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The Magic Token: A Journey with Alice in Wonderland

The Magic Token: A Journey with Alice in Wonderland by Eugene Orlando.

Original Tenniel illustrations.

ISBN: 978-0595332762

Printed to order by iUniverse.

A modern girl travels through Wonderland with Alice.

From the cover:

It’s Walt Disney meets H. G. Wells’ Time Machine when Emma Thomas’ best friend loses the silver dollar that Emma loaned her for a seventh grade school project. Dana offer’s her twelve-year-old friend a replica of a magic token once owned by Charles Dickens. Reluctantly taking it, Emma scoffs at the claims on the magic token package that the famous 19th century author used it to time travel for his book research. During an argument with her younger brother, Emma accidentally wishes herself back to 1862 and joins Alice in Wonderland. Along their journey Emma breaks up the Caucus racers, acts as policewoman for a loud-mouthed Duchess and her pan-throwing cook, trades insults with the pipe-smoking Caterpillar and the grinning Cheshire Cat, disrupts the Queen of Heart’s croquet match, stirs the Mad Hatter’s tea party into an even madder, madcap, madhouse, and plays defense attorney to try to stop the Queen of Hearts from chopping off Alice’s head. Having lost the magic token somewhere in Wonderland, can Emma escape, or is she trapped in Alice’s mad, mad, mad, upside-down world forever?

Amazon:The Magic Token: A Journey with Alice in Wonderland


Illustrated by Zdenko Bašic

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, retold by Harriet Castor.

Illustrated by Zdenko Bašic.

Published by Carlton Books Ltd, 2010

ISBN: 978-1847324368

From the publisher:

Young Alice dozes on a warm afternoon on the riverbank only to see a white rabbit with a pocket watch rushing down a rabbit hole. Alice follows and enters the magical world of Wonderland where anything and everything can happen. Each spread of this title includes additional features, such as poems, songs, letters, lists and notes that enrich the story, adding background and atmosphere to draw the reader along.

Harriet Castor sold her first book for publication at the age of twelve. Since then she has written more than forty books for children, plus a novel for adults. She grew up in Warwickshire, where she attended a full-time ballet school, but gave up dancing for Cambridge and a history degree. Harriet lives in Bristol. Born in Croatia, award-winning artist Zdenko Basic graduated from the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts in 2005. He has since illustrated many children’s books, including The Tales from Long Ago and The Cleverest Spider. In addition to his books, Zdenko works as a costume designer and scenographer.

This is a really charming book: a cross between a pop-up, a picture book and an advent calender. I’m trying to resist the temptation to open all the little doors and keep the book mint, but I suspect I’ll succumb soon: it’s just too sweet to leave alone.

The only confusing thing is that it’s Alice for younger children, but is marked “NOT suitable For children under 36 months due to potential small parts which may cause choking”. Bloody H&S. Grrrrr.

On amazon: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


The Complete Alice in Wonderland: Dynamite Comic

The Complete Alice in Wonderland: Dynamite Comic written by John Reppion and Leah Moore.

Artist: Erica Awano.

Published by Dynamite, 2009.

Full adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in two comic books.

They’ve also done Looking-glass, including the Wasp in the Wig, but I haven’t got those yet…

There’s a hardback bound book of all the comics available on Amazon: Complete Alice In Wonderland HC

My copies were bought on ebay for much cheapness.


Alice in Wonderland (Graphic Novel Adaptation)

Alice in Wonderland (Graphic Novel Adaptation) by Lewis Carroll, adapted by Lewis Helfand.

Illustrated by Rajesh Nagulakonda.

Published by Campfire, 2010. Paperback.

Does what it says on the tin, really: graphic version of the original story.

There’s a little glossary of fantastic beasts at the back, including the Griffin, which seems relevant, and the phoenix, which seems rather less so…

ISBN: 978-9380028002

Available on Amazon: Alice in Wonderland (Graphic Novel Adaptation)


Piccolo Alice

Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Piccolo Pan, 1973. Mass market paperback.

ISBN: 0330236148 (but this also seems to be a non-film version..)

No illustrations, but there are colour photos from the Fox-Rank film starring Fiona Fullerton as Alice, Peter Sellers as the March Hare, Dudley Moore as the Dormouse, Robert Helpmann as the Mad Hatter, Ralph Richardson as the Caterpillar, and with Michael Hordern, Spike Milligan, Dennis Price and Flora Robson.

The pencil mark inside tells me it was bought for 25p (which is also the original price on the back cover!), but goodness knows where from. Possibly the second hand bookshop in Southwold at a guess.

Amazon: Alice in Wonderland (Piccolo Books)


Alice in Zombieland

Alice in Zombieland by Nickolas Cook.

Published by Coscom Entertainment, 2009.

ISBN: 978-1926712291

From the cover:

Can Alice escape Zombieland before the Dead Red Queen catches up to her?

When little Alice falls asleep, she finds herself in an undead nightmare of rotting flesh and insanity. Following a talking rat, she ventures further into this land of zombies and monsters.

There’s also something else troubling poor Alice: her skin is rotting and her hair is falling out. She’s cold and there’s the haunting feeling that if she remains in Zombieland any longer, she might never leave and forever be caught between life and death.

Have a seat at the table for the Tea Party of your life and explore the wondrous adventure that is Zombieland.

I haven’t read this, and the only reviewer I have found so far is rather unimpressed

If you want to judge for yourself, it’s on amazon here: Alice in Zombieland


Our Trip to Blunderland

Our Trip to Blunderland, or Grand Excursion to Blundertown and Back by Jean Jambon.

Illustrated by Charles Doyle.

Originally published by William Blackwood and Sons in 1877, this is a modern reprint from Bibliolife. This is handy, as the cheapest copies of the original hover around the £100 mark on abebooks. They do look rather prettier than this paperback version though…

ISBN: 978-1110558346

From the author:

“It may be thought that in introducing a certain little lady ALICEnce has been taken. But royal personages are public property.”

You can read the full text here.


Alice in the Country of Hearts

Alice in the Country of Hearts by QuinRose.

Art by Soumei Hoshino.

Published by Tokyopop, 2010. First edition paperback.

ISBN: 1427817693

From the cover:

Wonderland is officially at war! And Alice is trapped in the middle of it all. Will she make it out alive? A little arrogant, stubborn, and determined to get back home, Alice isn’t fazed by these challenges… until she discovers that every man is gun crazy and weirdly in love with her. What’s going on in Wonderland?!

Basically, Alice Liddell is transported to a Wonderland filled with handsome young men loosely based on Wonderland characters, who all seem to want to fall in love with her. It’s Alice as a dating game, crossed with a computer game. Sort of fun in a bizarre kind of way.

On Amazon: Alice in the Country of Hearts Volume 1


Frankie in Wonderland

Frankie in Wonderland by A Tory.

Published by E. P. Dutton & Co., 1934.

Soft back pamphlet with no illustrations.

“With apologies to Lewis Carroll, the originator and pre-historian of the New Deal”.

An attack on the ‘New Deal’ as an Alice parody, with Franklin D Roosevelt as our Alice: the New Deal being his economic policies from 1933 to 1937.


“To the American Eagle, that noble bird, before it was painted blue and turned into a Soviet Duck”.

Sometimes available on amazon: Frankie in Wonderland: With Apologies to Lewis Carroll, the Originator and Pre-Historian of the New Deal

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