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.
Finalist in the
American Association of Publishers (AAP) 2015 REVERE Awards for
PRE K-12 Learning. (The judges' comments appear toward the
bottom of this page.)
A 2014 Mom’s Choice Awards® 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 6-10, 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.
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 CLASSROOM TEACHERS/HOME
AVAILABLE in JULY 2015
at Ruth Spears' TeachersPayTeachers website; the
87 page Teaching/Activity Guide to use with the Hobbomock book in the classroom to align
with the Common Core ELA and Informational Standards for grades 3 to
If you order
the Hobbomock Teacher/Activity guide from Ruth Spears, you might also
want to order copy(ies) of the book itself for reading in the classroom.
[See school/library pricing below.]
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 dozens of
Connecticut teachers and librarians--makes learning about Native
Americans fun and appropriate for students.
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.
Fifty cents from every copy
sold is donated to the not-for-profit Sleeping Giant
Park Association, Inc., (SPGA) to help with land
one or more copies of the hardcover HOBBOMOCK book.
When you purchase directly
from this website you will pay a little more than when you purchase on-line
via Amazon.com, but you get copies signed by the author (which you won't get
from Amazon) and more of your money (50% of the purchase price in fact!)
goes directly to benefit the author and illustrator and not a major
Price: $16 per book plus shipping and sales tax
Or pay by check* or money order* made payable to OmicronWorld
LLC, and mail to: OmicronWorld,
800 Village Walk, Suite 281, Guilford, CT 06437-2762
*$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).
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 Core Curriculum ELA
1. Hobbomock 87 page Teacher/Activity guide
available for download from TeachersPayTeachers. Price: $4.
AVAILABLE in JULY 2015. Click
HERE for a free
2. 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 $32 and we will cover mailing and shipping. Once you order you will receive a FREE link to also down load
(from this publisher website) 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.
Paying by check? Send
$32 and please make the check payable to
OmicronWorld LLC. Send by
postal mail to:
OmicronWorld, 800 village Walk, Suite 281,
Guilford, CT 06437-2762.
FOR MORE DETAILED
information about THE LEGEND OF HOBBOMOCK and additional reviews
please scroll down.
to read a 650 word excerpt from the
For those who like to
support local bookstores and proprietors, THE LEGEND OF HOBBOMOCK
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
Breakwater Books, Whitfield Street, Guilford
RJ Julia Booksellers, Main Street, Madison
Bank Square Books, 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,
Boston Street, Guilford
Haven Museum, Whitney Avenue, New Haven
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.
purchased your book [The Legend of Hobbomock]
at the Southington Apple Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11th
 for my granddaughter Kailyn for her 7th
birthday, which was also on Saturday. I would like to purchase
another copy for my daughter who is the young adult librarian
at the Miller Library in Hamden. When I showed my daughter the
book, she absolutely loved it and requested a copy for her
library’s children’s department. Could you please inscribe the
following: To: Miller Library and sign and date it? Of course
anything else you’d like to add would be just fine.
My daughter will discuss a possible book reading and signing
at Miller Public Library with the director and the children’s
librarian and somebody will contact you.
It was great meeting with you and talking with you. I wish you
even more success in your writing career. My daughter and I
both loved this book and “The Growing Sweater” so keep on
writing!- 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,
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, Greenville, NC
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
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.]
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 didn’t 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
FROM THE JUDGES OF THE
2015 REVERE AWARDS
The Legend Hobbomock:
The Sleeping Giant placed as a Top 4 Finalist in the Beyond the Classroom, Relate
The book is a wonderful explanation of the natural world as related
through the storytelling of the Native American culture. It is
gorgeous and educational and a worthy addition to any home or school
bookshelf. A great resource for respectfully introducing Native
American culture into youth. The CD is a font of activities and
lessons both literary and cultural. It would not be possible to do
everything that is offered and what is offered is quality material.
A beautifully illustrated book with an engaging story. The book on its
own could be read and loved by readers all over the globe. The
activities included are helpful. I can see how New England based
educators would love this with its local setting. Would lend itself to
folklore projects beyond the specific Native American content included
here. Innovative teachers could adapt it nicely.
The story itself is engaging and does a wonderful job of staying true
to Quinnipiac tribal lore. The illustrations are brilliant and
students will be able to relate to the content and, I feel, it will
spark their interest to learn more about Native American tribes and
culture in general.
Publisher's Note: The supplemental
teacher/student activity materials were first provided on a CD in
2014. Moving forward all supplemental teaching materials will be
available for download. Ordering details provided above.
PRAISE FROM a WRITER'S DIGEST BOOK AWARDS CONTEST JUDGE
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
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. I’m not sure what is
legend and what you have added to the legend for story. I liked how
you presented Blackbird’s 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.