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ArchEnemy by Frank Beddor. Cover art by Vance Kovacs.

Third part of the Looking Glass Wars trilogy.

Published by Dial Books (part of Penguin), 2009.

ISBN: 9780803731561

Hardback first edition with dustjacket.

The premise of the series is that the books as written by Lewis Carroll are a distortion of the ‘true events’. Alyss Heart (Alice Liddell) is actually the Princess of Wonderland: forced to flee to the real world when her sociopathic Aunt Redd takes over the throne. The white rabbit becomes Alyss’s (Alice’s) tutor, Bibwit Harte (an anagram), and the Mad Hatter is Hatter Madigan, the royal bodyguard.

From the publisher’s blurb:

Discover the fate of Wonderland- and imagination itself- in this riveting conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy.

The Heart Crystal’s power has been depleted, and Imagination along with it. The people of Wonderland have all lost their creative drive, and most alarmingly, even Queen Alyss is without her powers. There is some comfort in the fact that the vicious Redd Heart seems to be similarly disabled. Amazingly, she is attempting to team up with her enemy, Alyss, in order to reclaim Wonderland from King Arch. Alyss might have no choice but to accept Redd’s overtures, especially when she begins to receive alarming advice from the caterpillar oracles.

I’m not overly keen on this series: the writing style isn’t to my taste, but they seem to be hugely popular, and I believe that a film is planned…

Available on Amazon: ArchEnemy (Looking Glass Wars)


Illustrated by Alison Jay

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: illustrated by Alison Jay.

ISBN-10: 0803729405

2006, 2nd edition hardback with dustjacket.

Published by Dial Books for Young Readers: a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Alison Jay was born in Hertfordshire, grew up in Derbyshire and studied at the London College of Printing, where she gained a First Class Honours degree. After graduating she worked in animation before starting to get commissions in advertising and packaging. (She illustrated a range of baby products for Crabtree and Evelyn: I love their stuff.)

Her first picture book was published in 1998, and since then she has produced a wide range of books including ‘Picture This’, ‘William and the Night Train’,’The Race’, ‘ABC Alphabet’ and ‘Welcome to the Zoo’.

She works with a quick drying oil which along with a specialist varnish, gives her pictures their distinctive craquelure.

From the publisher’s blurb:

Alison Jay has long wanted to bring her own perspective to the story. Now she shows us an exhilarating Wonderland, where Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and all the rest are playfully quirky and adorably fanciful. With the complete, unabridged text and glowing full-colour illustrations on nearly every page, this lavish edition is the perfect introduction to the novel – and an elegant gift for those who are already Lewis Carroll fans.

Available on Amazon: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


Princess Alyss of Wonderland

Princess Alyss of Wonderland by Frank Beddor.

Artists: Catia Chien and Vance Kovacs.

Published by Dial Books, 2007.

First edition hardback.

ISBN: 978-0803732513

This is rather a cute thing- designed as a scrap-book, with flaps to lift and envelopes to open and maps to unfold. It covers the same ground as The Looking Glass Wars: the adventures of Alyss Heart after leaving Wonderland.

Synopsis from the publisher:

Enter the exciting world of the real Alyss of Wonderland! Behold the stunning proof that the fictitious little girl you have known as Alice was actually a very real little princess named Alyss. Assembled in this scrapbook are the collected letters, journals, and art of the princess who fled her world of wonder only to find herself alone in our world with nothing but her imagination to sustain her. Lavishly illustrated and fully interactive, this book will captivate and delight princess enthusiasts and fans of the original Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

On amazon: Princess Alyss of Wonderland

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