Saturday, August 29, 2009

Reviews for Alice in Wonderland Challenge

This is where I will be posting my reviews for the Alice in Wonderland Challenge.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
Pages: 240
Publisher: Signet Classics (December 12, 2000)
ISBN: 978-0451527745
Source: Library
This book contained both “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass. I loved the idea that I had them both to enjoy at one time. I have always loved the story of young Alice who fell asleep while she was studying her lessons. After she falls asleep she dreams about a white rabbit. She follows him down a hole where her adventures begin. She finds herself in one situation after another. We all remember the tea party with the mad hatter, the croquet game, but how many people remember when Alice entered the house of the Duchess? The Duchess had received an invitation to play croquet with the queen and she throws the squalling baby she is holding into Alice’s arms. The baby eventually turns into a pig and Alice releases it. Then she begins to think of children she knows who would make good little pigs. I always found this to be funny. I really enjoyed this because at the time I read Alice’s adventures for the very first time we lived on a farm where we raised pigs and I was also able to imagine kids I went to school with being turned into pigs. Of course it was usually kids I didn’t care very much for. I loved this book. I felt sorry when she tried to tell her sister of her adventure and she would not listen. I believe we have all had experiences where we believe something and try to explain or tell it to someone else and they just don’t listen to us.The second of the two books, "Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There," finds Alice climbing through the looking glass in a room in her house. Here she finds that she has to walk the opposite direction from where she wanted to be, to get there. If she walks toward something like a hill it actually gets farther away. I believe the first time I had ever heard the poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter” it was while reading it in Through the Looking-Glass. As I read both of the books I was transported back to my bedroom on our farm. My parents had purchased a set of Collier Encyclopedias and because they paid for it on time they got a bonus set of books. My favorite was the blue gray book #5. My favorite story? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. This re-reading has taken me back down memory lane to one of the most favorite times of my life.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor - review here


  1. I love how these books can take you back in time. Great review!

  2. Great review... so much sentiment is mixed on your challenge...don't you love it when you have such wonderful memories interwined with a classic book.