Book Review: The Complete Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll, Leah Moore, John Reppion)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors

Pages: 184

Release Date: April 19th 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

Join Alice on her whimsical journey down the rabbit hole! For the first time ever, Lewis Carroll’s beloved masterpiece is faithfully adapted and illustrated in its entirety, including the long-lost chapter, “The Wasp in a Wig!” From her initial meeting with the White Rabbit in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” to her final dinner party with the entire (and outrageous) “Through the Looking Glass” cast, every moment of Alice’s adventures in that astonishing landscape is captured in gorgeous detail. With old favorites like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter joined now by a long-forgotten Carroll creation, The Wasp, in one of the book’s latter chapters, children and adults alike can rediscover the complete “Alice” tale and fall in love with Wonderland all over again!

Review:

I am a huge Alice in Wonderland nerd – I love the original story, I have a beautiful copy of the complete works of Lewis Carroll, and I love any kind of adaptation too. So obviously I jumped at the chance to review a graphic novel version.

While I enjoyed reading this, I wasn’t wowed by it. It adapts both Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The art style felt kind of old fashioned, in a good way: it reminded me of drawings in the Alice books I read as a child. I liked that in this medium the poetry and rhymes Alice recites were brought to life. I felt they missed a trick with the Mouse’s tale, which could have been drawn/written more creatively, as it is in the original story.

I’ve read Alice in Wonderland a lot and am very familiar with the story, and felt I enjoyed this part of the graphic novel more. I’ve only read Through the Looking Glass a couple of times, and not recently, and I struggled through the latter part of the book. Sometimes it was hard to follow the action and I wasn’t quite sure what was going on.

While I enjoyed reading this, I didn’t feel it added anything to the story: it’s a very straightforward adaptation, with all of the dialogue appearing exactly as it does in the books. Don’t go in expecting something new: if you’re looking for a faithful graphic novel adaptation of the original story then this is for you.

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