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17
Feb
20

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground: Royal Opera House

 

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground: Royal Opera House programme.

From the 2020 production of the one-act opera by Gerald Barry.

The opera lasts less than an hour, and the 54 parts are sung by a cast of only seven.

From the Opera House site:

Fun, furious, frantic, and utterly fantastic! The surreal world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice, both in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, is given an extra twist in Gerald Barry’s operatic treatment. At less than an hour for the whole opera, this short, sharp shot of mayhem is ideal as a family treat. Antony McDonald (of 2018/19’s Hansel and Gretel) directs and designs this new production – the first ever staging of this musically virtuoso opera – with more than a touch of the Victorian toy theatre. The Red Queen, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter: meet a kaleidoscope of colourful characters in this joyful, headlong rush into a world gone deliciously mad.

Five star review in the Guardian: Alice’s Adventures Under Ground review – brilliant in every surreal detail.

 

17
Dec
19

Alice in Kanjiland

Alice in Kanjiland by Cure Dolly

Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform from 2017

ISBN-10: 1973719053
ISBN-13: 978-1973719052

Blurb:

This book combines the cute and crazy world of Alice in Wonderland with a scientific method of learning (SRS) to introduce you to a wide range of basic kanji (all first-year Japanese school kanji, all JLPT N5 kanji).

You’ll learn how kanji are constructed, how they fit together to make bigger words, how they are pronounced, and much more, in a form that makes them uniquely memorable—a story in which the kanji themselves are characters and adventures.

Cure Dolly’s website here, with a link to extracts from the book.

Available via Amazon.

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.

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.

21
Feb
19

Oedipus in Disneyland

Oedipus in Disneyland: Queen Victoria’s reincarnation as Superman by Hercules Molloy.

Published by Paranoid Press, 1972.

Paperback.

I can’t pretend I’ve read this- I only bought it yesterday after all- but on skimming it seems to be a (badly written) cross between a Freudian nightmare and a Foucault’s Pendulum conspiracy theory horror story.

I’ve found a couple of reviews on-line- one from Angtime:

But nothing, nothing, nothing in the world will mess your head up more than “Oedipus in Disneyland” by Hercules Molloy. I have a first edition, for the simple fact that it never made it to a second. The title, snappy as it is, gives one only a small glimpse as to its range. The subtitle: “Queen Victoria’s reincarnation as Superman”, while also intriguing, is likewise only part of the tale. What will melt your mind is Clark Kent, unaware of his destiny, sitting alone in a Mexican jail cell, reading “Alice in Wonderland” and providing a subtextual play-by-play. Copies are hard to come by, not surprisingly, but a google search turned up one review that began with the words “It is positively disgusting….” And one webpage that just had some keywords: Classics-Alice-Wonderland-Kent-Clark-Dirty-Sex-Superman-Bad-Words which I think surmises it pretty well.

…and one from the International Journal of Social Psychiatry:

There’s also an amusing review/article here.

I think I’ll stick to skimming it!

Available via Amazon: Oedipus in Disneyland




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