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.
A NOTE FOR TEACHERS:
AVAILABLE for shipping on May 1st -- 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
Complete ordering information appears
at the bottom of the this screen.
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
For the low price of $30, the CD includes the
following: The Fun Activity Guide in PDF format (as written by an
award-winning 37 year elementary school teaching veteran), 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.
MORE information about the book
and complete ordering information
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.
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.
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. On 2 January 2012, $400 was donated to the SGPA
based upon sales of the book to date.
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 2011/2012!)
Breakwater Books, Whitfield Street, Guilford
RJ Julia Booksellers Main Street, Madison
Bank Square Books in Mystic
Grass Island Market
& Antiques, Route 1, Guilford
Bait & Tackle, Route 1, Madison
The Institute for American Indian
Studies Museum & Research Center Gift Shop, 38 Curtis Road,
Page Hardware, Boston Street,
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.
"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,
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
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
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 readTHE GROWING SWEATER. -
Paul Stewart, Brighton, MA
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
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
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
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.]
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
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot (if applicable): 4
Character Development (if applicable): 5
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.
to read a 650 word excerpt from the 2000 word story about young
Blackbird and the Stone Giant, Hobbomock.
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SCHOOLERS! for classroom adoption: To order the complete CD (which contains
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) click HERE. Two hardcover books for your school library
or classroom and free bookmarks
for students are included when you order the CD for $30.
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. Click HERE to order just the CD.