Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Review

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Title: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

Author: Lewis Carroll

Genre & Age Group: Classics, fantasy, children’s, middle grade

Goodreads Synopsis:

The familiar tale of Alice’s journey to Wonderland and all the characters she meets, from Tweedledee and Tweedledum to the Queen of Hearts. The land where time does not matter returns in this edition, full of wonderment and nonsense which will always amuse children and the young at heart.
Source: Owned
How I Found Out About It: Common knowledge😉
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I was quite excited to delve into this book. It’s a beloved children’s classic, and readers have been raving about it for years and years. So, it would only make sense if I loved this book too, right?
Wrong. Unfortunately, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was not for me. I spent my time reading this book bored and ready to dose off to sleep.
In case you don’t know what this story is about, it revolves around a little girl named Alice who ventures off to a mysterious land called Wonderland. When she is there, she meets and becomes friendly with many different characters and has even more adventures with them. Time is also no component, as it is frozen in place.
The one thing I did enjoy about this book was Alice herself. After reading about such an adorable, innocent little girl, I felt really bad about disliking the rest of the elements in the story. Alice was a lover of adventure, and her outgoing spirit made most of the other characters in the story fall in love with her. I also found her to be very inquisitive and curious about the world around her, which was just. So. Cute!
There was a clear plot, but admittedly, I was not amused. My copy of this book was pretty short at under 200 pages, but the events in the story just did not move me or excite me. Maybe I’m a bit too mature for this type of book, maybe the plot confused me, or maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for it… I just don’t know!
Most writing styles of books reel me in and make me want more and more, but, for a change, not this one. I was not a fan of the older English words that were used and the insertions of songs and poems- but then again, it was written in 1865, so who am I to judge?
Overall, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland just wasn’t one I devoured. I’d like to give my sincere apologies to everyone who enjoys this story! There are definitely still positive things about this book, but I just wasn’t necessarily able to find them. But this doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to! If you are a fan of children’s fantasy classics, then feel free to dive in, adore Alice, and hopefully everything else!☺️
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11 thoughts on “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Review

  1. Marilyn says:

    ” lice In Wonderland” is a strange story. My sister bought a book at a library sale. It is about the real girl Alice. FYI she had dark hair and a short bob. Her two sisters had long blonde hair. Alice was the middle girl.Go figure. Thanks for the review.
    Marilyn

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  2. Briana says:

    I read this several years ago and wasn’t a huge fan either. I don’t even really like retellings or reimaginings or anything, though HEARTLESS was fine–I think because it kept some quirkiness but really toned down the madness and nonsensicalness of it all. I guess Wonderland just isn’t for me.

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    • Kayla @ Kdrewkthebookworm says:

      I loved the Lunar Chronicles, and I am very excited for Heartless as well. I also saw the Through the Looking Glass movie- yeah, not my favourite either. I’m hoping my next endeavour in Wonderland with Heartless is a good one! And I’m so glad that someone finally agrees!☺️

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      • Briana says:

        Now that I think about it, I also liked the “Alice” TV mini series that was on the Sy-Fy channel a while ago. But generally Wonderland is not my thing. The Tim Burton movies are beautiful but otherwise uninteresting to me.

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      • Kayla @ Kdrewkthebookworm says:

        Hmm… Never heard of that. What did you like about it? And yeah, I think part of the reason why I didn’t love the Through the Looking Glass movie is because a) it was the sequel and I hadn’t seen the first movie, so I was basically just thrown into it and b) I had no knowledge of Wonderland whatsoever.☺️

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