This post is first and foremost a recommendation to visit the post which inspired it. Smiler over at ‘From Smiler, with Love‘ created a tribute to Alice in Wonderland by hunting up scenes throughout the story that have been done over the years by various illustrators. The illustrations are accompanied by selected quotes, and it really is worth a look-see.
I think maybe two current Stop & Wander readers know that I had a blog for a few months called ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’. I thought I was being clever with the title, but there are actually hundreds and hundreds of blogs out there with Carroll inspired titles.
A few years back, my dad gave Sierra a really fantastic gift: A pop-up version of Alice in Wonderland created by Robert Sabuda. Not your typical pop-up book, but a really intricately constructed book that I think is closer to art than literature.
Sierra was six at the time, and the book is a little worse for wear, though she treated it pretty well considering. I’ve attempted to take pictures, but the light isn’t too great, and I used my bumpy bed once more as a pedestal, so I’m afraid I did not do the book justice. Still, you can get the gist from the photographs.
Look close, ^ you’ll see the shapes of certain familiar faces in the trees.
Kinda neat, there’s little cellophane windows, and you can see Alice inside in her giantess distress. On each page, there are panels or mini booklets along the side or the bottom with smaller, accompanying pop-ups and the text of the complete story.
The paper Cheshire is well and truly creepy with his face opening and closing. Sabuda did a bang up job.
I think my least favorite part of both the story and the movie was always the pepper bit, with the baby pig. There’s something really creepy about dreams that incorporate seasoning.
Whew. That’s over with. Would you care for some tea?
Here’s that crazy game of croquet. With such a generous supply of pink buzzards, I’m surprised no one suggested lawn-bowling.
And it all comes down… like a house of cards. C’est la vie.