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Alicia in Blunderland

scan0001Alicia in Blunderland by Peter Schuyler Miller. Introduction by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach.

Small hardback with dustjacket, Published by Oswald Train, 1983. First edition. Number 112 of 500.

Dust jacket art by Stephen E. Fabian.

P. Schuyler Miller (1912-1974) was an American critic and science fiction writer. In 1933 he wrote Alicia in Blunderland: publishing it serially in Science Fiction Digest magazine under the byline ‘Nihil”. This book brings the episodes together in a limited format along with an introduction by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach (1910-2003), another American SciFi writer.

Alicia meets characters and writers of science fiction of the period.

Bought in Marchpane Books, Cecil Court.

Available on Amazon: Alicia in Blunderland


Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek:  Sunbeam Toy Books 2nd Series.

Published by F. Warne & Co.

Elsie goes into the woods to play Hide and Seek, where she meets Alice, Tweedledum and Tweedledee.


Batman: Through the Looking Glass

Batman: Through the Looking Glass by Bruce Jones (Author) and Sam Kieth (Illustrator).

ISBN-13: 978-1781160206

Published by Titan Books, 2012.

Hardback with dustjacket. First edition.

Bruce Jones has written The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man and is currently working on Vigilante. Sam Kieth drew the first five issues of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and went on to create his own comic series called The Maxx.

Publisher’s blurb:

In this original graphic novel, Batman meets his foe The Mad Hatter for the very first time – landing The Dark Knight in a Won-derland he could never have imagined, hot on the heels of a white rabbit. But is this strange place real, or a hallucination? Robinand Alfred have to believe he’s deep in delirium – but if that’s the case, how does he manage to resolve several mysteries that have plagued Gotham City for decades.

This fantastic tale is spun by renowned comics writer Bruce Jones (THE INCREDIBLE HULK) with surreal art by Sam Kieth(THE MAXX, BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM – MADNESS, LOBO).

Wonderland influenced characters include Celia, Claude Lapin Blanc, Jimmie Cheshire, Dunphrey and Denham Tweedle and Judge Hart.

Reviews seem generally unpromising, but it does seem to be a love it or hate it sort of book.

Available on Amazon: Batman – Through the Looking Glass


Little Master Carroll- Alice in Wonderland: A Color Primer

Little Master Carroll- Alice in Wonderland: A Color Primer by Jennifer Adams.

Artwork by Alison Oliver.

Published by Gibbs M. Smith Inc, 2012

ISBN: 978-1423624776

First edition.

Board book aimed at the very young, which somehow manages to capture the spirit of Alice in twenty words. The pictures help- they’re charming. She’s also done Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice- I’m very curious to see those…

Jennifer Adams apparently works as a senior editor for Gibbs Smith, who published her book. It’s certainly tightly edited!

Alison Oliver has a website where you can see some of the pictures from the book.

Available on Little Master Carroll: Alice in Wonderland: A Color Primer (BabyLit)


Larry in Wonderland

Larry in Wonderland: A Pearls Before Swine Collection by Stephan Pastis.

Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing (4 Oct 2011).

ISBN-10: 1449408176


Stephan Pastis has his own wordpress blog over at , and there’s an interview with him here.

He’s a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and of the UCLA School of Law, and worked as a lawyer before switching to his new career path. I must admit I’d never heard of him or of his series before discovering this, but I look forward to reading it.

From the publisher’s blurb:

Stephan Pastis offers Pearls Before Swine fans a visit to the other side of the looking glass with his latest collection, Larry in Wonderland. Collecting almost a year’s worth of strips, Larry in Wonderland offers cutting-edge commentary on recent news events, popular culture, and cartoon-page contemporaries, and imparts the knowledge that in Wonderland, crocodiles taste a lot like chicken.

Through Pastis’s mindful menagerie of characters, including the Mad Ducker, Cheshire Snuffles, Tweedledum Pig, and Tweedledee Idiot Pig, along with Raterpillar, Zebra, and Larry the Croc, Pearls Before Swineexpertly illustrates the flaws and shortcomings of human nature, while remaining “indifferent” to conventional cartoon molds such as plotline “continuity.” In the words of Raterpillar, “Plotline schmotline.”

With multiple honors as Best Comic Strip of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society, and an international fan base that follows the strip’s appearance in more than 600 newspapers worldwide, Pearls Before Swinetransports readers to a world of shifting perspectives and alternate realities, like the one presented insideLarry in Wonderland.

You can get it on Amazon: Larry in Wonderland: A Pearls Before Swine Collection


Allies in Wilhelmsland

Allies in Wilhelmsland by J.G.R.H. & C.T. (with apologies to “Alice in Wonderland”)

Published by ‘s.n’ in 1914- printed by Ford and Co.

J.G.R.H. is J.G. Russell Harvey and C.T. is Charles (or Charlie) Thomas: between them they seem to have written several wartime verse spoofs including Rhymes of the Times for War Babies of all Ages.

The included verses originally appeared in ‘The Bristol Times and Mirror’ and ‘The Western Daily Press”.

The book is really a pamphlet of 12 pages with parodies of some of the poems from Wonderland: all poking fun at the Kaiser.

Really tatty copy- all the pages are loose and the cover is in two pieces, but it’s the only one I’ve been able to find.

Notes on the text read:

Deutschland unter Alles.

“Sold for the benefit of the Belgian Refugees’ Relief Fund”

“The authors, J.G. Russell Harvey and Charles Thomas are much indebted to Messrs. A.W. Ford & Co., Ltd. Bristol, for printing this booklet at a purely nominal cost”


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

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