Book Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Title: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Short: Alice in Wonderland)

Author: Lewis Carroll, with illustrations by John Tenniel

Age Group: Young Readers, 8-12; Children’s Classic

   I was finally able to read this novel for the first time yesterday and it proved to be another one of those novels that I wished I could have read sooner. It’s truly brilliant and well surpasses that of it’s film and television spin off counterparts – as is usually the case when a novel is created as a visual.

   I think this is easily said, when you see all the movies and other visual media that has been created based off this novel in the years passed, they was always something missing about them. I can’t say I’ve ever come across a movie that I actually enjoyed – this is excluding the original animated version that Disney did back in 1951 as I have not yet seen that version. After reading the book I’ve been able to put my finger on exactly what’s been missing; simplistic nonsense.

   Alice in Wonderland is filled with imagination, adventure, and just plain nonsense – and this is quite possibly the best part about it. The movies tend to be a bit dark and steer away from the overall basis of the story, and that’s all this was; a literal story. Charles Dodgson (better know by his pen name, Lewis Carroll) told this story to three girls who he looked after; Alice, the middle aged of the three sisters, is who the story is named after. Alice enjoyed the story so much that she asked Charles to write it down – and thus began the making of the manuscript. This is why the plot seems nonsensical, because the best stories are the ones that are made up on the spot, and all the films seem to look past this one very important feature.

   Another thing that makes the original story jump out so much from some of the visuals is that the book doesn’t delay in getting to the point. There’s no three or four chapter build up – you’re practically down the rabbit hole from chapter one, and this is great. Personally I love nothing better than a story with no delay.

   Alice makes a fantastic children’s classic, and good reading for children aged 8-12, and I think it’s something that every child should read at least once in their life. It’s very thrilling and for younger children could make a very enjoyable parent-child read at bedtime.

   I believe that this novel has bought with it a fair bit of controversy in the past based on the Queen enjoying her fair share of beheading, but in fairness there are worse things that children see visually and no doubt on a daily basis. The most important thing to remember is that this is just a bit of fun fiction and as long as you can keep that in mind, you’ll love it too.

   Personally, I rated this 4/5 stars.

Until next time, keep turning those pages.

xx Phoenix

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