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THE LEGEND OF HOBBOMOCK: THE SLEEPING GIANT was selected as the only Connecticut book to be featured in Booking Across the USA, which made its debut in February 2013. Bloggers from all 50 states chose books to represent their states.


ISBN: 978-0-9830945-1-7

A 2014 Momís Choice Awardsģ Silver Recipient.

Winner of a Connecticut Press Club Award in 2012 for Children's Fiction. Entries were judged by the Colorado Press Women to encourage judging impartiality. No winners were awarded by default and not every category or rank had a winning entry.

This 32 page, hardcover picture storybook (for ages 6 and up, grades 3 and up, and adults too!) retells the Quinnipiac Native American pre-colonial legend of how the Sleeping Giant landform in Hamden, Connecticut came to look like a giant man sleeping on his back.

Professional Praise! "The Legend of Hobbomock is a wonderful book providing an authentic representation of Quinnipiac tribal folklore. [Jason Marchi's] rich storytelling is a great way to introduce elementary-age children to Native American worldview and legend, and to inspire them to observe nature and the explore world around them. Highly recommended."
                   - Dr. Kevin McBride, Director of Research, Mashantucket Pequot Museum


EXCITING! Look what we found on TeachersPayTeachers! A 98 page literature guide for The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant!

We contacted Ruth and asked if we could share her guide so teachers who are looking for activities will have them. Ruth said she learned about the book from another teacher, bought a copy at R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut, and decided to create the literature guide to provide teachers with activities for their students. The guide is also aligned with the Common Core.

We then asked Ruth if we could share some of her very impressive credentials, which we have listed below in the ordering box. If you are interested in viewing information about Ruth's literature guide, see the BLUE box below.

The book can also be used as a read aloud with primary students. Additionally, middle and high school teachers are using picture books with their students to enhance historical themes and other events, including study of pre-colonial Native Americans.

Dozens of teachers and librarians in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York tell us that the Legend of Hobbomock book makes learning about Native Americans fun and appropriate for students, unlike most of the rather dry educational publications for young readers on the topic.

  The Legend of Hobbomock is a top 4 Finalist in the American Association of Publishers (AAP) 2015 REVERE Awards for PRE K-12 Learning.

Click this thumbnail to read about the educational significance of the REVERE Awards along with comments from the judges about The Legend of Hobbomock book.

Here is the link to the REVERE site itself listing The Legend of Hobbomock among the finalists for 2015.  http://review.wizehive.com/voting/aapgallery2015/33342


Peter Van De Graaff, Program Director, Beethoven Satellite Network, WFMT Classical Music Radio

The audio book version of The Legend of Hobbomock was recorded in Chicago by the talented Peter van de Graaff, program host of 98.7 WFMT's Through the Night. Peter is also the program director of the Beethoven Satellite Network. As a professional singer, Peter has performed with opera companies and orchestras throughout the world, including the Czech State Orchestra and the symphonies of New Orleans, Utah, Colorado Springs, and San Antonio.

The Audio book is available FREE when you order a print copy of the book.

COMING SOON! A stills animation video of The Legend of Hobbomock by graphic arts designer Christopher Dobbins, featuring the narration of Peter van de Graaff.


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SPECIAL NOTE! Books can be signed by the author and personalized for the recipient of the book. When you order please indicate the name of the recipient. This personalization option is also available through the PayPal button.



For SCHOOL TEACHERS and HOME SCHOOLERS ! (Anyone can also order this!)

Adopt The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant for classroom use for the Native American component of your studies, as well as Common Core ELA and Informational Standards.

1. The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant hardcover book. Order two copies (one copy for your classroom and the second copy for your school library) for just $30 and we will cover mailing and shipping. Once you order you will receive a FREE link (via email) to download a PDF version of the book for projection in the classroom AND a copy of the MP3 Audio Book as read by Peter van de Graaff.

2.  We highly recommend the 98 page Teacher/Activity guide available for download from TeachersPayTeachers is written by Ruth Spears, a veteran elementary and middle school teacher. We did a little research and learned that Ruth also served as the Connecticut representative on the Weekly Reader National Teacher's Advisory Board for 12 years and was a NASA "Student Signatures in Space" teacher for 10 years. Ruth was also a guest presenter for a number of years at the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) convention in Providence, RI where she shared her creative lessons with 6000+ teachers each year. NOW AVAILABLE! Click HERE.

SPECIAL NOTE!! If you are a teacher/educator or administrator and you want to order MORE than two copies of the Legend of Hobbomock please call or email us for special, further discount pricing. Many administrators like to order multiple copies for entire school district libraries, or for student use in the classroom. Additionally, if you have a sponsor who would like to purchase signed and personalized books for students to take home and keep as personal copies, please call or email us for bulk discount pricing. Many schools have done this for summer reading programs. 


Paying by check or money order? Send $30 and please make the check payable to OmicronWorld LLC. Send by postal mail to: OmicronWorld, 800 village Walk, Suite 281, Guilford, CT 06437-2762.

Credit card also orders accepted by phone. Call 203.453.5700. Or mail us at OmicronWorldEnt@yahoo.com.

FOR MORE DETAILED information about THE LEGEND OF HOBBOMOCK and additional reviews please scroll down.  

Click HERE to read a 650 word excerpt from the book. 

