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Title: Alice in Wonderland: A Graphic Novel by Martin Powell & Daniel Ferran
Alice goes on a picnic with her sister, but becomes bored and falls asleep. She has a fantastically outrageous dream about talking animals, a violent queen, and growing and shrinking.
The story of Alice in Wonderland is totally bizarre and out there, and you shouldn’t expect anything different in the graphic novel. Since this is a shortened way of sharing the story, the zany and nonsensical scenes seem to randomly follow one another. From an adult perspective, the story seemed disjointed and strange (and I already know the plot), so I can imagine kids would be confused by it.
The artwork is very nicely done and I like how they visually represented each scene, but that’s not enough to make up for the seemingly pointless story. I think Alice in Wonderland works better in its original form. The story requires more words to try and make sense of the ridiculous events.
I recommend Alice in Wonderland to elementary-age kids who would like to learn the premise of the original tale without committing to reading a longer book.
Rating: 3 Stars
Until next time…