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08
Nov
20

Alice

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Alice (Chronicles of Alice 1) by Christina Henry

Trade Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Ace (August 4, 2015)- an imprint of Penguin Random House

ISBN-10: 0425266796
ISBN-13: 978-0425266793

Definitely not a first edition- 7th I think.

Somehow I’ve ended up with an American print of this, which is a shame as there are two others in the series (Red Queen and Looking Glass) and if I buy the UK ones THE COVERS WON’T MATCH!! Ah, the traumas of Alice collecting.

Publisher’s blurb:

Alice has been in the mental hospital in Old Town for years. She doesn’t remember why. All she can remember is a tea party long ago. Long ears and blood. Until one night she escapes, free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago. When Alice escapes, something escapes with her. And the truth she so desperately seeks is so much stranger than any madman’s ranting. From the author of the Black Wings novels, the first in a dazzling and mind-bending new series, inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll.

and the back cover bumpf:

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago. Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.

If anyone in the US or Canada wants to help me in my dilemma by sending me the American version, feel free!

UK version on UK Amazon, mine on Blackwells. Author’s page here.

08
Nov
20

Alice, Curiouser and Curiouser

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Alice, Curiouser and Curiouser edited by Kate Bailey and Simon Sladen. With contributions from Annmarie Bilclough and Harriet Reed. Illustrations by Kristjana S. Williams.

Large hardcover, 224 pages. First edition.

ISBN-13 : 978-1838510046

Publisher : V&A

Published to accompany the planned show at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The dates given on the first page of the book are ’27 June 2020 to 10 January 2021″, but what with 2020 being a bit of a topsy-turvy Carrollian nightmare itself, the exhibition has been postponed, now (hopefully) opening Saturday, 27 March 2021. And yes, I already have tickets. For three different dates.

The first chapter of the book is a retelling of Wonderland in just chapter headings and illustrations by Kristjana S. Williams, with lots of hidden joys in each picture. Later chapters explore the creation of the books, the history of performances of Alice, and Alice Reimagined- with work from many artists including Dorothea Tanning, Max Ernst and Dali.

Publishers blurb:

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is a cultural phenomenon. First published in 1865, it has never been out of print and has been translated into 170 languages. But why does it have such enduring and universal appeal for both adults and children?

This book explores the global impact of Alice in Wonderland across art, design and performance from the nineteenth century to today. It shows how Alice has been re-imagined and reinterpreted by each new generation: from the original illustrations by John Tenniel to artwork by Peter Blake and Salvador Dali, and from the 1951 Disney movie to Tim Burton’s latest interpretation.

This beautiful, playful publication also includes specially commissioned interactive illustrations by award-winning artist Kristjana S. Williams, as well as quotes from an array of cultural creators from Stephen Fry to Tim Walker, Ralph Steadman to Little Simz about the profound influence of Alice on their work.

Available via the V&A shop (along with tickets to the exhibition) or on Amazon.

08
Nov
20

All Lies in Trumperland

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All Lies in Trumperland (BoJo Through The Looking Glass) a.k.a. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR! by Trevor Stott-Briggs.

ISBN-13: 9781838090005

Softback, 314 pages

(Self)-Published by Nielsen UK ISBN Store

From the rather lengthy bumpf (The misspelling of Carroll is original, not mine):

ALL LIES IN TRUMPERLAND is a witty, satirical, political parody about the McDonald J Trumper and BoJo Jockstrap, written using the theme of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll.

BoJo falls down the rabbit hole into Trumperland and meets a lot of the ‘Alice’ characters – metamorphosed into Trumper characters – as he wanders around. TSB, the author, has tried to fit into the book as many parodies as possible that relate to the real things that BoJo and the Trumper have done and made them poke at each other through the various characters. In addition, those chapters alternate with what he has called ‘Meanwhile’ chapters (i.e. meanwhile back at home) which are a reverse characterization of Melania and Trump, with her being the dominant one, as the Queen of Queens, and the Trumper being the grovelling ‘Yes dear’ guy.

