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Urban Decay: Alice in Wonderland

AD694684-F1D6-4CB1-A611-1AA90D0AD6C2Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland eyeshadow palette- Inspired by the Movie Alice Through the Looking Glass.

From Urban Decay’s product description:

When Disney asked us to jump down the rabbit hole with them again and collaborate on an all-new spectacular adventure, of course we said yes. Inspired by the new fantasy-adventure film release of Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, this limited-edition, pop-up palette is a trippy tribute to our favourite characters from the film.

Using the visually stunning Alice Through the Looking Glass as our inspiration, we painstakingly created the perfect mix of 20 ALL-NEW shades, then arranged them all in columns by character and put them in an intricately designed, collectible palette. Match up the columns to steal their looks or mix up these shades to create countless others. From softer shades inspired by Alice’s look in the film to bold, bright shades like those seen on the Mad Hatter, it’s all here.

The shadows are designed and organised by character, so Alice’s include a pretty pink and a pinafore blue, whereas the White Queen’s are pale and interesting, and the Mad Hatter’s bright orange and purple and puce and viridian.

This palette features colourful, kaleidoscopic artwork woven out of flowers and butterflies and includes several of our favourite quotes from the film. Hits of embossing and gloss give the palette a luxe, dimensional feel. When you lift the lid and open up the doors inside, a three-dimensional butterfly springs up. Pull open the palette’s drawer to reveal the shadows, which are arranged by character in columns from left to right: Alice, Mad Hatter, Mirana (the White Queen), Iracebeth (the Red Queen) and Time (a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock).

What you get:

Alice: Looking Glass (pale pink demi-matte), Reflection (soft peach matte), Dormouse (warm brown matte w/ floating gold micro-sparkle) and Metamorphosis (vibrant periwinkle blue w/micro-sparkle).

Mad Hatter: Hatter (vibrant green w/tonal micro-sparkle), Gone Mad (aubergine w/pink iridescent pearl), Paradox (vibrant orange w/gold pearl) and Cake (saturated blue-pink w/silver micro-shimmer).

Mirana: Lily (opal pink pearl), Duchess (peach w/pink shift and micro-sparkle), Kingdom (copper-bronze pearl) and Chessboard (medium brown matte).

Iracebeth: Heads Will Roll (vibrant turquoise w/gold micro-sparkle), Bandersnatch (deep teal matte), Salazen Grum (metallic crimson) and Royal Flush (pale beige shimmer).

Time: Time (black-navy satin w/soft iridescent micro-sparkle), Dream On (metallic purple-silver), Chronosphere (metallic deep bronze) and Mirror (gray-taupe satin).

The box is really pretty, but not terribly practical (who really cares!).The shadows are in a drawer that takes up the bottom half of the box. The top half is decorative, with a pop up butterfly hidden behind double doors. There is a mirror though…
Pretty much out of stock at the moment, but pops up on amazon.






Grabberwocky and Other Flights of Fancy by Michael Barsley. I also have his other Alice themed book- Alice in Wunderground.

Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster.

First published by John Murray, 1939. This is the third printing from 1941. Softback- pamphlet really…

A  satirical examination of Britain at the outbreak of  World War II by means of a series of fun verses, including a Jabberwocky parody:

‘Twas Danzig, and the Swastikoves
Did Heil and Hittle in the Reich
All Nazi were the Lindengroves
And the Neurat Jewstreich.

Beware the Grabberwock, my Son
The Plans that spawn, the Plots that hatch,
Beware the JewJew Bird, and shun
The führious Bundesnatch.

He took his Aryan Horde in Hand
Long Time the Gestapo He taught
Then rested He by the Baltic Sea
And stood awhile in Thought.

Available on Amazon: Grabberwocky and other Fights of Fancy … Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster


Scenes from Alice in Wonderland for the Pianoforte

image1 (1)Scenes from Alice in Wonderland for the Pianoforte by Frank Lynes, Opus 50.

Published by Alfred Lengnick & Co. Ltd (1908).

Frank Lynes (1858 – 1913) was an American pianist, teacher and composer. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He attended the New England Conservatory at Boston, and later the Leipzig Conservatory. Among his compositions are gavottes for piano and violin, a romanza for violin, ‘cello, organ, and piano, sonatinas, a Te Deum, and many songs, often written for his students.

Includes pieces titled Through the Looking Glass, On the Train, Tweedledum and Tweedledee (video above), Humpty Dumpty and Queen Alice.


Occasionally available on Amazon


Joan in Flowerland

Joan in Flowerland by Margaret Tarrant and Lewis Dutton.

Illustrated by Margaret Tarrant.

Undated, but I think it’s a reprint from 1950, as the 1935 first edition was published undated in blue cloth rather than the beige of my copy.

