Meanwhile, back at the rabbit hole, Mrs. white Rabbit is pretty overwhelmed, what with a moody teen-age daughter, twins, two other youngsters, and a wailing baby. At least she can write in her diary! Intricate illustrations reveal a humorous other side of Alice in Wonderland.
Want to know why the White Rabbit is always running late? This take on Wonderland, with fun and detailed illustrations, is geared towards older fans of Carroll’s classic and not the traditional picture book audience. Told from Mrs. White Rabbit’s perspective we learn that she, like her infamous husband, also leads a harried existence and her life is quite different from what she once dreamed. The illustrations and references to the original make this a fun backstory for older readers.
This book missed the mark by a long shot. If its intended for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland fans, a graphic novel format would have been better. Children won't understand the content, since it contains drinking, eating disorders and other themes that are way over their heads.
I'd advise to skip unless you're a connoisseur of Lewis Carroll's most famous character. The pictures and story in this book contain references to the book and die hard fans will have fun combing through the pictures to find hidden gems.
With a disgruntled-looking housewife holding a squalling brat on its cover, this book lets you in on Mrs. Rabbit’s state of mind even before opening this enjoyable picture book. While her frantic husband is always rushing off (late!) to the palace, she’s left at home to tend her half a dozen children, keep house and manage her chores. Somehow she manages to snatch a brief space to write in her diary, the comfort of women everywhere who can’t quite manage to carve out time for themselves.
The familiar droll and whimsical characters from Lewis Carroll’s most famous work abound in these pages (there’s a small picture of John Tenniel—try and find it!), including an exasperating girl who won’t stay a proper size. Yet Mrs. Rabbit views her life as dull, housebound and ordinary. I suppose even the extraordinary can seem commonplace if you see them every day. But what she most longs for is recognition and maybe a little help from her oblivious husband. In this, many a frustrated housewife will no doubt relate to her. But happy endings abound, even if they don’t quite take the shape you want.
The book is a visual splendor. The double spread of carrot dishes alone is eye-popping in its diversity, e.g. The illustrations are colorful, vivid and ably complementing Mrs. Rabbit’s ongoing commentary. This brief look of a day in the life of an imaginary character from that most imaginary book is an exceptional work on the part of its author and illustrator. It makes me eager to search out other creations by this gifted man.
Very tongue-in-cheek diary of a much harried mom - the illustrations are fabulous. Check out 100 Ways to Cook Carrots. It does help to share this book with an older child who has already been exposed to the original Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
AL_SUSAN thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over
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