Monday, January 12, 2009

Alice In Wonderland

Do you have a book from your childhood that you look back at with wonder and delight? I have several, I loved (and still do) Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, but the one book that I found the most magical and the one that really got my imagination rolling was Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland.

When I signed up for Young Readers Challenge and Celebrate The Author, I had an inkling that I would be (re)reading this book. I read it now, and my daughter will be reading it very soon, and I cannot wait to hear what she thinks of it. She has yet to watch the Disney movie, so I'm hoping that she will be blown away just like I was when I first read it. And then, we may rent the movie. Still thinking about it.

The book is a classic. You know that it's surreal, funny, confusing, but always entertaining. It's the story of a young girl who is bored with what her sister is doing and wonders off, only to fall in a rabbit hole, and discover a new land. In that new land she meets interesting characters, like the White Rabbit, Mad Hater, March hare, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, the Duchess and the Queen. She has these wonderful, albeit strange, adventures and when she thinks that end is near, she's waken up by her sister.

I don't know what else to say about this book, other that it's enchanting. It's a must read for everyone!

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (5/5) Classic Children Literature; Published: Macmillan (1865); 2009 100 + Reading Challenge (4); Celebrate The Author (1); Young Readers Challenge (1); Keeper Shelf;


Alicia said...

I've never read the book, and I'm so glad you brought it to my attn. Both of those carnivals sounds wonderful, too.

Carrie said...

This is one of my favorite books! Defintiely fun and whimsical. Frequently confusing. Downright fun. It's one of my favorite Disney animated films and I can't exactly say why. Something about this story is intriguing!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it!

Margot said...

Thanks for reminding me of this great classic. Mentioning the different characters brought a smile to my face and brought the story back to my spirit. I now have to reread it.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

It's been a long long time since I read this, and I wonder if my daughter's read it. I'll have to ask her.

If you decide to watch the movie after being fresh from the book, let me know if you want to write it up for Books on Screen.

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

You know, I've never read this. I think I've seen the Disney version once and thought it was unusual. I have a copy of the book on my shelf so I may pull it out soon as a read aloud with my almost-kindergartener. Thanks for the idea!