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The Real Alice in Wonderland: A Role Model for the Ages Hardcover – March 2, 2010
An Action-Packed Retelling of a Classic
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. Hardcover | Kindle book
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(Robbie Flowers Voya Magazine)
The Real Alice in Wonderland is simply lovely. The juxtaposed pictures of everything—from Oxford’s scenery to pictures of Alice to a host of story illustrations—captivate readers and drive the storyline. This is a wonderful treatment of a biography and the format makes it widely accessible. Robbie Flowers - Voya Magazine
Filled with photographs, original artwork, archival material, and set against richly designed pages, this is a browser’s delight that gives both a sense of the times as well as a look at its subjects. Ilene Cooper - Booklist
Filled with new and archival photos of locations integral to their lives, letters from Dodgson to Alice (and vice versa), much of the art and artistry that inspired and/or became part of the Wonderland universe, and much more, the book manages to not only share this grand adventure, but take you along for the ride as well. - Marc Eastman - "Are You Screaming?"
What does it mean to inspire? In the Victorian age, when few children escaped tradition, Alice Pleasance Liddell inspired the greatest children’s story of all time, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This book brought Alice and Lewis Carroll together for their lifetimes and forever. The story behind the story is a rich history of a very creative, curious, and magnetic young girl who grew up to become a cultural icon and one of the most celebrated women of the last 100 years. It is a story of love, tragedy, duty, courage and loyalty to family and country that will surprise and deeply move you. It will make you think again about what it means to inspire.
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Coffee table books can be beautiful and informative, but I was still rather disappointed. If I have a positive thing to say is that I have read so much about Alice Liddell now that I have not read anywhere else. However, some of the details I know are wrong so I don't know how reliable this information is (for instance, Dean Liddell inspired the White Rabbit and used a "rabbit-hole" staircase is inaccurate; the staircase wasn't even made until after the book was published. Mary Prickett was suspected to have inspired the Red Queen, NOT the Queen of Hearts. Well, I can nitpick for ages). I don't think they can represent Alice correctly when I know they're representing Mr. Dodgson incorrectly (I'm still annoyed by the phrase "awkward don"). The only helpful thing from this book is its bibliography which I hope to find better citations from.
I have the impression coffee table books are supposed to look...good. This looks like it was put together by an amateur. The arrangement of the pictures are sometimes downright awful. There's a lot of Victorian, flowery nonsense inserted as well. On one page, a rose even covers a word of text. Some of the pictures are even pixellated. Someone has tried to cut out the background of pictures lazily and it looks awful. A basic rule of text in graphic design is to make text readable and only use "cursive" text as an accent. For the most part, it's readable but they do use the cursive text too much. I find myself annoyed trying to read that font. The formatting of the text could be better as well.Read more ›
Mother and daughter co-authors C.M. Rubin and Gabriella Rubin bring their informed admiration of Alice Liddell to "The Real Alice in Wonderland:a role model for the ages". Bursting with pictures, Alice's life is lovingly chronicled. Journey through her early days in Victorian-era Oxford to her joy at a private premiere screening of the first "Alice" film in 1930. Nice inclusions are photos of Alice Liddell's gravesite, her impassioned correspondence with Prince Leopold, and life with husband Regi Hargreaves. Section on "Alice the Humanitarian" shows her influence reaching beyond Wonderland. Concluding with an amazing full page photo of an elderly Alice Liddell with the two books she inspired, her twinkling eyes and proud smile are every bit "Alice in Wonderland". Not much is made of the Dodgson controversy.
At first glance it's gorgeous. Assembled as a scrapbook, "The Real Alice" is a nice nod to the popularity of scrap-booking during the era of Alice's childhood. Notable photos from Alice Liddell's life are layered with Victorian ephemera, famous illustrations, and quotes. Unfortunately, many of the more modern location photos are extremely dark and of poor quality. Several selections (cut outs) on pictures/ephemera are poorly executed. White cut out lines are visible and do not appear intentional. Strangely, an entire page is devoted to an album cover by Jewel? Appears more advertisement than "Alice" homage. Family snapshots of the authors visiting historical Alice sites show love for their subject and add a personal touch, yet are too unpolished for inclusion. Several pages are printed in a hard to read scripted font. All this surprising given Art/designer Deborah Frano's credentials..Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of wonderful photos. Book in great condition. Good coffee table book!Published 13 months ago by Susan Hill
An amazing gift for any Alice fan. Photos were bright and colorful. The book can be a little heavy for kids but they'll love it anyway.Published on December 11, 2013 by Alicefan
We all love Alice in our house. The book is filled with beautiful pictures and good reading about Alice's whole life.Published on June 13, 2013 by thirtydayprincess
This is an outstanding book as a written narrative as well as beautifully illustrated. The text is informative and enlightening. The photography takes one right to the scene. Read morePublished on August 11, 2010 by MaryS
I've read just about all of the material/biographies of Alice Pleasance Hargreaves (nee Liddell) that are out there and this book really doesn't cover much new territory as far as... Read morePublished on June 17, 2010 by Bow or Stroke oar
You probably know who Alice in Wonderland is, but if you follow me down into the rabbit hole, you'll get to know the real Alice in this book. Read morePublished on May 29, 2010
"The Real Alice in Wonderland" achieves a rare and appealing excellence in literature! Bravo to the author!Published on April 5, 2010 by Matthew Schoenwald