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28
Dec
11

Alice’s Adventures in Curriculum Land

Alice’s Adventures in Curriculum Land by Edward Wakeling

Published by Bedfordshire Education Service, 1990

The book is a collection of photocopy-able sheets for use in classrooms- word games, crossword puzzles, logic problems, poems, art and design- loads of topics all explained by or using concepts from the Alice books.

The introductory page quotes the Mock Turtle explaining his schooling to Alice:

‘When we were little,’ the Mock Turtle went on at last, more calmly, though still sobbing a little now and then, ‘we went to school in the sea. The master was an old Turtle — we used to call him Tortoise — ‘

‘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!’

‘You ought to be ashamed of yourself for asking such a simple question,’ added the Gryphon; and then they both sat silent and looked at poor Alice, who felt ready to sink into the earth.

Written to support an exhibition of some sort- I don’t know where or exactly what of…

Wakeling is a prolific Carrollian and ex-chairman of the Lewis Carroll Society (1982-1985).

I can’t find another copy of this on-line, but you can get Wakeling’s other books on Amazon: Wakeling

28
Dec
11

The Final Alice

The Final Alice by Alycia Ripley.

(Self) Published by Trafford Publishing, 2011. Hardback, print on demand, with dust jacket.

Strangely for a book called “The Final Alice”, the spine claims this is just Book One…

From the book jacket:

When thirty year old Alice Pleasance feels her life and writing career going nowhere, she fears her namesake ancestor, a resourceful girl immortalized in a classic novel, would be disappointed by and ashamed of her failures.

This fear is abated when Alice is approached by a talking deer who explains that Alice has been chosen to battle the Red King, a manipulative and evil shape-shifter, in order to thwart his plans to infect and control humanity. Mysterious and ominous appearances of the numbers 10:10 convince Alice that although she may not know what is coming, she must relinquish self-doubt to defeat it.

Joined by a makeshift army of two telekinetic children, a dog who grows to dragon-size, a pair of ex-soldier Nigerian twins, and a bodiless Compass who desperately wants to become a real girl, Alice prepares for a terrifying and unpredictable confrontation.

A ring of child pornographers, cruel office managers, sadistic cheerleaders, and a two-headed contractor are only some of the obstacles Alice must face and eliminate in order to own her role in a family well-versed in nightmarish fairy tales and spiritual riddles.

Funny, poignant, provocative, and disturbing, the story illustrates the epic details often existing in everyday life, the power of imagination, and the requirements of redemption. This surreal, adult adventure is a new slice of Wonderland for a very modern audience.

The rather over-effusive review on the back cover…

‘Alycia Ripley’s fine novel deserves to be read, re-read, analyzed, debated, and perhaps become the sacred text of a passionate cult.’ James Ponsoldt, writer/director of Off the Black and Junebug and Hurricane.

… somehow suggests that ‘mate of author’ should be added to the reviewers list of achievements…?

Available on Amazon: The Final Alice

30
Oct
11

Alice in Waterland

Alice in Waterland: Lewis Carroll and the River Thames in Oxford by Mark J. Davies.

Published by Signal Books Ltd, Aug 2010.

ISBN: 978-1904955726

First edition paperback.

From the publisher:

A world-famous Oxford story from a new angle: the essential role played by the River Thames in the creation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

It was on rowing trips with Alice Liddell and her sisters that Lewis Carroll (the Oxford don, Charles Dodgson) invented many of the tales which were later incorporated into his two books; it was on the river bank on 4 July 1862 that Wonderland had its birth; and it was from particular incidents on or near the Thames that Carroll drew inspiration for of the best-known episodes.

Combining excerpts from Carroll’s diaries and the ‘Alice’ books with contemporary images, memoirs, and fiction, Alice in Waterland sets the Oxford scene of the time, and sheds new light on the real places which stimulated Carroll’s imagination and on the real individuals who inspired such characters as the Hatter, the Sheep, and the Red Queen.

The book takes the reader on a literary journey of discovery along some ten miles of the picturesque yet changeable river of which the ‘merry crew‘ were all so fond.

Mark Davies is an Oxford local historian, guide, speaker, and writer.

