Batman: Through the Looking Glass by Bruce Jones (Author) and Sam Kieth (Illustrator).
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.
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.
Little Master Carroll- Alice in Wonderland: A Color Primer by Jennifer Adams.
Artwork by Alison Oliver.
Published by Gibbs M. Smith Inc, 2012
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!
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.
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.
Alice’s Adventures in Curriculum Land by Edward Wakeling
Published by Bedfordshire Education Service, 1990
The book is a collection of photocopy-able sheets for use in classrooms- word games, crossword puzzles, logic problems, poems, art and design- loads of topics all explained by or using concepts from the Alice books.
The introductory page quotes the Mock Turtle explaining his schooling to Alice:
‘When we were little,’ the Mock Turtle went on at last, more calmly, though still sobbing a little now and then, ‘we went to school in the sea. The master was an old Turtle — we used to call him Tortoise — ‘
‘Why did you call him Tortoise, if he wasn’t one?’ Alice asked.
‘We called him Tortoise because he taught us,’ said the Mock Turtle angrily: ‘really you are very dull!’
‘You ought to be ashamed of yourself for asking such a simple question,’ added the Gryphon; and then they both sat silent and looked at poor Alice, who felt ready to sink into the earth.
Written to support an exhibition of some sort- I don’t know where or exactly what of…
Wakeling is a prolific Carrollian and ex-chairman of the Lewis Carroll Society (1982-1985).
I can’t find another copy of this on-line, but you can get Wakeling’s other books on Amazon: Wakeling