Enjoy ALL LIES IN TRUMPERLAND as it chronicles the bumbling foibles of two so-called ‘world leaders’ as they bounce from disaster to disaster in ever-deepening spirals of doom for their respective countries. The book covers many topics – but always with a satirical ‘tongue in cheek’ twist – including the 2016 election, border wall, Ukraine, Trumper’s affairs, family and kids, London anti-Trumper protests, impeachment and up to the very early days of the coronavirus. And, likewise for BoJo, he has to deal with Brexit, defections in Parliament, allegations of Russian interference, his family and kids and mistresses and much more. All this is done through characters like the Cheshire Pussy, the Mad Hater, Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber, Roody-Doody, Bolt-On the Walrus, Moscow Mitch the Mock Turtle and Spicy Sean the Gryphon. Of course, no Trumper story would be complete without B.A.R.A.C.K O’Bama and Crooked Hillarious Clingfilm plus, it even has James Madison ‘Father of the Constitution’ sitting in judgement on the Trumper. Part of the theme is also BoJo seeing himself and the flaws in his own character in the Trumper – like looking in a mirror.

The inspiration to write the book came as a result of watching the late-night talk shows which were royally taking the mickey out of Trump every night. People like Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, James Corden, John Oliver, Bill Maher etc. Then TSB realised it wasn’t just funny – it was also a terrible hit on democracy, law & order, colour, race, religion, the Constitution, life, the universe and everything. So, he also began to watch the nightly cable news shows of Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, Chris Hayes, Ari Melber, Joy Reid etc. and daily videos by Glenn Kirschner and take in all the really mind-blowing, serious stuff that was going on. Doing it in the style of a classic fairy story seemed to be the best way to tell the intertwined stories of BoJo and the Trumper.

But, best of all, just before the book was published in September 2020, it was reported by celebrated author, Bob Woodward, that Jared Kushner had said that the best way to understand the Trumper presidency was by reading Alice in Wonderland. It’s not quite straight from the horse’s mouth, but it is a really good tip by the stableboy.

I’m not going to lie and say I’ve read it, but flicking through it, it is amusingly illustrated and there are QR codes linking to relevant media which is an interesting feature.

Sample chapter here.

Available on Amazon.

08
Nov
20

Trumpty Dumpty 2: From Mother Goose to Wonderland…

Trumpty Dumpty 2: From Mother Goose to Wonderland… by Michael S. Luzzi

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Self published collection of parody poems on an anti-Trumpian theme. Seems a suitable book to add to the site today after the news from the States last night.

ISBN: 1732128316 / 9781732128316

The bumpf: 

The second book in the Trumpty Dumpty series is a rollicking political parody in verse using “Alice In Wonderland” characters to represent Trump and his associates as they go down the rabbit hole masquerading as competent officials who believe they know how to run a country. Meet Jared Kushner as the “compulsive” White Knight with compassion for Alice (Ivanka); Mnuchin’s Cheshire Cat, grins mischievously from a tree because he knows that the not-so-secret of Wonderland is “madness.” Roger Stone acts as the perfect Mad Hatter well-known for being provocative. “Trumpty Dumpty 2: From Mother Goose to Wonderland” works as a primer to help readers understand the bigger picture through Trumpty Dumpty nursery rhymes, limericks, parodies of well-known poems and popular songs, haiku, tributes to late night satirists. A do-it-yourself interactive section is included to complete limericks and poem parodies. Droll and witty rhymes deliver a hard-hitting chronicle of the chaos, which is designed to help the reader navigate the murky waters of the Trump administration and nudge Trumpty off his wall.

The cover shows various Trump allies as Wonderland figures, including:

Putin as the Caterpillar

Ivanka as Alice

Devos as the Duchess

Giuliani as the Carpenter

Pence as the White Rabbit

Eric and Donald Jr as Dum and Dee

The kindest things I can say are that it means well, I agree with the sentiment and I admire anyone who puts in the effort to write.

Available on Amazon, if you really feel you must.

19
Oct
20

The Alice Tarot

The Alice Tarot by Karen Mahony

Illustrated by Alex Ukolov.

ISBN: 978-1-905572-21-2

Paperback, published by Magic Realist Press.

Well, I wish I could afford the cards, but they’re out of print and currently around the £300 mark on ebay, so it’s just the companion book. Colour pictures and descriptions of all the cards, black and white illustrations from various different artists, and abridged sketches of both Alice stories to show where the cards fit in.

Available from the Baba Store, and other works by the same authors on Amazon.

