Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice Adventure’s in Wonderland: Alice in Wonderland is the story about a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole while chasing a White rabbit with a pocket watch and ends up in the weird, silly, and whimsical world of Wonderland where she meets up with a variety of characters from the Cheshire Cat, The Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter & March Hare, the Mock Turtle, a Hookah-smoking rude Caterpillar and more. Will she be able to find her way home? The only answer is to read on for yourself and find out.

Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There: In Alice’s second and final trip to Wonderland, she stumbles back into the realm of the silly through a Looking-Glass mirror where she encounters talking flowers, Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum, and many other weird creatures. If you want to know what happens next, be sure to read this for yourself.

What makes Alice in Wonderland such a great children’s book is that it’s not so fanciful at all. It operates in a child’s world: it involves cats and cards and croquet – things a kid is intimately familiar with, depicted in the sort of heightened way a kid is likely to be doing in her head already. It has a child’s preoccupation with size: with miniature things and bigger things. Lewis Carroll understands perfectly what the world looks like to a child.

Both of these stories are best read one after the other as some of the characters you thought were in the first story are actually in the second one. They were both silly, weird and whimsical as well as reminded me of the Disney animated film and a 1999 film version that I saw starring Gene Wilder in it that were pretty good. This was my first time reading them both and all I can say is “They made me go curiouser and curiouser.”

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