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Alice; we're all in wonderland with you

Alice in Wonderland - Rene Cloke, Lewis Carroll

My rating: 3 stars (out of 5)


I wasn't sure what to expect when I read this with my daughter. I'm not seven years old anymore and so much of the literary nonsense in this book has passed into common usage ("mad as a hatter", "the queen of hearts" and so forth) and it's all such a big part of our cultural landscape ("one pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small" - Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit", in case you were wondering) that I wasn't sure I'd really be able to appreciate it. I was wrong.

I was really surprised by how little I had to explain to my daughter. She just "got" all the silliness and loved it and it was great fun to read together:


"Why did you call him Tortoise, if he wasn't one?" Alice asked.

"We called him Tortoise because he taught us," said the Mock Turtle angrily: "really you are very dull!"


It is nonsense, but wonderful nonetheless.

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This review is taken from my blog on ellenallen.co

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