Archive for March 6th, 2010

06
Mar
10

Wonderland Revisited and the Games Alice Played There

Wonderland Revisited and the Games Alice Played There by Keith Sheppard.

Illustrations by Cynthia Brownell.

Published by Evertype, 2009.

From the cover:

“Excuse me,” said Alice to a small white Mouse in red shorts. “What precisely is a custard race?”

Did Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass leave you yearning for more? Join Alice on her new journey and meet the extraordinary inhabitants of Wonderland, both familiar and new.

If your bed turned into a boat and you found yourself “drifting off” in an entirely unexpected manner how would you find your way home? The Jack of Diamonds says it’s Alice’s own fault for being fast asleep—had she slept more slowly she wouldn’t be so far from home.

The Red Queen, the Mah-jong Dragons, even the Red King’s Gamekeeper, all seem helpful enough at first—but things never quite turn out the way Alice hopes!

Brimming with wordplay, nonsense verse, and a cast of eccentric characters each with their own peculiar logic, this adventure is faithful to the style of the originals, picking up the pen where Lewis Carroll put it down. Be swept away on a torrent of humour and madness. Alice is back!

Available on Amazon: Wonderland Revisited and the Games Alice Played There

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06
Mar
10

Alice Threw the Looking Glass

Alice Threw the Looking Glass by James Roberts White, in Three Way Plays.

Hardback, no illustrations.

Published by Harper & Brothers 1944.

One for the obsessives only: a book of royalty free, one act plays suitable for staging, being read as ‘radio plays’, or for use in drama classes or try-outs: hence ‘three way’. The first play in the collection is an Alice themed story.

Picked up on abebooks for around a fiver, mine is an ex- library copy, complete with the old ticket and labels: Central Library, Bancroft Road E1. Which coincidentally was a haunt of mine when I used to work in the Mile End Hospital on the same road. Small world.




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