28th September '16
What a stunning book! Beautifully illustrated with detailed drawings sometimes covering a double spread. This book is perfect for introducing younger children to this great novel. I'd definitely read this to my class who are aged 6. They'd adore the pictures. From a teaching point of view I feel this book is perfect for introducing children to a range of sentence openers and speech as well as using the pictures to identify different nouns and adjectives. It is a fantastic tool for teaching literacy skills and grammar and I cannot wait to use it. After reading the book I feel I'd leave out or change some of the wording in certain areas, particularly when it involved violence and the pig/baby and using the word murder. I don't feel that would be appropriate for the age group I intend it for, however, Older children preferably 10-11 and above would be fine in reading the original printed words I'm sure. I recently watched the new Alice through the looking glass film and have since taken a keen interest in this tale. This book is a book of pure curiosity and strangeness that any imaginative child would adore. The idea of shrinking and enlarging in size after eating cake and drinking a potion would make any child fascinated, equally would the idea of animals talking and entering different worlds/realms. As I never read this book as a child I always stuck to Roald Dahl books, it strikes me as a similar scenario when James enters the giant peach and comes face to face with talking creatures who initially find him irritating and intrusive, similarly in this book do the rabbit and the caterpillar find Alice offensive and rude to begin with. I found myself chuckling to elements of the book as the humour was perfectly matched with sarcasm. The wording throughout the book creates perfectly vivid images in the mind before revealing the pictures to the listeners. One I liked especially was , 'She had not gone much further before she came in sight of the house of the March Hare: she thought it must be the right house, because the chimneys were shaped like ears and the roof was thatched with fur.' What a fantastic description to create imagery for the reader. My favourite illustration has got to be the scene of the tea party. What a beautiful picture capturing an iconic image from this book! This is also the funniest and most silliest part of the book, where the conversation gets very nonsensical and confusing but even more amusing. The caterpillar was sarcastic, rude and quite snappy, all of which was depicted perfectly in the illustrations and conversations he had with Alice when they first met. You can almost hear his voice snarling at her when you read the words. Alice on the other hand is quite gentle and matter of fact with her tone, although not intentionally she does often offend by saying the wrong things in the presence of birds and mice, such as 'Dinah's our cat. And she's such a capital one for catching mice, you can't think! And oh, I wish you could she her after the birds! Why, she'll eat a little bird as soon as look at it!' This shows Alice's total innocence and lack of tact due to being so naive and young, not once thinking of the consequences of her words. This would be perfect for teaching how we cannot take words back once they are said, in a PSHE lesson about our actions and how they affect others. Every child with a love of reading should be introduced to this book and I look forward to sharing it with my niece as she will thrive off the insanity of it. The Mad Hatter is exactly what his namesake suggests, as mad as a box of frogs. Totally and utterly strange and yet so loving and caring. In total contrast to the Queen who would try to chop off anyone's head who didn't agree with her, or she with them. This book is a sheer delight and sure to last an age set in a beautiful hard backed casing.