Bought on Amazon: Alice in Waterland: Lewis Carroll and the River Thames in Oxford

01
Oct
11

Alice’s Adventures In Water-Land

Alice’s Adventures In Water-Land by Roberta Ben-Naim and Arieh Ben-Naim.

Published by World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd, 2011

ISBN:9789814338967

Softback- there is a hardback available.

Chapters include:

  • Alice’s First Day in College
  • Professor Holmes Explains the Phase Map
  • The First Excursion into the Microscopic
  • World of Water Vapour
  • The Second Visit to the Water Vapour: Experiencing the Effect of Temperature and Pressure
  • A Visit to the Solid Phase of Ice
  • Alice’s Visit to the Liquid Phase
  • Why Does Ice Float on Water?
  • The Outstanding Temperature Dependence of the Volume of Water
  • The Heat Capacity of Water
  • The Latent Heat of Water and Regulation of the Body’s Temperature
  • “The Electrified Water”
  • Professor Holmes’ Last Lecture
  • The Last Visit to Professor Holmes’ Lab

From the publisher:

This highly illustrated book describes the properties of liquid water and the relevance of these properties to life, in a way that makes the content accessible to anyone. It will raise the awareness of the reader on the vital importance of water to all life on earth. It is a book of science interwoven into the fabric of a story. There are very few books on water aimed at the general public. This volume will appeal to both adults and students with its superb delivery of scientific knowledge in highly accessible prose.

Available on Amazon: Alice’s Adventures In Water-Land

01
Oct
11

Alice in Womanland

Alice in Womanland or The Feminine Mistake by Margaret Bennett: a pseudonym for Barbara Toohey and June Biermann.

Published by Prentice-Hall, 1967. Hardback with dustjacket.

A ‘satirical overview of the condition of the American woman’. There’s a nice little article about it here.

Chapters include “The Housewife Drink Me,” The Career Drink Me,” The Art Patroness Drink Me,” “The Motherhood Drink Me” and “The Playmate Drink Me.”

Toohey and Biermann’s other books range from travel (From Baedeker to Worse) to sports (skiing and biking), but when Biermann became diabetic, they began writing about that (The Peripatetic Diabetic: Good Health, Good Times, and Good Food for the Diabetic Who Wants to Have It All). And when Biermann suffered a stroke, they wrote about the life and experiences of sufferer and carer (The Stroke Book: A Guide to Life After Stroke for Survivors and Those Who Care for Them).

Available on Amazon: Alice in Womanland ~ Or The Feminine Mistake

07
Sep
11

Toys From Alice in Wonderland

 Toys From Alice in Wonderland by Margaret Hutchings with Doris Cook.

Published by Mills & Boon, 1979.

ISBN-10: 026306400X

Hardback first edition with dustjacket.

With instructions and patterns for 20 different toys of varying sizes (mainly made from felt and fun fur), including the White Rabbit, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Queen of Hearts, the Dodo, the Mad Hatter, a rocking-horse fly, the March Hare, and Alice. They look a bit hard to me, but then I’m a non-sewer.

Available on Amazon: Toys from “Alice in Wonderland”

07
Sep
11

The Art of Alice: Madness Returns

The Art of Alice: Madness Returns: edited by Dave Marshall.

Introduction by American McGee.

Published by Dark Horse Books, 2011. Hardback.

ISBN-13: 978-1595826978

From the publisher:

Legendary game designer American McGee created one of the most visually arresting games of all time in Alice. Eleven years later, McGee returns with a sequel just as groundbreaking as his critically acclaimed classic – Alice: Madness Returns! Just in time for Madness Returns, Dark Horse and Spicy Horse Games invite Alice fans to take a journey through the wonderland of American McGee’s imagination for a look at this magnificent and disturbing world. With text by Madness Returns lead writer and executive producer R. J. Berg, and featuring an introduction by McGee, The Art of Alice offers an intimate look into the artwork behind this blockbuster interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s enduring masterpiece.

There’s some beautiful artwork in here, and it makes me want to go and play the game, but it’s PC. Bother.

