They’re all here…Alice, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar (sans hookah), the Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, even the sleepy dormouse!
This board book abecedary brings together characters based on Carroll’s famous story along with Tenniel’s classic illustrations, here reproduced in bright colors, giving preschoolers an interesting new twist on the alphabet. Each uppercase letter is paired with a corresponding word and an illustration, mostly one per page. Many of the illustrations may be familiar to Alice enthusiasts; supplemental pictures and decorative motifs in Tenniel’s style are used to fill in the gaps in the alphabet. For “I is for Invitation,” a note on pink paper, decorated with roses and a large, crowned heart, reads “Please come to tea, from Mad Hatter.” Some letters stretch harder than others. “V is for Vanish” shows a picture of a fading Cheshire Cat in a tree, which will be quite opaque to most board-book readers. Publishing simultaneously, White Rabbit: A Counting Book takes readers from one to 10, including two tasty treats for Alice to try, five grins from the Cheshire Cat, and eight flamingos for a game of croquet. Toddlers and preschoolers may not really understand these two introductions to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but older Alice fans will be delighted to share their enthusiasm for Carroll’s classics through these novelty board books.
Devotees of the Alice books will be transported to Wonderland with this fine first taste of key characters in Carroll’s iconic stories. (Board book. 3-5)