Review: Alice in Wonderland

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Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll and adapted by Jane Carruth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lewis Carroll‘s Alice in Wonderland is one we are all familiar with at some point in our lives. Many of us have read an abridged version, heard the basics of the tale from friends or family, or even watched cartoon versions. And when Johnny Depp’s version was filmed, everyone flocked to re-read the book. I actually read the story when I was about 13 or 14, as I had gotten a set of various classics for my Confirmation from a close family member.

Alice is a remarkable character. She can be a completely charming and funny girl, and she can be an example of life lessons. It’s the kind of book where you have a lot of interpretations, especially given what your particular reading style is. You may feel close to the Mad Hatter, the Queen or Alice herself. Perhaps it’s the caterpillar or Cheshire cat or the rabbit. Each character represents many things in our life, and each temptation is something Alice, or any young child, must consider. But it’s also just a beautifully drawn and illustrated tale of friendship and going on a journey in unexpected places.

It’s a must for for kids and again as adults. There’s a strong chance you will get something different between reads. I also suggest a first time reader NOT read it alone. It’s not anything bad, but it’s the kind of book worth talking about… that you want to share your thoughts on… it will build your analytical skills… and it’s a perfect way for parents and kids to connect about the right way to do things and the consequences of one’s actions. I’d say around 10 or 11 is the best age… but all depends on the maturity level of everyone involved.

Think about the imagination and creativity that went into designing the world that Alice finds in the hole… I wonder what gave all these ideas to Carroll. Lots of speculation, but in the end, I choose to forget what led to the creation and rather to simply enjoy the fantasy world created for me.

And who doesn’t love talking animals?

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6 thoughts on “Review: Alice in Wonderland

    Books, Vertigo and Tea said:
    April 23, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    This is one of my all time favorites. I have even went as far as to decorate my entryway in a “Wonderland” theme. I do like that you suggest not reading alone at first. So much potential for discussion. I am honestly amazed at how many people I encounter that have never truly read this.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 24, 2017 at 6:22 AM

      That’s fantastic. Post pictures! That would be cool.

      Glad we’re in agreement. I suppose a lot of folks watch books now if they don’t start reading when they’re young. Hopefully e-readers will help if they like using technology more than anything else.

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        Books, Vertigo and Tea said:
        April 24, 2017 at 11:19 AM

        Maybe once I find the looking glass and rug to complete it, I will share some 😉 Right now it is “in progress” as one major wall is blank. I am reserving it for a massive mirror (looking glass) but have yet to find one I like.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        April 24, 2017 at 11:22 AM

        Good luck!

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    lghiggins said:
    April 23, 2017 at 9:40 PM

    So many are familiar with the Disney cartoon version, but there is so much more in the book!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 24, 2017 at 6:27 AM

      I am a little concerned books like these, and in particular, this time period, will no longer be read. People will youtube a film or cartoon version and assume they don’t need to read them.

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