TITLE: ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
AUTHOR: LEWIS CARROLL
PUBLISHER: HARPER COLLINS
GENRE: FANTASY / CHILDREN’S FICTION
COVER TYPE: E-BOOK
BLURB FROM THE COVER
Little Alice follows a white rabbit down a rabbit hole, only to find herself in a strange and fantastical land where eating a mushroom can make you grow larger or smaller, roses are painted red and hedgehogs are used as crouquet balls. Will Alice ever find her way home again?
PLOT SUMMARY: Alice is bored sitting on a riverbank with her sister. She follows a white rabbit with a pocket watch down a rabbit hole and ends up in the magical world of Wonderland. She meets magical creatures and has crazy adventures including eating magical food that makes her grow and shrink and playing croquet with live animals.
HIGHLIGHTS: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a brilliant, twisted, mad adventure. I love it almost as much as The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. That’s saying a lot. I loved it when Alice drank the position to make her shrink so she could fit through a tiny door then had to eat a cake to make her grow because she lost the key to the door. I loved it when she grew so big she ended up wearing the White Rabbit’s house. The tea party with the Mad Hatter and his mad friends was hilarious. The Queen of Hearts and her regular cries of off with her head or off with his head was my favourite character.
LOWLIGHTS: Lewis had a terrible habit of intruding on the story to directly address the reader by stating Alice’s thoughts and explaining things inside brackets. This was really irritating. I wanted him to shut up, stop explaining and get on with the story. The ending is one of the worst crimes in literature it was all a dream.
THE OPENING LINE
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do; once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what’s the use of a book’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversations?’
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been adapted for the screen many times. My favourites are the 2010 version with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1014759/) and the Disney version (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_in_Wonderland_(1951_film).
The events in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the sequel, Through the Looking Glass inspired two brilliant but twisted videogames, American McGee’s Alice (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_McGee’s_Alice) and Alice Madness Returns (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice:_Madness_Returns). I have both games on my PS3 and they’re great.