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28
Dec
16

Looking Glass Girl

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Looking Glass Girl by Cathy Cassidy.

Hardback first edition, with dust-jacket. Published by Puffin (2 April 2015). Also available in paperback and on Kindle.

272 pages: aimed at 9-13 year olds.

Cathy Cassidy (born 13 June 1962) is a British author of young adult fiction and has written over 20 books.

From the publisher:

Get ready to fall down the rabbit hole all over again with Looking-Glass Girl.
Alice is thrilled when Savannah invites her to a Wonderland-themed sleepover; she’s wanted to join this circle of friends for so long. Finally, she’s fitting in. But an accident suddenly changes everything and Alice is rushed to hospital.

As her friends and family rally round, a mystery begins to unravel. Was Alice pushed, and why? Who would want to hurt her? Can her loved ones – and the gorgeous boy who doesn’t want to leave her side – help Alice survive?

Looking Glass Girl is the stunning new book from Cathy Cassidy, an unforgettable tale of friendship and love from one of the UK’s best-loved authors.

On Amazon for around £12.

28
Dec
16

Alys Fach

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Alys Fach: by Luned Whelan.

Children’s board book, in Welsh. Ten pages with pullout tabs animating the action.

Published by Rily (3 Dec. 2015).

ISBN: 978-1849672474

Available for around a fiver on Amazon.

23
Dec
16

wonderland authority customs and immigration card

fullsizerender-1Wonderland Authority Customs and Immigration Card.

Card given out at the 2015 production of Alice’s Adventures Underground.

The production was staged in the Vaults underneath Waterloo Station, and it’s back on for 2017:

“There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of Wonder, Mystery and Danger”

Lewis Carroll, 1865

Les Enfants Terribles invite you to that very place with Alice’s Adventures Underground. Only it’s not just Alice’s adventure, it’s yours…

In the Vaults deep underneath Waterloo Station discover Wonderland in all its nonsensical glory. Journey down the rabbit hole to gorge on cakes that will have you bumping your head on the ceiling, smoke a pipe with the Caterpillar as he tells you his psychedelic tale and take tea with the maddest of Hatters; all whilst trying to avoid losing your head at the hands of the fearsome Queen of Hearts.

Following the huge success and the Oliver Award nomination of the initial run in 2015, the show will return in all it’s glory! Staged in the atmospheric Vaults underneath Waterloo station, Alice’s Adventures Underground creates Wonderland as a fully formed world that blends storytelling, live music, puppetry, circus and spectacle. Invited down the rabbit hole in intimate groups, each audience member will be presented with a choice of EAT ME or DRINK ME, which will affect the way their show will unfold…

Make your choice and find yourself at the center of the story as you wander through Wonderland, piecing together the puzzle to search for Alice who is lost in the looking glass.

Experience immersion like never before in this interactive, puppetry-packed, fusion of storytelling, music, circus and spectacle.

It’s grfullsizerender-2eat fun- I did it twice, once following ‘Eat Me’, and once ‘Drink Me’, but as you’re also split into groups by suit, I’m still not sure I saw everything.

It was an amazing setting too, and the themed cocktails at the end were expensive but fun.
The card gave admission for four to the bar until the end of the run. Maybe it’ll even work for the new season…

The website is cool. Check it out here.

23
Dec
16

Alice in Wonderland: GAF Talking View-Master Reels

fullsizerenderAlice in Wonderland: GAF Talking View-Master Reels.

Three reels for the view-master, plus a small book telling the story of Alice, all in a plastic tray with a cardboard sleeve.

View-Masters are stereoscopes which work by inserting the reels- thin cardboard disks containing pairs of photos- into a slot on top of the device. Looking though the View-Master gives a 3D effect.

The View-Master was first produced in 1939, and the first ‘talking’ versions were released in 1970. Judging by the photos on the back of the packaging, they were cumbersome beasts.

There’s a YouTube video showing the Alice reels (no 3D, obviously) here.

29
May
16

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.

 

 

 

29
May
16

Grabberwocky

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

02
Mar
16

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.

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Occasionally available on Amazon




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