17
Feb
20

The Return of the Jabberwock

 

The Return of the Jabberwock: Inspired By Lewis Carroll’s Famous Poem. Written by Oakley Graham and illustrated by David Neale.

ISBN-10: 1782441719
ISBN-13: 978-1782441717

Published by Top That! Publishing Ltd (1 Oct. 2013)

Back cover blurb:

A brave little boy sets off on an adventure to find the Jabberwock, just like his great grandfather before him. But what creatures will he encounter in mysterious Tulgey Wood?

Available on Amazon.

 

17
Feb
20

To Solvers of the Cat’s Challenge: Hidden City

To Solvers of the Cat’s Challenge: Hidden City.

Letter given at the completion of The Hunt for the Cheshire Cat adventure from Hidden City, in 2018.

From Hidden City’s website:

Follow the mischievous cat’s curious clues on a journey across the city. Weave through galleries in search of reflection, scour the literary archives for wares of Wonderland word, and descend into cellar vaults to paws for drinks. Discover a darker side to the world of Wonderland. And perhaps yourself, too…

Hidden City treasure hunts are great fun: I’ve done a few with my friends now, and when an Alice themed one popped up, it was an essential… We went to some cool new places around London: it was a shame that it ended up in an area where we all worked so it was a bit more predictable, but that’s hardly Hidden City’s fault, and the puzzles were still fun.

Wish we’d got to keep the pocket watch though…

 

17
Feb
20

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground: Royal Opera House

 

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground: Royal Opera House programme.

From the 2020 production of the one-act opera by Gerald Barry.

The opera lasts less than an hour, and the 54 parts are sung by a cast of only seven.

From the Opera House site:

Fun, furious, frantic, and utterly fantastic! The surreal world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice, both in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, is given an extra twist in Gerald Barry’s operatic treatment. At less than an hour for the whole opera, this short, sharp shot of mayhem is ideal as a family treat. Antony McDonald (of 2018/19’s Hansel and Gretel) directs and designs this new production – the first ever staging of this musically virtuoso opera – with more than a touch of the Victorian toy theatre. The Red Queen, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter: meet a kaleidoscope of colourful characters in this joyful, headlong rush into a world gone deliciously mad.

Five star review in the Guardian: Alice’s Adventures Under Ground review – brilliant in every surreal detail.

 

14
Jan
20

Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass

Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass by Dana Walrath.

Published by Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016.

Paperback.

Dana Walrath is an anthropologist, artist, and writer. This book tells of her relationship with her mother Alice though the lens of Alzheimer’s. You can see some of the illustrations and read the text on her website as linked above.

Publisher’s blurb:

“Alice was always beautiful—Armenian immigrant beautiful, with thick, curly black hair, olive skin, and big dark eyes,” writes Dana Walrath. Alice also has Alzheimer’s, and while she can remember all the songs from The Music Man, she can no longer attend to the basics of caring for herself. Alice moves to live with her daughter, Dana, in Vermont, and the story begins.

Aliceheimer’s is a series of illustrated vignettes, daily glimpses into their world with Alzheimer’s. Walrath’s time with her mother was marked by humor and clarity: “With a community of help that included pirates, good neighbors, a cast of characters from space-time travel, and my dead father hovering in the branches of the maple trees that surround our Vermont farmhouse, Aliceheimer’s let us write our own story daily—a story that, in turn, helps rewrite the dominant medical narrative of aging.”

In drawing Alice, Walrath literally enrobes her with cut-up pages from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. She weaves elements from Lewis Carroll’s classic throughout her text, using evocative phrases from the novel to introduce the vignettes, such as “Disappearing Alice,” “Missing Pieces,” “Falling Slowly,” “Curiouser and Curiouser,” and “A Mad Tea Party.”

Walrath writes that creating this book allowed her not only to process her grief over her mother’s dementia, but also “to remember the magic laughter of that time.” Graphic medicine, she writes, “lets us better understand those who are hurting, feel their stories, and redraw and renegotiate those social boundaries. Most of all, it gives us a way to heal and to fly over the world as Alice does.” In the end, Aliceheimer’s is indeed strangely and utterly uplifting.

 

Part of the Graphic Medicine series: Dr. Ian Williams, the editor of ‘Graphic Medicine‘ says:

It has long been known that comics are “not just for kids”. Over the past decade this underrated medium has begun to receive recognition and acclaim from literary critics, academics, and broadsheet reviewers. This renaissance is partly due to the rise in popularity of the graphic novel. In contrast to production line, genre based, mainstream comics, graphic novels are full length, square bound “serious” comic books, aimed at adults, usually written and illustrated by one person, thus encapsulating the style, narrative and subjective worldview of an individual. Often drawing on direct experience, the author builds a world into which the reader is drawn. Amongst the growing number of autobiographical works, titles dealing directly with the patient experience of illness or caring for others with an illness are to be found.

