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Listen to Jason's interview on Suzanne Thompson's Connecticut Outdoors radio program. See link farther down this page.

 

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 that represent their states.

This 32 page, hardcover picture storybook (for ages 6-10 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.

Fifty cents from every copy sold is donated to the not-for-profit Sleeping Giant Park Association, Inc., (SPGA) to help with land preservation.

Newest 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

A NOTE FOR TEACHERS: NOW AVAILABLE for shipping, a complete CD of the Hobbomock book and a Fun Activity Guide for use in the classroom to align with the Common Core ELA and Informational Standards for grades 3 to 5.

Complete ordering information appears at the bottom of this page.

The book can also be used as a read aloud with primary students. Middle and high school teachers are also using picture books with their students to enhance historical themes and other events, including study of pre-colonial Native Americans. This book--so we have been told by a dozen Connecticut teachers and librarians--makes learning about Native Americans fun for students!

For the low price of $35 (shipping and tax included), the CD includes the following: The Fun Activity Guide in PDF format (as written by award-winning 30 year elementary school teaching veteran Ruth Spears), the book itself in PDF format, and an audio version of the book for reluctant readers (as recorded by Peter van de Graaff of National Public radio fame). Purchase the CD and your school library will receive two free copies of the hardcover version of The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant! You will also receive free heavy-duty color Hobbomock bookmarks for your students.

If teachers do not have the means to print the Fun Activity Guide materials at school or at home, we can print and postal mail the number of copies you need--in addition to the CD--at an affordable pricing structure. Call us for pricing.

  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 LEGEND OF HOBBOMOCK won a Connecticut Press Club Award in 2012 in the Children's Fiction Book category. According to the club president, 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.

    
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
Barnes & Noble at Quinnipiac University, Hamden
Breakwater Books, Whitfield Street, Guilford
RJ Julia Booksellers Main Street, Madison
Bank Square Books in 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.

 

To order an author & illustrator signed hardcover first edition of the book use our secure PayPal site link. To pay by check or money order, please scroll to the bottom of this page. Author personalization requests for the book(s) you order are welcome.
 
 
    
 
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 t-marshallphotography.com

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PRESS Articles About the Book

Connecticut Outdoors Radio Interview 14 Feb. 2012

Ann Nyberg's NETWORK CONNECTICUT interview 26 Dec. 2011

SHORE LINE TIMES 2 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

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

"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. Good timing. Please tell your illustrator that [he] did a great job, too.  - Michelle Winsch, Madison, CT

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

Let me first share with you that 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 and cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. I would love a copy for myself, personalized to my four year old son, Geffen. We hike A LOT. Secondly, I'd love another copy for my father, Bill Harris. He has worked in Hamden all his life and just hit 65 years old. EVERY DAY he hikes this mountain on his lunch break. He walks to the top to be where he is most happy, in nature. He is also an avid spearfisherman and cyclist. Pretty amazing for sixty five!!! I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it if you could write a special note to him, in his own copy of your book. He knows that mountain like he knows the freckles on his arm. It would be such a special gift for Christmas.  - 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 2 copies. One for her and one for the boys. They really enjoyed it. So thank you and great job!  - Michael J Ellesio, Bridgeport, CT

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

TOP PRAISE FROM a WRITER'S DIGEST BOOK AWARDS CONTEST JUDGE

 
    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. This scale is strictly to provide a point of reference, it is not a cumulative score and does not reflect ranking.
      
    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.   
   

Click HERE to read a 650 word excerpt from the 2000 word story about young Blackbird and the stone giant, Hobbomock. 

 

For INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES: To order the hardcover book click on this button: ISBN: 978-0-9830945-1-7

Or pay by check* or money order* made payable to OmicronWorld, and mail to: OmicronWorld, 29 Horseshoe Road, Guilford, CT 06437-2961.

*$16 per book. Add shipping & handling of $4.00 per order (not per book). Connecticut residents add 6.35% sales tax on the total of the books ordered (e.g. don't add tax to the $4.00 shipping charge).

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For TEACHERS and HOME SCHOOLERS! Adopt Hobbomock for classroom use for the Native American component of your studies: Order the complete CD (which contains the PDF version of the book, the PDF version of the 87 page color Fun Activity Guide to fit the Common Core standards, and the Audio Book version). WHAT YOU GET: Two hardcover books for your school library or classroom and free bookmarks for students are included when you order the CD for $35. Note: Shipping and sales tax are included in the $35 for this item only.

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The CD is also available for purchase on its own, which means you will not receive any printed copies of the book. The price of the CD alone is $20 plus $2 shipping and handling and 6.35% tax for purchased made in Connecticut. Click HERE to order just the CD. ISBN: None applied to this on-line available item only.

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