Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Mini Review: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Today's mini review fits in perfectly with 5 Minutes for Book's Children's Classics Carnival. I'm talking about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll which I reread.

I'm sure most people are familiar with the basic premise. One day Alice sees a White Rabit go by wearing a pocket watch. She decides to follow him, falls down his rabbit hole, and finds herself in the strange place of Wonderland. There, she grows and shrinks after eating stuff, meets a Caterpillar, goes to the strangest tea party she's ever been to, and runs afoul of the Queen of Hearts.

The book is silly fun. Adding to it are the nonesense poems by Lewis Carroll scattered throughout. I enjoyed most of it.

However, rereading it as an adult, I found parts of it slow and repetitive. Honestly, Alice spends too much time growing and shrinking and growing again. I was ready for her to move on to something different. I remember liking it as a kid, so I wonder if it bothered me back then. Either way, I enjoyed it for the most part this time around, too. Maybe I'm just being a little more picky.

4 comments:

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I agree. I read it in college maybe, and I didn't think that it was all I remembered it being. . . .

Mark said...

I'm planning to reread Through the Looking Glass here pretty soon. I'm curious to see what I think of it as an adult.

Deanna/ibeeeg said...

I read this book last December (I think). I did not like the story much as a kid (although never read the book) so I was surprised to find myself enjoy the read. I did wonder about the author though as the story is very odd.

Carrie said...

Absolutely a great book to pick. Have you read The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor? It's Alice and Wonderland revised a bit. =) Quite a fun series in and of itself.