04
Oct
20

You are Alice in Wonderland’s Mum!

You are Alice in Wonderland’s Mum! written and illustrated by Sherwin Tjia.

Pick-a-Plot book, published by Conundrum Press, 23 Oct. 2017.

From the blurb:

London, 1862. When your daughters Lorina and Alice go for an afternoon’s picnic in Hyde Park, Alice goes astray! You practically run your legs off looking for her, but as night falls you panic. You look for a clue, a sign — anything. And that’s when a smelly vagrant steps out from behind a tree and offers you information in exchange for coin… or a kiss. If you decide to ignore him, continue searching on page 42. But if you hear him out, turn to page 12. The choice is yours!

In a quest to find your daughter that will take you through the seedy underbelly of London’s Whitechapel district and up into the secret debauched heart of its richest denizens, You Are Alice in Wonderland’s Mum! allows you to make the choices that will bring your dear daughter home, or lose her to Wonderland forever.

Inspired by the gamebook fad of the 80s – You Are Alice in Wonderland’s Mum! is the gothically visionary 4th entry in the acclaimed Pick-A-Plot series of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style books. Off the success of the first three titles, which form the You Are a Cat! Trilogy, author and illustrator Sherwin Tjia puts a new twist on the Alice in Wonderland tale, removing the titular character altogether, and tasking you as her mother – a respectable Englishwoman who must navigate London’s dangerous underworld – with finding her.

Available on Amazon.

25
Jul
20

Mad Magazine: We Pick on Alice in Wonderland

Mad Magazine: We Pick on Alice in Wonderland.

Published March 1st, 2010

Cover artist: credited as Tweedle D. Roach. Allegedly. I think it’s actually Darren, but happy to be corrected.

Australian edition of Mad Magazine, the cover parodying Tim Burton’s version of Alice. Includes “Alice in Wonderland- A Mad Classics Satire”, “Johnny Depp’s Path to the Mad Hatter” and “Joyschtick Jabberwacky”- a Jabberwocky parody:

‘Twas Billy and the Shyguy clones
Did Grax and Grumple in the Kraid;
All Lizzie were the Hanger Zones,
And Phanto Renegade.

 

25
Jul
20

Peter Pumpkin in Wonderland

 

Peter Pumpkin in Wonderland by Ida M Huntington, illustrated by Mary Isabel Hunt.

Hardback clothbound: published 1908 by Rand McNally & Company.

Book has 7 colour plates, four black and white plates with text drawings throughout.

Seven different stories from seven different dreams: including The Toy’s Christmas and The Mermaid’s Summer Holiday.

Not easy to track down, but sometimes around on Abebooks if you’re lucky.

 

“Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
Strange, queer dreams has Master Peter;
Fairy Folk around him dwell
How he fares, our stories tell.”

 

25
Jul
20

Alice’s Magic Garden: Before the Rabbit Hole

Alice’s Magic Garden: Before the Rabbit Hole by Henry Herz. Illustrated by Natalie Hoopes.

Published by Familius: September 2018

Hardback first edition with dust jacket.

From the blurb:

In this imaginative prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice finds herself at a grey, dreary boarding school that is decidedly up the rabbit hole. From the relentless clocks to the beastly students, Alice’s world is void of colour and cheer–until Alice finds a secret garden and begins tending its wilting inhabitants. When Alice’s love touches an ordinary caterpillar, a lory bird, and a white rabbit, magical things will happen–and that, as you know, is just the beginning of the story. Filled with literary allusions and clever nods to its classic roots, Alice’s Magic Garden is a delightful prequel that begs an escape to the whimsy of Wonderland.

Beautifully illustrated book with lots of Alicey secrets to find.

Here’s a video of the author reading the book aloud :

Available on Amazon.

17
Feb
20

The Return of the Jabberwock

 

The Return of the Jabberwock: Inspired By Lewis Carroll’s Famous Poem. Written by Oakley Graham and illustrated by David Neale.

ISBN-10: 1782441719
ISBN-13: 978-1782441717

Published by Top That! Publishing Ltd (1 Oct. 2013)

Back cover blurb:

A brave little boy sets off on an adventure to find the Jabberwock, just like his great grandfather before him. But what creatures will he encounter in mysterious Tulgey Wood?

Available on Amazon.

 




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