Friday, February 19, 2010

Mini Review: Alice Through the Needle's Eye

Yep, another book for the Alice in Wonderland Challenge. How did you guess?

I'd actually read Alice Through the Needle's Eye by Gilbert Adair back when it first came out in the 80's. I spotted it on the library shelf not too long after I had read the two Lewis Carroll volumes.

In this adventure, Alice is attempting to thread a needle when she spies a new world through its eye. Before she knows it, she is tumbling into an A pile that at first she mistakes for hay. And that's just the start of a new round of crazy adventures that follow the alphabet.

Even rereading it as an adult, I'm sure I miss some of the alphabet connections. But I still enjoy the book for the silliness and the word play scattered throughout.

There are some nonesense poems and wacky new characters. There are even references to both of Lewis Carroll's Alice books.

This book was very lovingly done. Even the illustrations were done in the style of the classic Alice illustrations.

This book appears to be long out of print, and the LA County Library only has one copy, so it will be hard to track down. But it is completely worth the effort.

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