Hardback, no dustjacket.

Coloured frontispiece and 15 colour plates, plus many line drawings- all of children and various flower fairies.

Margaret Winifred Tarrant (1888 – 1959) was an English illustrator specialising in depictions of fairy-like children and religious subjects. She began her career at the age of 20, and painted and published into the early 1950s.

She was known for her children’s books, postcards, calendars, and print reproductions.

The book tells of Joan’s journey through Flowerland after falling asleep in the sun one day.
Bought in Fosters in Chiswick. Lovely shop.

Sometimes turns up on Amazon: Flowerland


The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror: Advanced Dungeons and Dragons


The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror: Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Fantasy Adventure Module by E. Gary Gygax.

Publisher: TSR Hobbies Inc. (1983). 32-page booklet with an outer folder.

In this D&D module, the players can meet the Jabberwock, JubJub bird, Bandersnatch, and the Walrus and the Carpenter, and get involved in a giant game of chess. The White Knight becomes an iron golem riding an iron horse, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum are renamed T. Deeous and T. Diumm.

Available on Amazon: The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror: Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Fantasy Adventure Module – EX2, Adventure Module for Character Levels 9-12



Alice in Comicland

alice-in-comiclandAlice in Comicland by Craig Yoe, with an introduction by Mark Burstein (President of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America).

Published by IDW Publishing (15 May 2014).

Publishers’ blurb:

Alice like you’ve never seen her before! Some of the greatest comic book artists ever to put pen to paper tumble down the rabbit hole for their own unique look at Lewis Carroll’s famous creation! Walt Kelly, Alex Toth, Dan DeCarlo, George Carlson, MAD-men Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Davis, and Dave Berg, the Simon and Kirby Shop, the Walt Disney Studios, pioneering Yellow Kid creator R. F. Outcault, and many more visit Wonderland and write… draw!… home to tell about it! You’ll be astonished to see Alice gruesomely starring in the banned horror comic book stories of the 1950s, as the basis of a romance comic, riding on a flying saucer, meeting Santa Claus, as a teeny-bopper, hanging out with famous comic characters, going to the weird Monkey Island, looking like Alfred E. Neuman, selling out to pimp bread… and even have a sex change – TWICE! The fascinating – sometimes bizarre – comics, the rare original art, a special introduction by Mark Burstein, president of Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and a revealing foreword by the award-winning comics historian Craig Yoe make this book truly a wonder! Alice in Comicland will leave you grinning like the Cheshire cat!

There is some fantastic stuff in here, and it opens a whole new world of stuff to try and track down for my collection, but it’s frustrating not to have more of some of the editions included- sometimes it’s the whole story, sometimes just a cover.

What’s amazing is the spread of genres of comic that found inspiration in Alice, funny strips, superheroes, adventure stories, sci-fi… you name it.

Thanks to my lovely husband for the present.

This is what you get:

“Alice in Cartoonland” (a short story from 1916)
“Lewis Carroll: The Rev. Charles L. Dodgson” from It Really Happened #5 (Visual Editions)
“Through the Looking Glass” from World’s Greatest Stories #1 (Jubilee Publications)
“A Modern Alice in Wonderland” from Superman #41 (DC Comics)
“Alice in Terrorland” from Lost Worlds #5
“Alec in Fumbleland” from Puzzle-Fun #1 (George W. Dougherty Publishing Co.)
“Glory” (previously unpublished Walt Kelly piece)
“Mother’s Gooseberry Rinds” from Pogo Possum #10 (Dell)
“Alice on Monkey Island” (Pentagon Publishing)
“Through the Looking Glass!” The Thing #17 (Charlton)
“Archie in Wonderland!” Archie’s Madhouse #5 (Archie Comics)
“Alice in Flying Saucers” Alice #11 (Ziff-Davis)
“Little Max Meets `Alice in Wonderland'” Little Max Comics #69 (Harvey)
“Alice in Wonderland!” Mad #18 (EC)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Colouring Book


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Colouring Book, with original artwork by Tenniel and quotes by Carroll.

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books (24 Sept. 2015).

Colouring books are all the thing at the moment, and this one coincides with the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures.

From the publishers’ blurb:

The Macmillan Alice Colouring Book is a beautifully produced colouring book, with black line illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, taken from the original Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland andThrough the Looking-Glass, with added decoration and imagery to stimulate the imagination and soothe the mind, as you lose yourself in Wonderland.

This gorgeous colouring book, from the original publisher of Lewis Carroll’s beloved masterpiece, features all of Wonderland’s favourite characters, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen and of course Alice herself – just waiting to be brought to life with colour.

I remember colouring the pictures in my first edition of Alice as a child. I may well do it again with this…

On Amazon.





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