Complete Alice in Wonderland

Complete Alice in Wonderland - Leah Moore, Erica Awano, Lewis Carroll

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

An appropriate adaptation of Lewis Carroll's “Alice in Wonderlan” and “Through the Looking-Glass”. An adaptation, not a retelling: it follows Carroll's works faithfully, and offers a good approach to the original text (complete with its poems and rhymes—it includes “A Wasp in a Wig”, too, which at the time was dropped at Tenniel's request).

I really liked the artwork here. At first, I was expecting something a little more colorful, but after a few pages I realised the slightly muted colours worked pretty well. The drawing style has an anime-like edge when it comes to human faces; as for the Wonderland creatures and animals, their interpretation is vivid enough, and overall the atmosphere has a whimsical je-ne-sais-quoi that totally fits with Wonderland. It is “expected Alice” (blond girl, blue dress, white stockings...) yet at the same time it has its own flavour. The artist brought a lot of details into her illustrations and panels, and more than once I found myself perusing those, trying to find out what I had missed; this would deserve a second or even a third reading.

I'm not too sure if this book would make it easier for younger readers to get introduced to Carroll's stories, as it doesn't makes the text more simple to read; on the other hand, it's definitely not “dumbed down”, which wouldn't be very interesting for me, and I think it can provide a good introduction in this way.