…and references the BMJ: Graphic medicine: use of comics in medical education and patient care.

 

I really wasn’t sure what to think about this one, until it arrived. It’s incredibly beautiful and moving, funny and sad. The pictures remind me of an exhibition some time ago at The Wellcome gallery which showcased Bobby Baker‘s watercolours documenting her living with mental illness- they’re equally honest, searing and poignant.

Available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

17
Dec
19

Alice in Kanjiland

Alice in Kanjiland by Cure Dolly

Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform from 2017

ISBN-10: 1973719053
ISBN-13: 978-1973719052

Blurb:

This book combines the cute and crazy world of Alice in Wonderland with a scientific method of learning (SRS) to introduce you to a wide range of basic kanji (all first-year Japanese school kanji, all JLPT N5 kanji).

You’ll learn how kanji are constructed, how they fit together to make bigger words, how they are pronounced, and much more, in a form that makes them uniquely memorable—a story in which the kanji themselves are characters and adventures.

Cure Dolly’s website here, with a link to extracts from the book.

Available via Amazon.

17
Dec
19

Wonderland: An Anthology of Works Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Wonderland: An Anthology of Works Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane.

Published by Titan Books Ltd, 17 Sept. 2019.

ISBN-10: 1789091489
ISBN-13: 978-1789091489

Collection of writing inspired by Alice. First edition paperback, signed by seven people connected with the book, but unfortunately mainly illegibly! According to the Forbidden Planet website, the people present at the signing where I bought this were M R Carey, James Lovegrove, Laura Mauro, Rob Shearman and Catriona Ward, but that’s only five. I think the others are Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan.

Back cover blurb:

Join Alice as she is thrown into the whirlwind of Wonderland.

Within these pages you’ll find myriad approaches to Alice, from horror to historical, taking us from the nightmarish reaches of the imagination to tales that will shock, surprise and tug on the heart-strings. So, it’s time now to go down the rabbit hole, or through the looking-glass or… But no, wait. By picking up this book and starting to read it you’re already there, can’t you see?

Brand-new works from the best in fantastical fiction

M.R. Carey, Mark Chadbourn, Genevieve Cogman, Jonathan Green, Alison Littlewood, James Lovegrove, L.L. McKinney, George Mann, Juliet Marillier, Laura Mauro, Cat Rambo, Lilith Saintcrow, Cavan Scott, Robert Shearman, Angela Slatter, Catriona Ward, Jane Yolen, and Rio Youers.

Publisher blurb:

Join Alice as she is thrown into the whirlwind of Wonderland, in works bending the traditional notions of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, including ghosts, medieval quests, demons and cyborgs!

Available on Amazon.

 

 

17
Dec
19

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass : Minalima

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass : Illustrated by Minalima.

Published by Harper Design, Oct. 2019

ISBN-10: 0062936611
ISBN-13: 978-0062936615

Signed copy, first printing.

Minalina are the design studio behind the graphic props of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, founded by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima. They have a shop/gallery on Greek Street in Soho, London, just next to the wonderful Bertaux which I’ve been visiting since I was a little girl, and was always so much better than Patisserie Valerie 😀

Genuinely amazing book- what I would have called pop-up, but now apparently ‘with interactive elements’.

From Harper Collins website:

The sixth book in a series of illustrated classics, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass gets reimagined in this deluxe gift edition featuring exciting new artwork and several interactive features from the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film franchise, MinaLima.

Originally published in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s exquisite story of Alice, an inquisitive heroine who falls through a rabbit hole and into a whimsical world has captured the hearts of readers young and old as a timeless masterpiece. Perhaps the most popular female character in English literature, Alice is accompanied on her journey of trials and tribulations by crazy characters such as the frantic White Rabbit, the hot-headed Queen of Hearts, the intriguing Mad Hatter and so much more.

Designed through the eyes of the talented design firm MinaLima, readers will fall in love with their imaginative drawings of literature’s most famous characters. Exclusive interactive features include:

-Alice with extendable legs and arms

-The rabbit’s house that opens to reveal a giant Alice

-The Cheshire cat with a pull tab that removes the cat and leaves the cat’s grin

-A flamingo croquet club that swings to hit the hedgehog

-Removable map of the Looking Glass world

This keepsake illustrated edition—the sixth book in Harper Design’s series of reimagined children’s classics—will be treasured by readers of all ages for generations to come.

Some of the amazing interactive bits can be seen in Harper Collins’ youtube video:

Available from Minalima or on Amazon.




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