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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.

 

 

27
Oct
19

Alice’s Wonderful Adventures in Africa

2940014111812_p0_v1_s550x406Alice’s Wonderful Adventures in Africa written and illustrated by Erin Taylor.

Paperback with full colour illustrations on all 48 pages.
Independently published (31 Aug. 2019)

ISBN-10: 1689596376
ISBN-13: 978-1689596374

Retelling of Alice in an African setting: the Dodo becomes a hornbill, the Cheshire Cat is a serval and instead of being asked why a Raven is like a Writing Desk, we are asked to ponder why a hyena is like a baobab tree. The Dormouse’s story is now about Anansi and Onini the python.

From the blurb:

An African retelling of the classic Wonderland story. Join Alice as she follows the white rabbit down the tunnel under the acacia tree!

Available as paperback or on Kindle from Amazon.

27
Oct
19

The Economist: Twitterdum and Twaddledee

The Economist: Twitterdum and Twaddledee.

September 28th-October 4th 2019 edition. Cover depicts Trump and Johnson as Tweedledum and Tweedledee with Elizabeth II as the Queen of Hearts.

Features short articles on Trump’s possible impeachment (Twitterdum) and Johnson’s Westminster woes (Twaddledee):

No British institution is any longer immune to the Brexit virus. On September 24th the Supreme Court ruled that the queen herself had been led to act unlawfully when her prime minister, Boris Johnson, advised her to suspend Parliament in the run-up to Britain’s departure from the European Union (see article). Unanimous, the judges ruled that the government had not provided “any reason—let alone a good reason” for this intrusion on “the fundamentals of democracy”. The very next day MPs returned to work triumphant.

Available in newsagents or via The Ecomomist’s website.

24
Sep
19

Alice Disney Heroes Card

Alice Disney Heroes Card from Sainsbury.

2019 giveaway by the supermarket, who say:

There are a total of 144 Heroes cards including 36 special edition cards.

So I’m very lucky that my lovely nephew Owen had a duplicate of Alice and decided to give it to me. Thanks Owen!

From Sainsbury’s website:

Running from the 21st August until 2nd October, the campaign will bring Disney, Pixar, Star Wars™ and Marvel heroes together.  Customers will be able to get their hands on an exclusive collectors album along with 144 cards all based on characters from the stories

Based around the theme of ‘unlock the hero in you’, the album and cards are packed full of facts, games and challenges ranging from Eating Well, and Getting Active and Being Smart to Expressing Yourself, Doing Good and Teaming Up to help keep children entertained and active over the summer.  Each challenge is associated with a different Disney Hero – from Marvel’s Incredible Hulk helping children eat well and Pixar’s The Incredibles showing how you can get active.

The albums will be on sale for £2.50 with two free card packs being given to get people’s collection started. Customers will also receive one free pack of four cards for every £10 they spend in store or online and for those wanting to expand their collection, booster trading card packs will be available for 50p.  To encourage healthier eating, an extra pack is also up for grabs when customers purchase Sainsbury’s Mini Easy Peelers, mini bananas, mini apples or mini pears*, to help encourage eating well. Sainsbury’s Travel Money Bureaus will also be offering one free pack of trading cards for every £100 spent. 

Cards can be traded and swapped with other children to help complete the set.  In addition, there are some special effect cards that sparkle, glow in the dark, and have a secret picture beneath a rub-away surface.

Mark Given, Chief Marketing Officer, Sainsbury’s, said: “This incredible collaboration is bringing the world of Disney Heroes to Sainsbury’s stores for the first time via these special albums and cards.  We can’t wait to see collectors make their own fruit-inspired lightsaber, dance like Groot, or find the glittering Elsa card.  We’re proud to showcase through this campaign that being a hero is not just about being strong and fast, but about being kind, working with others, being expressive, and being smart.”

The Disney Heroes campaign at Sainsbury’s runs until the 2nd October 2019.

The Alice card has a heat sensitive portion on the rose and iris, which change from black to coloured with the heat of a finger rubbed over the area.

16
Aug
19

Alitji in the Dreamtime

Alitji in the Dreamtime: a re-telling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland story by Nancy Sheppard using Australian Aborigine language and imagery: the white rabbit has become a kangaroo and the dormouse is now a koala.

The story is told in the Pitjantjatjara language of Central Australia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitjantjatjara) and is back-translated into English alongside.

The illustrations by Byron Sewell are rather beautifully printed in brown ink: far more elegant than black, especially on the grey-brown of the paper.

Published in 1975 by the University of Adelaide, and available from various sellers on Amazon: Alitji on Amazon

More equivalences:

  • the fan becomes a woomera
  • the caterpillar becomes a witchety grub
  • the Duchess becomes the Spirit of the North Wind
  • the Mad Hatter and the March Hare become a Stockman and a Horse
  • Croquet is played with storks and echindnas

I think this is one of my favourite alternative Alice stories: the tale is well told, the rhymes and verses stand up well and the illustrations are beautiful. It works well as a book on its own merits, and it adds dimensions to the original story. Recommended.

16
Aug
19

Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll: illustrated by Leonard Weisgard.

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York, 1949.

Cover: grey and white illustrated boards. Full of really beautiful colour illustrations: I love these.

Leonard Weisgard (December 13, 1916-January 14, 2000) was an award-winning illustrator of over200 children’s books. On accepting the Caldecott Medal in 1948, he said:

“There are times in illustrating when the artist of today must rub his nose against the reality of things and try to catch with the honesty of a child a yellow sun like a pat of butter in the sky, with clouds of cottage cheese and the smoke of boats flying in all directions, with no concern for north or east. Houses with windows gaping and people like raisins on the street, a fire engine tearing off the page and a policeman stopping everything.”

Check out the website about him here.

Sometimes available on amazon: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass … With illustrations by Leonard Weisgard




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