Book Review by Aarene Storms

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wonderland by Tommy Kovac, illustrated by Sonny Liew

Wonderland has never recovered from Alice's visit and the housemaid Mary Ann is still being mistaken for "the Monster Alice." In this splendid graphic novel, Mary Ann falls down a Treacle Well, encounters the Queen of Spades, is nearly beheaded by the Queen of Hearts, has tea with the March Hare and the Mad Hatter, and chats with the Cheshire Cat--and still finds the time to fret about jam stains on her apron.

The author and illustrator are completely comfortable in Wonderland, and do not spend any time explaining the original backstory. Readers who have only seen the old animated Disney movie will be as fuddled as Alice herself, but those familiar with Lewis Carroll's stories will chortle for joy at this unique treatment of the tale and characters. Calloo! Callay!

No cussing, no kissing and no futterwacking - but tons of fun.

Recommended for readers ages 10 to adult.


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