I bought this book a while back because it was a newly illustrated version and I have never read this book! I am glad I did take the time to. I got a lot more out of the book than the Disney movie, for sure.
I think most of us are familiar with the general story line: Alice falls down the rabbit hole and each chapter marks an adventure. She grows and shrinks along the way and ends up at a trial with the King and Queen of Hearts. The story ends when she wakes up (spoiler alert!).
What surprised me most was the amount of violence and aggression in the book version of the story. Particularly the Duchess and the pig really gave me pause. There is a scene where the Duchess is nursing this little baby that turns into a pig (or always was a pig). Additionally, the suppression of the guinea pigs in the trial was another apropos moment– connecting politics of today with this very old story. In the trial, guinea pigs who make sound (clapping) are put into sacks that are tied shut and then are sat upon- sound familiar?
I had a lot of fun reading this and taking the time to get in a classic. One of the best things about the reading challenge for me is getting back to books that I should-coulda-woulda read and actually doing it.
Overall rating: It’s a classic, so I am giving a rare 5/5 also, the illustrations are really adorable in this new version.