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The Wonderland Alphabet: Alice's Adventures Through the ABCs & What She Found There Board book – June 20, 2012

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Gr 3 Up-Some books do not belong in board-book format and this wonderful volume is a prime example. The verses linked to each letter of the alphabet refer to elements in the beloved books by Lewis Carroll, but those books are well beyond the ken of board-book audiences. Here's a small sample of the sort of vocabulary Kontis uses in her text: "compliant," "deciphered," "guile," and "hindrance." While the verses and illustrations display sophisticated wit, it is not the sort of humor that sends two-year-olds into fits of giggles, and those who would enjoy the book won't touch it. Altogether, this is the sort of production to make us wonder, "What were they thinking?"-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment; Brdbk edition (June 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936393867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393862
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 27, 2012
Format: Board book
While I appreciate and admire the illustrations done for "Alice's Adventures" and "...Looking Glass" by John Tenniel, they have always struck me as a bit severe, dark and dense for a modern kid reader. The beauty of "The Wonderland Alphabet" is that the illustrations retain the formal look, style and elegant presence of Tenniel's illustrations, while managing to be a bit brighter, cheerier, sillier and more accessible. I don't necessarily see every child being "delighted" by Tenniel, but I can see a youngster being enchanted by some of the drawings in this book.

Further, while familiarity with the entire Alice world is certainly a plus in understanding and appreciating all of the alphabet entries, that's not essential to enjoying the book. Even if you don't really remember the Knave of Hearts, his entry, (under "K", which is an interesting choice for an alphabet book), is still amusing and engagingly drawn.

So, while this might be a bit of a challenge as an actual alphabet book, it is definitely a very attractive illustrated story book, and would be a great companion for an Alice book.

Please note that I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a frank review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KarmaBites on November 18, 2012
Format: Board book
This was very difficult to rate. The artwork is wonderful and incorporating snippets from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" was a brilliant concept. THE WONDERLAND ALPHABET would certainly be appreciated by a child who has a rudimentary grasp of the alphabet and is familiar with Alice's story. However, there is too much in this book which would be beyond a child just learning her ABCs (which is why I originally tried this).

Most letters were not distinctive enough (especially when neutral colors were used or competed with the other illustrations) to capture and stay in a young child's mind, reducing the learning value. Having only one example of the applicable letter on each page without any repeat seemed to undermine the lesson/focus of each letter (it tended to get lost in the rest of the text).

I also wondered about some of the word choices and text for certain letters. For example, bit of a bummer to note that Humpty Dumpty "awaited his death". And I thought "Knave" was not the best choice for the letter K; it was the wrong sound and too adult a word (plus, my child immediately focused on the pie in the knave's hand ^_^).

Lastly, the text in different font and location, while creative and fun, did not make for the smoothest reading (at least the first time) and would not be too functional for a slightly older child learning to read on her own.

* ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of the publisher/the author, without any obligation to finish reading a title or write a review.
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Oh why couldn't this book have been published 30 years ago so I could have read it and owned it and loved it and re-read it as a child? I would have adored this book! It's inspired by Alice in Wonderland (which, of course, is infinitely inspirational as it has sparked the imagination of children and artists alike for generations) but it's an alphabet book that can be shared with even very young children. The illustrations are lush and gorgeous and remind me of books that would have been popular a hundred years ago (or so I imagine) with flower details and elegant colours. I love it so much!

It's also perfect for my daughter, Magda, who is fascinated with the story and the character of Alice but is, at three, a little young for the book (we read chapter books to her, but Alice in Wonderland is a bit long and complicated and doesn't have as many pictures as other books we've read her). I've been looking for a preschool book inspired by Lewis Carroll (besides the Disney version) and it's been harder than I thought. But this ABC book is quite a hit! Sure, it's not a story book, but it is intriguing and rich nonetheless.

I can't wait to buy the text version. I'm imagining it smells like flowers (don't hold me to that).

Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ursiform VINE VOICE on October 27, 2012
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Building an alphabet on Alice's Adventures is a clever idea, and the verses and artwork are well done. It's easy to see why this book appeals to adults. But let's consider for a moment the beginning reader.

"Getting" the verses relies on knowing the Alice story, but that's not a story for beginning readers. There are treatments for younger children, and reading one of them to a child before tackling this book is likely to help.

The varying fonts, text block placements, and winding text are appealing to adults, but could be confusing to the beginning reader. You might want to trace as you read.

Finally, associating "k" with the Knave associates the letter with the "n" sound rather than the hard "k" sound. An interesting choice ...

I don't want to imply that this isn't a clever book, because it is. But I see challenges for the beginning reader. So I suggest reading it in advance and planning your strategy.

I was provided a copy for review by the publisher.
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