram message through R2-D2, Luke Skywalker will learn how to use a lightsaber, and our heroes triumph.

Star Wars Epic Yarns Return of the Jedi book cover

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

Star Wars Epic Yarns: Return of the Jedi

Co-creator: Jack Wang.
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2015.

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

The monster Jabba is encountered, C-3PO conducts story time, and there is a happy ending.

Star Wars Epic Yarns The Empire Strikes Back book cover

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

Star Wars Epic Yarns: The Empire Strikes Back

Co-creator: Jack Wang.
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2015.

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Luke meets his teacher Yoda, Han Solo makes a friend, and there is a lightsaber duel with a Sith Lord in the dark.

Bathroom Stuff book cover featuring a rubber duck

Non-fiction (Coffee table book)

Bathroom Stuff

[U.S.A.]: Sourcebooks, 2001.

Links

Publisher Simply Read Books

Publisher Chronicle Books

Cozy Classics website

Publisher Penguin Random House Canada (owner of Tundra Books imprint) website

Holman Wang personal website

Jack and Holman Wang website