Archive for March, 2010



14
Mar
10

Ann in the Moon

Ann in the Moon by Frances D. Francis.

Illustrated by Alan Aldridge.

Published by Bancroft, London, 1970. Hardback, 1st edition. No dustjacket, but I assume it never had one, seeing as the frontcover still has the old price label stuck to it. (21/- or £1.05, in case you’re wondering…)

This book is an example of how confusing and confounding and surprising collecting Alice books can be: I have discovered most of my books by stumbling across them in shops or jumble sales; or by searching the various bookselling internet sites for ‘alice spoof‘, ‘alice parody‘, or any puns I can think of on ‘Wonderland’.
So where the hell do you start when the book is called ‘Ann in the Moon’?

I only came across this when a bookseller I had purchased from before mentioned it to me. And I love it. I’m not even sure exactly what makes it an Alice book, but the pictures certainly help:

I knew Alan Aldridge’s stuff well as a child: I loved Butterfly Ball and the Beatles pictures.  There’s a wiki page on him here if you want to know more about him.

Frances D. Francis, however, is more of a mystery. If anyone knows anything about her, I’d love to hear it….

On amazon: Ann in the Moon

07
Mar
10

Alice in Rainforest Land

The New Adventures of Alice in Rainforest Land by Nadine Amadio

Illustrations by Charles Blackman.

Published by PIC, 1988. Hardback with dustjacket.

ISBN: 0949284076

Alice goes Green:

“Where to” asked the White Rabbit suspiciously. “To Australia!” said Alice triumphantly.

Alice, the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat visit a wonderland version of Australia. Here they find an ancient forest where the Echidna, the Platypus and the Floral Butterfly live in harmony with The Guardian, an enormous tree. This world is in trouble (sound familiar?) as someone is chopping down the trees…

Bought from Stella and Rose Books.
Available on amazon: The New Adventures Of Alice In Rainforest Land

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

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.

05
Mar
10

Illustrated by Camille Rose Garcia

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Illustrated by Camille Rose Garcia.

ISBN: 978-0061886577

From the publishers:

One of the most beloved children’s classics of all time, Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is boldly reinterpreted by Camille Rose Garcia, whose dark yet whimsical style has won her resounding praise and an international cult following. The story of a young girls’ strange adventures in a fantasy world comes to life in this stunning, affordably priced edition that will delight the many millions of confirmed Alice fans everywhere and captivate a new generation.

This new, imaginatively illustrated edition holds even greater promise, with an enormous fan base, long literary history, and the timing of its publication with the film. Alice is going Goth – and her adventures are more wondrous than ever before.

The illustrator’s website is here.

Available on Amazon: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

04
Mar
10

Alice in 2000

Alice in 2000 by Renzo Rossotti.

Illustrated by Grazia Nidasio.

Published by Ward Lock Limited, 1970.

Alice visits the planet of Meringue, drops in on a constellation or two, finds out where time is made and gets a special golden dress (that’s the extra picture: I couldn’t resist scanning another one in). I really don’t remember the year 2000 being like this…

The illustrations are really wonderful and they remind me of some of the picture books I had as a child, most particularly The Forgotten Teddy Bear. At least, I think that’s what it was called: Mum, do you remember it?

Available on amazon: Alice in 2000

04
Mar
10

Alice in Wunderground

Alice in Wunderground and Other Blits and Pieces by Michael Barsley.

Illustrated by the author.

Published by John Murray, 1940. 48 pages: pamphlet, 8vo.

Collection of various satires, poetic parodies and cartoons on wartime topics, with some related to Alice.

I’m on the lookout for his other book: “Grabberwocky and other Fights of Fancy”.

Bought via abebooks for a tenner or so.

On amazon: Alice In Wunderground And Other Bits And Pieces




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