This image appeared in my Twitter feed last week. It purported to be an illustration taken from a children’s board book which uses dolls to illustrate  key words/emotions from the tale of Pride and Prejudice

The image might show Darcy making his sneering remark about Elizabeth at the Meryton Assembly , “She is not handsome enough to tempt me”  or is it his first disastrous proposal at Hunsford? In any case his behaviour is deemed to be the epitome of  “mean”.

I truly thought this was a spoof.

But today I discovered that you can actually pre-order this at Amazon (or at any other bookseller I presume) because it is a Cozy Classic board book edition of Pride and Prejudice intended for very small children,written by Jack and Holman Wang.

Here is the cover, showing Elizabeth Bennet galloping across the fields to Netherfield, her petticoat six inches deep in mud…

Other titles in the series are available to order and include War and Peace, Moby Dick and Les Miserables.  I have to see the rest of this book, I confess. Despise  me if you dare ;)