Archive for April, 2010



17
Apr
10

‘Giles’ Alice Cover

Giles‘ published by the Daily Express. Paperback.

Ronald “Carl” Giles (September 29, 1916 – August 28, 1995), usually referred to simply as Giles, was a cartoonist for the Daily Express from 1943-1989.

Collections of Giles cartoons were produced annually from 1946. This is the 27th of the series (1973) with introduction by Michael Parkinson. The only Alice connection is the cover, with the ‘Giles family’ on the front, and the redoubtable Grandma attending a Mad Hatter’s tea party on the back.

Very cheap on amazon: Giles Annual, 27th Series (1973)

17
Apr
10

The Logic of Alice: Clear Thinking in Wonderland

The Logic of Alice: Clear Thinking in Wonderland by Bernard M. Patten.

Published by Prometheus Books, 2009. Paperback.

ISBN: 978-1591026754

Bernard Patten was a chief of the Neuromuscular Disease Division, vice chairman of the Department of Neurology, and attending neurologist at the Baylor College of Medicine. He now lectures in clear thinking, mental gymnastics, logic, and neuroscience.

Product description:

Many commentaries have been devoted to Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The interpretations range from Freudian analysis to speculations about the real-life people who may have inspired the animal characters.

In this unique approach to interpreting Alice, the fruit of ten years of research, Dr. Bernard M. Patten shows that Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, fused his passion for logic, mathematics, and games with his love of words and nonsense stories to produce a multifaceted, intricately structured work of literature. Patten provides a chapter-by-chapter skeleton key to Alice, which meticulously demonstrates how its various episodes reveal Dodgson’s profound knowledge of the rules of clear thinking, informal and formal logic, symbolic logic, and human nature.

As Patten makes clear, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, far from being just an entertaining children’s book, is more complex and deeply reflective of Dodgson’s character than it may seem. By making an effort to understand its deeper layers, both children and adults may profit from this masterful tale by learning to think better and, along the way, having fun.

There’s a lengthy review here.

Available on amazon: Logic of Alice: Clear Thinking in Wonderland

09
Apr
10

The Guinness Alice

The Guinness Alice by Ronald Barton and Robert Bevan.

Pamphlet published by Guinness in 1933, and printed in Great Britain by John Waddington Ltd.

Illustrated by John Gilroy

I have the second edition with full colour illustrations: the first edition had both colour and line drawings.

This series of pamphlets are called “Doctor’s Books” as they were sent to GPs’ surgeries to encourage the drinking of Guinness for medical purposes: very good for nursing mothers for example!

Guinness began this in 1933, carried on until World War 2 halted the practice, and it only started again in 1950. The booklets were then produced each year until 1966. They were produced by the advertising agency SH Benson, who made  many of the iconic Guinness ads. This was the first of the 24 booklets, and the first of five based on Alice. I have all of them, so they’ll all make it onto here eventually…

This is graphically the simplest of the Guiness Alices, with spoof versions of several poems and scenes from the books.

Here’s Old Father William:

“You are old Father WIliiam”, the Young Man said,

“And yet you’re remarkably fit,

You sleep from the moment you get into bed,

Which is rare at your age, you’ll admit.”

“In my youth,” said the Sage, “I heard many reports

That Guiness brought rest to the brain,

Since when, if depressed or a bit out of sorts,

I’ve drunk it again and again.”

I might get round to scanning in some of the pages once I’m a bit more caught up with myself…

Available on amazon: The Guinness Alice
(I got mine cheap on ebay…)

09
Apr
10

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

07
Apr
10

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…

Grump.

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

07
Apr
10

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)

04
Apr
10

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…




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