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Down the Rabbit Hole: Alice in Wonderland    by Lewis Carroll, Eric Puybaret & et al order for
Down the Rabbit Hole
by Lewis Carroll
Order:  USA  Can
Charlesbridge, 2015 (2015)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

With the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, there are many interesting editions celebrating the publishing milestone. One of the more attractive volumes is this one that features a retelling (by Joe Rhatigan and Charles Nurnberg) of Lewis Carroll's classic tale and the use of attractive illustrations.

Since a young reader might not yet be ready for the full version of this story with its surrealistic and sometimes nightmarish elements, this retold narrative that focuses on just part of the adventure may work a lot better.

The reader will meet Alice, the White Rabbit, Mouse, Duck, Eaglet, Dodo and the Blue Caterpillar as Alice begins this fantastical journey. The child will see Alice as she experiences some quirky changes in size as well, but the focus here is really on just the opening of this famous odyssey that commences when the little girl tumbles down a rabbit hole after encountering the White Rabbit who is hurrying off for an important appointment.

Obviously this book marks just the beginning of Alice's story, but it is a good way of introducing the iconic character and getting the child into the basic idea behind the whole book. If the youngster wants to follow Alice further, you can either wait for the next installment of this retelling or find a complete copy of the story.

If you like the idea of slowly introducing Alice to your child in a series of steps, this book will do so in a manner that will make the process fun and enjoyable. This way your son or daughter can indicate when he or she is ready for the next segment of the adventure and there's no risk of exposing the youngster to some of the more potentially scary elements of the story too soon.

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