Absurdity is the real of children, according to some. But Lewis Carroll has shown different as Alice Adventure’s in Wonderland remains a classic and part of the “to be read in a lifetime” lists.
I never read Alice Adventure’s in Wonderland as a child, and I didn’t particularly like the Disney adaptation of the book either. That had nothing to do with the tale but mostly with the main character. Alice was a bit of a snobbish brat in my eyes, with her perfect girly outfit. I was the kind of child that liked Aladdin because he was a thief, and who tried to wield a sword the same way Mulan did. However, as I am an aspiring children’s book writer I decided that it was about time I read this classic children’s tale. And while reading, I ate every single word I had ever stated about it.
Alice Adventure’s in Wonderland is exactly what childhood should be like. A bit of bragging about your knowledge, a bit of fantasy, a bit of pure logic, and some magic. Combine all that and it is exactly what most young children act like. And because all adults were children once this book is completely relatable to older readers, making it hilarious to read to children or to read it yourself while sitting cozy on the couch.
As the childish charm of Lewis Carroll’s most famous work is most of it’s strenght this review can be relatively short. The book isn’t long, it can be read as an in-betweener between heavier books. As a lovely, sweet palate cleanser. And sometimes, that’s everything you need from heavy day-to-day life.
Alice Adventure’s in Wonderland
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, “and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?”‘ So begins the tale of Alice, following a curious White Rabbit down a rabbit-hole and falling into Wonderland. A fantastical place, where nothing is quite as it seems: animals talk, nonsensical characters confuse, Mad Hatter’s throw tea parties and the Queen plays croquet. Alice’s attempts to find her way home become increasingly bizarre, infuriating and amazing in turn. A beloved classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has continued to delight readers, young and old for over a century.
Lewis Carroll. Alice Adventure’s in Wonderland / Penguin Chalk / 9780147510983