Artists involved include Ken Wong, Sun Guoliang, Luis Melo, Hong Lei, Wu Yuehan, Ben Kerslake, Nako, Tyler Lockett, Fellipe Martins, Pu Jinsong, Wang Shenghua, Yuan Shaofeng and Jin Lei. I like the text explaining how the Chinese artists unfamiliar with Alice dealt with the project.

There’s a video review on Amazon if you want a look inside, and it’s buy-able on there of course: The Art of Alice: Madness Returns

07
Sep
11

Lost Girls

 

Lost Girls books one and two: by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie.

Published by Kitchen Sink Press in 1995 (Book one) and 1996 (Book two).

Book One: ISBN-13: 978-0878164066

Book Two: ISBN-13: 978-0878164370

Erotic graphic novels featuring a grown up Alice, Wendy and Dorothy. Not one for the kiddies!!

From the publishers:

For more than a century, Alice, Wendy, and Dorothy have been our guides through the Wonderland, Neverland, and Land of Oz of our childhoods. Now, like us, these three lost girls have grown up and are ready to guide us again, this time through the realms of our sexual awakening and fulfillment. Through their familiar fairytales they share with us their most intimate revelations of desire in its many forms… revelations that shine out radiantly through the dark clouds of war gathering around a luxury Austrian hotel. Drawing on the rich heritage of erotica, Lost Girls is the rediscovery of the power of ecstatic writing and art in a sublime union that only the medium of comics can achieve. Exquisite, thoughtful, and human, Lost Girls is a work of breathtaking scope that challenges the very notion of art fettered by convention. This is erotic fiction at its finest.

According to Wikipedia:

The first six chapters of Lost Girls were initially published in the Taboo anthology magazine, beginning in 1991 with Taboo #5. Kitchen Sink Press’s Tundra imprint later reprinted the Taboo chapters as two separate volumes, containing all of the previously-published chapters.[18] A ten-issue series was scheduled at one point, but Moore and Gebbie instead decided to take the time to finish it, then offer it to various companies as a finished product. Eventually Top Shelf was selected as the publisher, and at one point the finished product was meant to be released in late 2003 or early 2004. In the U.K. the book was published on 1 January 2008, and launched by Moore and Gebbie at a book launch in London on 2 January.

There’s an interview with Alan Moore here.

On Amazon: LOST GIRLS BOOK TWO(PAPERBACK COMIC) (LOST GIRLS)

24
Jul
11

Davy and the Goblin

Davy and the Goblin, or What Followed Reading “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Charles E. Carryl.

Illustrated by Edmund Birckhead Bensell: frontispiece, 13 full page black and whites and other b&w in the text.

Published by Frederick Warne, 1886. First UK edition (published 1884 in the US).

Davy is reading Alice next to the fire when he gets sleepy. A Goblin appears in the fire, munching coals, and takes Davy on a “believing voyage” to the Sugar Plum Garden where he meets Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe and Sinbad.

Edmund Birckhead Bensell (1842 – 1894) was an American artist and illustrator. Charles Edward Carryl (1841 – 1920) was an American author of children’s literature.

Apparently (so I’m told, anyway), the UK edition is pretty rare- with even the British Library having only the US one..

Available on Amazon- both in the original and as modern paperback: Davy and the Goblin

07
Jul
11

Grabberwocky

Grabberwocky and Other Flights of Fancy by Michael Barsley. I also have his other Alice themed book- Alice in Wunderground.

Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster.

First published by John Murray, 1939. This is the third printing from 1941. Softback- pamphlet really…

A  satirical examination of Britain at the outbreak of  World War II by means of a series of fun verses, including a Jabberwocky parody:

‘Twas Danzig, and the Swastikoves
Did Heil and Hittle in the Reich
All Nazi were the Lindengroves
And the Neurat Jewstreich.

Beware the Grabberwock, my Son
The Plans that spawn, the Plots that hatch,
Beware the JewJew Bird, and shun
The führious Bundesnatch.

He took his Aryan Horde in Hand
Long Time the Gestapo He taught
Then rested He by the Baltic Sea
And stood awhile in Thought.

Available on Amazon: Grabberwocky and other Fights of Fancy … Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster




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