Thursday, January 26, 2017
The Complete Alice In Wonderland
author: Leah Moore
average rating: 3.74
book published: 2010
read at: 2017/01/26
date added: 2017/01/26
'Complete Alice in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll, adapted by Leah Moore & John Reppion with art by Erica Awano is an ambitious graphic novel which works in spite of the challenges of the source.
The problem is that the first book, 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,' is more narrative in nature, in spite of the loopy story. Young Alice chanses a White Rabbit down a hole. She meets a series of strange creatures and shrinks and grows and shrinks. She has a weird encounter with loyalty and makes it home intact and perhaps wiser for her journey. It is the better known book of the two, and has been adapted many times.
The second book, 'Through The Looking Glass,' is a bit more free-form in nature. Alice finds a strange world by following her cat through a mirror. She still meets really unusual characters, but the interactions consist more of long poems. There is some of this in the first book, but they are much longer here. That doesn't mean they aren't good, just that it's more poetry than prose. So it's still Alice, but the character journey is different.
The adaptation is quite good. This could be used by a scheming student to write a fairly convincing book report on the two books. The language rings true to the book and the illustrations are marvelous. The artist has not necessarily tried to copy a previous version we've seen of Alice, and yet, she was still familiar to me.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Dynamite Entertainment, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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