Review: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (Bantam Classics) - Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel

Quick review for a quick read and classic tale. I happened to grab this from my library for a re-read and loved it as much as I did the first time I read it. Alice is quite a character who gets in over her head as she's sitting with her sister in the beginning and happens to see a white rabbit carrying a pocketwatch. The story, as they say, is history in the making from there. The illustrations in the edition I had were lovely and complimented the story and characters very well.

I've read numerous retellings of "Alice in Wonderland" - but for me it was a treat to see where all of this really began again, from Alice getting stuck and having her river of tears flooding the room, to playing croquet with the Queen of Hearts and evading getting her head cut off upon orders to the court. Wonderland, in general, has all of these quirks and absurdities alongside the characters that live there and you can't help but follow Alice in her interactions with each of them - no matter how absurd or awkward they may be. Though there are times when I think Carroll purposefully puts all of these different dialogues to play with the reader as well as Alice for fun.

I still need to give "Through the Looking Glass" a re-read, but I really enjoyed revisiting this tale from my childhood, and it never fails to inspire me for quirks, humor, and just the immersion and imagination of the story in general.

Overall score: 4/5 stars