For those who like to support local bookstores and proprietors, THE LEGEND OF HOBBOMOCK is available at the following Connecticut locations:
Barnes & Noble, Universal Drive, North Haven (#1 bestseller at this store in 2012!)
Barnes & Noble at Yale University, New Haven
Quinnipiac University Bookstore, Hamden
Breakwater Books, Whitfield Street, Guilford
RJ Julia Booksellers, Main Street, Madison
Bank Square Books, Mystic
Grass Island Market & Antiques, Route 1, Guilford 
Captain Morgan's Bait & Tackle, Route 1, Madison
The Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center Gift Shop, 38 Curtis Road, Washington
Page Hardware, Boston Street, Guilford
New Haven Museum, Whitney Avenue, New Haven
Jason Marchi. Visit the author's Website at www.jasonjmarchi.com

Jesse Bonelli. Visit the illustrator's Website at www.jessebonelli.carbonmade.com

Cover and book design by Tom Goddard of Goddard Designs, Higganum, Connecticut. Photography by Terri Marshall at https://www.facebook.com/TMarshallPhotography?fref=ts




PRESS Articles About the Book

WTNH-8 CT Style television interview 23 Oct. 2014

Connecticut Outdoors Radio Interview 14 Feb. 2012

Ann Nyberg's NETWORK CONNECTICUT interview 26 Dec. 2011


NEW HAVEN REGISTER Life Feature 21 Nov. 2011

THE DAY Daybreak Feature 20 Nov. 2011

SHORE PUBLISHING Living Feature 15 Nov. 2011 

Readers Write about Hobbomock

I purchased [The Legend of Hobbomock] at the Southington Apple Harvest Festival for my granddaughter Kailyn for her 7th birthday. When I showed my daughter the book she absolutely loved it and requested a copy for her libraryís childrenís department. My daughter and I both loved this book and The Growing Sweater. - Linda Lemire

I have shared [The Legend of Hobbomock] with my son Max, and will bring it back into the office shortly as every 2nd grader in Hamden visits my office and I am sure the students will get a kick out of it.        - Scott D. Jackson, Mayor, Hamden, Connecticut.

I just picked up this book up for my son after reading the article in the New Haven register. My son loved it! He was so excited about it that he wants his teacher to read it in class tomorrow. From a parent of a second grade boy who I'm trying to encourage to read more, I just wanted to say thank you and Jesse Bonelli for working on this book. My son has always asked questions about Sleeping Giant as we live in New haven and see it frequently. Now he knows the legend. Again, thank you as you have hopefully sparked an interest in reading for a young mind. - Chris Fiore, East Haven, CT

Just wanted you to know how much my grandchildren enjoyed your book. I like reading to them and even the five year old was very attentive. Robbie, the eight year old, took the book into class since they were studying Indians. Please tell your illustrator that [he] did a great job, too.  - Michelle Winsch, Greenville, NC

My ten year old son Miles took the [Hobbomock] book to school yesterday and he said his teacher read it to the class and the kids applauded when she finished! He then said "It's a really good book, dad." He said he can't wait to read The Growing Sweater.  - Paul Stewart, Brighton, MA

[The Legend of Hobbomock] book is magnificent...It is a GEM! - Joan & Henry Garbar, Gouldsboro, ME. [Joan is a former Mother Superior and a retired public school English teacher.]

Jesse Bonelli is one of my former science students. He was in my 7th grade science class in Old Lyme.....I remember his sketches back then, amazing for a 12 year old. I think it was a comic strip depiction of some type of food traveling through the digestive system....awesome!!!  I am THRILLED to see that he has illustrated your new book, The Legend of Hobbomock - Courtney Harris, East Haven, CT

My sons received a gift from their grandmother this Christmas that they really enjoyed. I didnít see the gift at first and then noticed they had stopped opening presents so my wife could read them The Legend of Hobbomock (they are 4 and 7). My mother had apparently been at the book signing, met you and purchased two copies. One for her and one for the boys. They really enjoyed it. So thank you and great job!  - Michael J Ellesio, Bridgeport, CT

Research links used for research by the Legend of Hobbomock author Jason Marchi and Hobbomock teaching guide author Ruth Spears.

Also helpful for further student research.






    Entry Title: The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant
    Author: Jason J. Marchi
    Judge Number: 1
Books were evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the best.
    Structure and Organization: 5
    Grammar: 5
    Production Quality and Cover Design: 5       
    Plot (if applicable): 4
    Character Development (if applicable): 5
Judge's Comments:
   This is a wonderful presentation of a folk tale. Your writing has exactly the right voice for this story. The story is a perfect length for reading to a young person. The 6th grade writing/vocabulary level would also make this a good book to have in a library for older children to read and perhaps use for a report. Iím not sure what is legend and what you have added to the legend for story. I liked how you presented Blackbirdís life: what he ate, what he wore. When Blackbird encounters the stone giant, it creates the appropriate, conflict/tension for a proper story format. I loved how you showed Blackbird growing old and becoming the master storyteller. Great how you linked the legends by having him tell both the story he learned from Rakarota AND the new legend of his own experience. Good foreshadowing when his mother gathered the oysters for breakfast. The soft palette for the illustration matches the tone of the story and gives off a spooky feeling. Great illustrations. I love your ending about being very hungry when he wakes. You are a wonderful writer. I can see this book as a part of a series on folklore that might be published by an educational publisher. Good job.   

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