About Adapted Classics

Adapted Classics aims to introduce modern, young readers to classic stories. By making these stories more accessible, we help a new generation of readers discover some of the world’s greatest authors. Founded as an imprint of ArtWrite Productions in 2010, Adapted Classics comprises a growing collection of carefully adapted stories. Our books have been recognized as “Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers.” We are confident that young readers will enjoy these stories as much as prior generations have. Although intended for middle readers, we believe that youngsters and oldsters alike will enjoy these stories. This is reflected in our byline – Illustrated Literature For Youngsters (& Oldsters).” Adapted Classics seeks to honor classic authors by creating faithful adaptations using pen & ink illustrations and text tailored to young readers. Our books provide young readers the perfect opportunity to dive into these timeless tales for the very first time.


Marc Johnson-Pencook is an illustrator, animator, and muralist. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His illustrations appear in books, periodicals, gallery shows and private collections, and his murals adorn many walls and ceilings and public and private spaces in the Twin Cities and beyond. He also teaches illustration at the Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art in Minneapolis and the Art Academy in St. Paul. In addition, Marc composes and performs rock music – he currently plays percussion for “Ozmo Stone” – a rock band based in Minneapolis.

Jerome Tiller lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is co-owner of ArtWrite Productions, a publishing company bent on making education and reading more pleasurable for youth. Adapted Classics, an imprint of ArtWrite Productions, uses fine-art illustrations to introduce classic stories to young readers.