Archive for April, 2010


Lost in Blunderland

Lost in Blunderland by Caroline Lewis.

Illustrated by S.R.

Published by William Heinemann, 1903.

Sequel to Clara in Blunderland.

Written by Harold Begbie and J. Stafford Ransome under the pseudonym of Caroline Lewis. This reversal of Lewis Carroll’s name is pleasing to me, as his pseudonym was originally chosen by taking Dodgson’s first names (Charles Lutwidge), reversing and ‘latinising’ them to Ludovicus Carolus, and then re-Englishising them again.

As with the first book, the illustrations are credited to S.R., and I believe they were the work of the J. Stafford Ransome part of the partnership, and again they echo the Tenniels, but look like genuine political caricatures. Clara herself is Balfour.

I bought this from Stella and Rose Books. You can buy a modern reprint here.
On amazon: Blunderland


Alice in Wonderland: Disney Novelisation

Alice in Wonderland: Disney Novelisation by T.T. Sutherland

Based on the film by Tim Burton, and the screenplay by Linda Woolverton.

Published by Puffin, 2010

ISBN: 978-0141330464

Product Description:

From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes a magical re-imagining of one of the most beloved stories of all time. Mia Wasikowska stars as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror.

From the cover:

Just beyond our world lies a place where madmen share their tea with hares and dormice. A queen enjoys a tyrannous reign, while terrifying beasts and immaterial felines roam her kingdom. There is a simple way into this world, and a young woman named Alice has found it. Join her as she travels down the rabbit hole and into a place called Underland.

Based on the frankly meh film. And why call it Alice in Wonderland, when that’s what most people think the original is called? I suspect this’ll get bought in error by people looking for the ‘proper’ Alice. What a disappointment they’ll get…


Bought on amazon only in an attempt at completeness: Alice in Wonderland (Book of the Film)


Alice in Wonderland: The Visual Guide

Alice in Wonderland: The Visual Guide: Disney.

Published by Dorling Kindersley, 2010. Hardback.

ISBN: 978-1405352598

Product description:

Go behind the scenes of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Meet Alice, from Alice in Wonderland; now aged 17 she attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. She runs off, following a white rabbit into a hole and ends up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn’t remember. Step into Wonderland and come face-to-face with the characters from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and satisfy your curiosity through tons of cool facts. You’ll meet The Mad Hatter, The White Queen, Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and more. Then journey through fantastic stills and CG character photography from the movie and discover all about Alice’s magical adventures.

Not as ‘DK’ as you’d expect: pretty much a storybook with photos and a few odd facts. Glossy and well presented though, but I suspect the ‘Visual Companion’ is more interesting.

Available on amazon: Alice in Wonderland the Visual Guide (Disney Alice in Wonderland)


Alice for DS

Alice in Wonderland for Nintendo DS

Disney Interactive, 2010

Product description:

Journey to Underland with Alice in an all-new videogame inspired by the Tim Burton movie and experience a fantastical world of illusions, exploration and unique gameplay where nothing is quite as it seems. Use the Mad Hatter and a menagerie of characters to unravel the mysteries of Underland. Explore a strange world, battle enemies and avoid traps. Meet bizarre new characters with unique abilities, solve mind-bending puzzles and play alongside your friends. Unravel the mystery of Underland and help Alice battle the Red Queen and defeat the Jabberwocky.

I really like this game, as far as I’ve got with it: I’ve since been distracted by Pokemon. It’s got really cute graphics, and isn’t too hard, even for me. It’s all rather more stylish than the film…


Pandect of C.L.D.

Pandect of C.L.D., allegedly written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) with a foreword and postscript by Morris L. Ernst.

Privately printed at the Peter Pauper Press, 1965.

Hardback, with dustjacket.

Dedication reads:

Holiday Greetings for your own Adventures in the Wonderland of 1966: Morris L. Ernst

According to wiki:

Ernst was a strong supporter of J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI. In 1940, as head of the ACLU, he agreed to bar communists from employment there and even discouraged their membership, basing his position on a distinction between the rights of the individual and the rights of groups.

Apparently, the “kindly hoax” took in at least two distinguished editors of the day.

Occasionally available on amazon: Pandect of C.L.D


The Hunting of the Snark Concluded

The Hunting of the Snark Concluded by Cathy Bowern.

Illustrations by Brian Puttock.

Published by Angerona Press, 1997.

The same Isle of Wight based author and illustrator combination that produced “A Looking Glass Sequelin 1993.

Also includes the original Carroll poem; or Agony in Eight Fits… Brian Puttock has illustrated that section as well as the sequel.

There are a selection of (I assume) humourous fake reviews on the back:

Cathy Bowern’s continuation of the Snark is particularly devoid of merit…deserves to be trampled underfoot by 150 Indian elephants

Available on amazon: Cathy Bowern books


Basil in Blunderland

Basil in Blunderland by Cardinal Basil Hume.

Published by Darton Longman and Todd, 1997.

Illustrated by Sarah John.

Catholicism with a Wonderland slant: Hume was a former Benedictine who became the Archbishop of Westminster: this book arose from a child’s game of hide and seek.

Comparing Christianity to the Caucus-race in Alice in Wonderland, Hume quotes the Dodo: “The best way to explain it is to do it.”

From the cover:

Now it is a fact that my spiritual life is more a wandering in Blunderland than a resting and relaxing in Wonderland. I would guess that most of us would say the same of ourselves. . . . What matters, however, is that minds and hearts should be involved in the search for God, where the seeking and the finding go hand in hand. It is the process of getting to know God and learning to love Him. It is intimacy with Him that we seek. We try to go beyond every experience of knowledge and love, which we have now, to another experience, which is beyond our grasp but not entirely out of reach.

Available on amazon: Basil in Blunderland


POP Wonderland Alice

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll, adapted by Michiyo Hayano.

Illustrated by POP.

Published by Dark Horse Books, 2010.

ISBN: 978-1595822666

A very manga-esque Alice, all big eyes and clumpy feet. Everything’s very pastel and cute: not really my cup of tea, but I can see the appeal. There are several others in the series: Red-Riding Hood, Thumbelina and The Little Mermaid.

From the publishers:

* A new line of children’s story books, the POP Wonderland series is rendered in a friendly, pastel palette, with engaging art that brings familiar fairy tales to life in a brand- new way.

* A well-known manga artist and anime designer in Japan, the illustrator known as POP is the creator behind the 2007 educational TV series Moetan. A hit in Japan, Moetan has spawned a line of educational books, CDs, DVDs, and more, all designed to help Japanese children learn English.

Boought on amazon: Alices Adventures in Wonderland: The POP Wonderland Series

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