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Alice in Blunderland

Alice in Blunderland: How to Save Billions of Dollars Without Even Trying by Jack Anderson with John Kidner.

Illustrations by Tom Ramey.

Published by Acropolis Books Inc (April 1983). Hardback first edition with dustjacket. It’s an old library copy so has assorted stamps and stickers.

ISBN: 0874914485

From the dustjacket:

Join modern day Alice in her zany misadventures in Blunderland (aka Washington, D.C.) as she meets bizarre bureaucrats and discovers the true meaning of the acronyms that enshroud us all.

Jack Northman Anderson (1922 – 2005) was an American newspaper columnist, considered one of the fathers of modern investigative journalism. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972.

Here’s Alice meeting the Official Wordsmith:

Available on Amazon: Alice in Blunderland (paperback)


Classics Illustrated

Classics Illustrated: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Art by Alex A. Blum. New cover art by Cristina Choma. Digital recolouring and text by Shane Kirshenblatt.

(Re-)Published in July 2010 by Classic Comic Store. All artwork re-coloured and the cover digitally enhanced.

ISBN: 9781906814489

The Classics Illustrated series of comics have a complicated history that spans both sides of the Atlantic. If you want details there’s both a Wiki page and a history on the CI webpage.

Alex Blum- actually Alexander Anthony Blum (1889–1969) was born in Hungary, and studied at the National Academy of Design in New York.

He illustrated twenty-five of the Classics Illustrated titles as well as ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, the debut issue of Classics Illustrated Junior.

Available on Amazon: Alice in Wonderland (Classics Illustrated)



Butterscotia or A Cheap Trip to Fairyland by Sir Edward Abbott Parry.

Judge Parry’s sequel to Katawampus.

Illustrated by by Archie MacGregor.

Published: London: David Nutt, 1896.

1st Trade Edition, 8vo hardback covered in beige cloth with brown designs. No dust jacket.

There are seven full page black and white illustrations, and 27 smaller pictures set into the text. The large pictures are protected by tissue paper leaves.

There’s also a fold-out map on onion-skin paper (12 x 14 inches).

Edward Abbott Parry (1863-1943) was an English judge and writer. This book was written for Parry’s children, and is considered by some as an Alice parody, or at least it’s widely thought that it was influenced by the Alice books. The dragon is certainly very Jabberwock-y in the illustration:

There’s an article about Parry here.

Various editions are available on Amazon: Butterscotia


Alison’s Discretions in Nonprofitland

Alison’s Discretions in Nonprofitland by Anne E. Tarleton.

Published on demand by Dog Ear Publishing, 2010. Paperback.

ISBN: 9781608444892

From the back cover:

This book is full of satire and parody as the author cleverly mimics the characters in Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice in Wonderland. Alison and her dog Dinah move to a small town in the rural Colorado, where she becomes involved with a national nonprofit organization, and like Alice, Alison finds amusing and absurd characters in the nonprofit organization. Entertaining and enlightening, this book is a must read for anyone who has every been involved in a national nonprofit organization.
MS. TARLETON is degreed in microbiology and worked for ten years in private and public cancer research facilities, including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle and New Mexico Cancer Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she coauthored papers published in the journal, Cancer. The next ten years she spent within the pharmaceutical and biologics industries as a product manager, and later as an outside sales representative.
After retirement, she worked with a number of national nonprofit organizations where she gathered information on nonprofit organizations, which became the inspiration for this fictional novel. She currently volunteers her time at two locally based community nonprofit organization in her hometown.

I haven’t read the book, and can’t say that the use of the same phrase (‘nonprofit organization’) three times in two sentences, or of the term ‘degreed in microbiology’ helps to tempt me to do so. Even as someone ‘degreed’ in the same subject. Maybe I’m being unfair, and that’s a recognised Americanism, but I hope it’s not one that makes it over here.

Available on Amazon: Alison’s Discretions in NonprofitLand


The All-New Batman: The Brave And The Bold #3- Through the Looking Glass

The All-New Batman: The Brave And The Bold #3– Through the Looking Glass: Chynna Clugston: editor, Dan Davis: inker, Heroic Age: colourer, Rick Burchett: cover, Scott Peterson: editor, Sholly Fisch: writer, Travis Lanham: letterer.

Comic book published by DC Comics: released in March 2011.

In which Batman and the Flash jump through the Mirror Master’s mirror and wind up Through the Looking Glass, where ‘The Mad Hatter’ takes control of the Flash because “he’s one of the few heroes with the good taste to wear a hat.” The heroes meet characters from Alice including Humpty Dumpty, the White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat, and eventually defeat the villains- and a Jabberwock to boot.


Buddy Tucker Meets Alice in Wonderland

Buddy Tucker Meets Alice in Wonderland: written and illustrated by R.F. Outcault.

Published by Cupples & Leon, 1905.

First edition paperback pamphlet/comic with the colour cover missing. Part of the Buster Brown series. 16 pages. Colour plates by Richard Felton Outcault.

Reprinted from the 1905 New York Herald Sunday Supplement.

Richard Felton Outcault (1863 – 1928) was an American comic strip writer and artist. After studying art in Cincinnati and Paris, he was employed by Joseph Pulitzer at the New York World. He was later headhunted by William Randolph Hearst, owner of the New York Journal, who apparently offered him a considerable amount of money to join the newspaper.

He created the Buster Brown series, and is considered the inventor of the modern comic strip.

In the comic, Alice takes Buddy and Botts the Bear to “The House That Jack Built” meeting Jack and the other characters in the story: The Rat That Ate the Malt, which bites Botts on the nose; The Dog That Worried the Cat; The Cow That Tossed the Dog, who tosses the dog onto Botts’ head and The Maiden All Forlorn, whereupon Botts tries to frighten the forlorn out of her.

Bought from Marchpane Books.


alice in candyland

Alice in Candyland, with apologies to Lewis Carroll.

No credit for author or illustrations.


Advertising pastiche for Lowney’s candies. Red and black illustrations. Stapled pamphlet.

Lowney’s began in the US in the late 1800s, moved to Canada in the 1960s, and was later bought out by Hershey’s Chocolates. This is a Canadian advertising pamphlet for the brand and mentions products such as Cherry Blossom, Cracker Jack, and Oh Henry! (Really Big). Blimey. Alice visits the factory in Sherbrooke, Quebec and learns how choclolate is made.

Alice took a step forward and gasped. The floor was soft, white and springy.

“Made from Angelus TenderWhip Marshmallows”, said the rabbit, as if it was the most natural thing in the world.

Bought from Canada from the really friendly and charming Stephen Temple Books.

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