Archive for December, 2019

17
Dec
19

Alice in Kanjiland

Alice in Kanjiland by Cure Dolly

Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform from 2017

ISBN-10: 1973719053
ISBN-13: 978-1973719052

Blurb:

This book combines the cute and crazy world of Alice in Wonderland with a scientific method of learning (SRS) to introduce you to a wide range of basic kanji (all first-year Japanese school kanji, all JLPT N5 kanji).

You’ll learn how kanji are constructed, how they fit together to make bigger words, how they are pronounced, and much more, in a form that makes them uniquely memorable—a story in which the kanji themselves are characters and adventures.

Cure Dolly’s website here, with a link to extracts from the book.

Available via Amazon.

17
Dec
19

Wonderland: An Anthology of Works Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Wonderland: An Anthology of Works Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane.

Published by Titan Books Ltd, 17 Sept. 2019.

ISBN-10: 1789091489
ISBN-13: 978-1789091489

Collection of writing inspired by Alice. First edition paperback, signed by seven people connected with the book, but unfortunately mainly illegibly! According to the Forbidden Planet website, the people present at the signing where I bought this were M R Carey, James Lovegrove, Laura Mauro, Rob Shearman and Catriona Ward, but that’s only five. I think the others are Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan.

Back cover blurb:

Join Alice as she is thrown into the whirlwind of Wonderland.

Within these pages you’ll find myriad approaches to Alice, from horror to historical, taking us from the nightmarish reaches of the imagination to tales that will shock, surprise and tug on the heart-strings. So, it’s time now to go down the rabbit hole, or through the looking-glass or… But no, wait. By picking up this book and starting to read it you’re already there, can’t you see?

Brand-new works from the best in fantastical fiction

M.R. Carey, Mark Chadbourn, Genevieve Cogman, Jonathan Green, Alison Littlewood, James Lovegrove, L.L. McKinney, George Mann, Juliet Marillier, Laura Mauro, Cat Rambo, Lilith Saintcrow, Cavan Scott, Robert Shearman, Angela Slatter, Catriona Ward, Jane Yolen, and Rio Youers.

Publisher blurb:

Join Alice as she is thrown into the whirlwind of Wonderland, in works bending the traditional notions of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, including ghosts, medieval quests, demons and cyborgs!

Available on Amazon.

 

 

17
Dec
19

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass : Minalima

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass : Illustrated by Minalima.

Published by Harper Design, Oct. 2019

ISBN-10: 0062936611
ISBN-13: 978-0062936615

Signed copy, first printing.

Minalina are the design studio behind the graphic props of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, founded by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima. They have a shop/gallery on Greek Street in Soho, London, just next to the wonderful Bertaux which I’ve been visiting since I was a little girl, and was always so much better than Patisserie Valerie 😀

Genuinely amazing book- what I would have called pop-up, but now apparently ‘with interactive elements’.

From Harper Collins website:

The sixth book in a series of illustrated classics, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass gets reimagined in this deluxe gift edition featuring exciting new artwork and several interactive features from the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film franchise, MinaLima.

Originally published in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s exquisite story of Alice, an inquisitive heroine who falls through a rabbit hole and into a whimsical world has captured the hearts of readers young and old as a timeless masterpiece. Perhaps the most popular female character in English literature, Alice is accompanied on her journey of trials and tribulations by crazy characters such as the frantic White Rabbit, the hot-headed Queen of Hearts, the intriguing Mad Hatter and so much more.

Designed through the eyes of the talented design firm MinaLima, readers will fall in love with their imaginative drawings of literature’s most famous characters. Exclusive interactive features include:

-Alice with extendable legs and arms

-The rabbit’s house that opens to reveal a giant Alice

-The Cheshire cat with a pull tab that removes the cat and leaves the cat’s grin

-A flamingo croquet club that swings to hit the hedgehog

-Removable map of the Looking Glass world

This keepsake illustrated edition—the sixth book in Harper Design’s series of reimagined children’s classics—will be treasured by readers of all ages for generations to come.

Some of the amazing interactive bits can be seen in Harper Collins’ youtube video:

Available from Minalima or on Amazon.

14
Dec
19

The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland by Carys Bexington & Kate Hindley

 

The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland by Carys Bexington. Illustrated by Kate Hindley.

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books October 2019

ISBN-10: 1509879889
ISBN-13: 978-1509879885

A charming fusion of ‘Twas The Night before Christmas by  Clement Clarke Moore and the Alice books, with appearances by Alice, The Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, Saint Nick and all his reindeer. Bexington’s debut.

Lovely pictures by Kate Hindley who has also illustrated books for Alexander McCall Smith and Miranda Hart.

From the publisher’s blurb:

Twas the night before Christmas, with a wonderful twist! Lewis Carroll’s classic Wonderland returns but this time instead of Alice, it’s Santa’s turn for an adventure down the rabbit hole. Join the Cheshire-Cat, the Mad Hatter, and the reindeer for a tea party with lots of festive fun!

The Queen of Hearts hates Christmas – she’s banned tinsel, mince pies and even good cheer –because when she was a little Princess the White Rabbit was late delivering her letter to Father Christmas and she didn’t receive a present. But one snowy Christmas Eve, Santa finally receives her letter and races to deliver her gift! Will Santa and his reindeer be able to put the Merry back into Christmas in Wonderland?

From the original publisher of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written by debut author Carys Bexington and illustrated by star artist Kate Hindley, The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland is a fun mash-up of two classics, showing the true meaning of Christmas is to be kind.

Review:

Carys Bexington’s witty and ingenious rewriting of the poem ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, to incorporate language and characters from Lewis Carroll, tells a rollicking story in which the Queen of Hearts learns the first rule of Christmas: be kind. The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland is illustrated by Kate Hindley with stylish inventiveness and touches of madness and modernity.

The Times

Available here.

 

14
Dec
19

Alice in Wonderland: A Puzzle Adventure

 

Alice in Wonderland: A Puzzle Adventure by Aleksandra Artymowska.

Large format hardback- published by Big Picture Press, June 2019

ISBN-10: 1787414906
ISBN-13: 978-1787414907

Really lovely visual puzzle book, covering just about all the events of both Alice books- from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to the Lion and the Unicorn and the knitting sheep. The reader is tasked to spot differences between Mock Turtles, track down the Cheshire cat or escape a 3D chessboard.

Aleksandra Artymowska is an illustrator, graphic designer and painter from Poland. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2005. She has also produced puzzle versions of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80… Puzzles.

From the publishers blurb:

Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s book, Aleksandra Artymowska’s stunning scenes are packed with references to the original, from the Mad Hatter’s tea party to lines of marching playing cards. Readers must riddle their way from one page to another, cracking clues, finding hidden objects, and meandering through mazes. Beautifully illustrated and full of nostalgic charm, this imaginative puzzle book will appeal to readers young and old.

 

You can find a lot more of the images here, or on the artist’s Facebook page.

Highly recommended, and available on Amazon here.

 

 




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