Genre: Children's Fantasy
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Series: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland #1
One day, a young girl named Alice is sitting on the riverbank with her sister, when she sees a curious looking white rabbit. She soon after falls into the magical world of Wonderland, where she meets a series of strange creatures.
I never read Alice In Wonderland as a child, but did watch the movie several times. The movie always weirded me out a bit as a kid, because it's just so crazy. This book is just as crazy, but I enjoyed it all the same.
The story follows Alice as she watches her sister read a book for lessons, only to see a white rabbit hop past in a waistcoat with a pocket watch, exclaiming that he is late. Intrigued by this peculiar sight, Alice sets off after him, following him down a rabbit hole. But this isn't an ordinary rabbit hole - it seems to be miles long and filled with cupboards, bookshelves, and chairs. At the bottom, she is greeted with a strange room, where the door leading to a beautiful garden is far to small for Alice to get through. She finds a glass labelled 'drink me' which causes her to shrink down to just three inches tall - the perfect height for the door. There's just one problem, she left the key on the table! Never fear, there is cake labeled 'eat me', only problem is Alice is now nearly too big for the room! And so the story goes on, following Alice's adventures in a strange land where she meets a caterpillar, a Chesire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, a Doormouse, the King and Queen of Hearts, and the Duchess. Wonderland seems to be a crazy place, and Alice is in for a lot of weird and wonderful!
Prior to reading this in November, I only ever knew the story from the Disney adaptation, so it was great to be able to go back and read the original story. It was such a weird adventure and Lewis Carroll's writing style is certainly different, but it worked with this story.
I have to admit though, the story jumps between scenarios and is all over the place. I struggled to get into the story at the beginning because events would just seem to happen without any explanation. I know this is a children's' story, but I feel like even they would have trouble keeping up with the story.
Overall, I did enjoy the story despite it's writing style. I hope to read Through The Looking Glass next month, which I'm excited about. If you are into whimsical stories, then definitely give this book a go if you too had a deprived childhood and didn't read it.