Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss


EXCERPT: Let’s have a little talk about tweetle beetles….

What do you know about tweetle beetles? Well…

When tweetle beetles fight,
it’s called a tweetle beetle battle.

And when they battle in a puddle,
it’s a tweetle beetle puddle battle.

AND when tweetle beetles battle with paddles in a puddle,
they call it a tweetle beetle puddle paddle battle.


When beetles battle beetles in a puddle paddle battle
and the beetle battle puddle is a puddle in a bottle…
…they call this a tweetle beetle bottle puddle paddle battle muddle.


When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles
and the bottle’s on a poodle and the poodle’s eating noodles…
…they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle
bottle paddle battle.


ABOUT THIS BOOK: In this hilarious book, the irrepressible Fox in Socks teaches a baffled Mr. Knox some of the slickest, quickest tongue-twisters in town.

MY THOUGHTS: Fox in Socks is currently my grandson’s favourite book. It really is the only book he currently wants to read, or to be read to him. It has even ousted his Paw Patrol book in the favourites stakes!

And he is word perfect on it….when my tongue got twisted the other day, he said ‘Nana, that’s not right. Read it again!’

Dr Seuss brings out the child in all of us. I love reading, and rereading, his books. I love the illustrations. I love the sillyness.

5 stupendous stars ❤😂🤣🤪💖

THE AUTHOR: Dr. Seuss has been delighting young children and helping them learn to read for over fifty years. Creator of the wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat, and ranked among the UK’s top ten favourite children’s authors, Seuss is firmly established as a global best-seller, with nearly half a billion books sold worldwide.

DISCLOSURE: My grandson, Luke, owns his copy of Fox in Socks by Dr Seuss, published by Greenback Books. All opinions expressed in this review are my own personal opinions and those of my grandson, Luke.

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Watching What I’m Reading…

We can definitely feel autumn in the air in the evenings…it is quite crisp, and again in the mornings. But the days are still deliciously hot, and we are still waiting on rain. Our garden is parched and the cracks in the lawn are still widening. I love this weather but do feel bad about the garden. I have lost quite a few plants, but am using the water from the washing machine to water our vegetable garden and keep that alive, although there have been a couple of instances when I have forgotten to grab the bucket in time and the laundry room has flooded out onto the hall carpet. I will be so glad when the laundry is moved downstairs and into the garage…then it won’t matter.

I have just begun Rules for Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson


I am only one chapter in and already loving this!

I am still listening to The Fallout by Rebecca Thornton. I am not finding it particularly captivating so far…


This week I also plan on reading

Night Train to Murder by Simon R. Green


When Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny are asked to escort a VIP on the late-night train to Bath, it would appear to be a routine case. The Organisation has acquired intelligence that an attempt is to be made on Sir Dennis Gregson’s life as he travels to Bath to take up his new position as Head of the British Psychic Weapons Division. Ishmael’s mission is to ensure that Sir Dennis arrives safely.

How could anyone orchestrate a murder in a crowded railway carriage without being noticed and with no obvious means of escape? When a body is discovered in a locked toilet cubicle, Ishmael Jones has just 56 minutes to solve a seemingly impossible crime before the train reaches its destination.

And One Moment by Linda Green


Finn and Kaz are about to meet for the first time.

Ten-year-old Finn, a quirky, sensitive boy who talks a lot and only eats at cafes with a 5-star hygiene rating, is having a tough time at school and home.

Outspoken Kaz, 59, who has an acerbic sense of humour and a heart of gold, is working at the café when Finn and his mum come in.

They don’t know it yet, but the second time they meet will be a moment which changes both of their lives forever . . .

I have five ARCs from Netgalley this week

Can You See Her by S.E. Lynes


The Sunday Potluck Club by Melissa Storm


An Artificial Light by Petra Durst-Benning


Tell Me How It Ends by V.B. Grey


And We Are Not in the World by Conor O’Callaghan


BUT….I have also been on a little buying spree. Well, I had to do the rounds of the bookstores in search of books for my grandson’s upcoming third birthday. I managed to find him one book


He loves anything Paw Patrol so this will definitely be a hit. But I do need to find him a few more books…which may just be a dangerous escapade. For while I got him one book yesterday, I managed to pick up eight for myself (Yes! I am hanging my head in shame…😔)

Dead Time by Matt Brolly


Two by Peter May, Entry Island, and The Critic



The Whisper Man by Alex North


The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup


The Butterfly Room by Lucinda Riley


One Minute Later by Susan Lewis


It’s Always the Husband by Michelle Campbell


So now I am going to sit in the naughty corner and read, and read, and read…😂🤣😂🤣

I only have one day off this week, so I may have overestimated what I am going to be able to read. We’ll see.

If you have any suggestions for books my grandson would like, please tell me. His absolute favourite at the moment is Fox in Socks by Dr Seuss


I must have read it to him three times before he went to bed when I was up there earlier this week. And if I make a mistake with the tongue twisters, he says ‘No, Nana, that’s not right. Read it again!’

Happy reading my friends.


A selection of books for your toddler and young readers


EXCERPT: One day Mommy said that my room was a mess,
And because it’s untidy she suffers from stress.
I said,
‘I need the mess, it’s better that way.
If I tidied my room, I just wouldn’t play!’

ABOUT THIS BOOK: There are Mess Monsters under the bed. When they’re out, they’ll smash, they’ll crash, they’ll bang and clang, stamp and stomp. Most of all they’ll make a mess. But the Mess Monsters haven’t met Mummy yet…

MY THOUGHTS: This is going in Luke’s Christmas parcel. It is a beautifully illustrated delightful story about putting things away when you have finished with them.

Will it work? Who knows 🤣😂

THE AUTHOR: Beth Shoshan was born in Brighton. She never seemed destined to be a children’s writer, after all she had failed English Composition. But everything changed when she was challenged by Meadowside to write the most inappropriate children’s book imaginable – it should contain sweets, explosions and arcane English words. She did, and Smidge became an instant best-seller. Now with over 30 titles to her name, Beth has become one of the most successful children’s authors of the past few years.

DISCLOSURE: I purchased my copy of Mess Monsters by Beth Shoshan, illustrated by Piers Harper, published by Albury Books. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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EXCERPT: A mahoosive mammoth one morning awoke and groaned to his friend, ‘My word, it’s no joke! I need to find something to eat – and real quick. I’m feeling quite weak and terribly sick…I’m so famishing, I’m vanishing!’

ABOUT THIS BOOK: The famishing vanishing mahoosive mammoth is a hairy beast who simply can’t think of anything but his tummy. So how, then, can his friend Bug distract him?

Find out in this hilarious rhyming picture book about one hairy mammoth with a ridiculously large appetite, and one loyal friend with a clever plan.

MY THOUGHTS: Another book for Luke’s Christmas parcel. An entertaining story about a mammoth who is obsessed by food, until his friend shows him how to have fun.

THE AUTHOR: Hollie Hughes is the author of three picture books for children – The Famishing Vanishing Mahoosive Mammoth (illustrated by Leigh Hodgkinson), Ninja Nan (illustrated by Natalie Smillie), and Princess Swashbuckle (illustrated by Deborah Allwright).

Previously a youth worker and higher education lecturer, much of her work now takes place in schools – both as a visiting author, and as a literacy consultant. She also runs writing workshops for children and adults, and regularly takes part in literary festivals and events.

DISCLOSURE: I own my copy of The Famishing Vanishing Mahoosive Mammoth by Hollie Hughes, illustrated by Leigh Hodgkinson, published by Bloomsbury. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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EXCERPT: (To be added)

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Kuwi the Kiwi attempts to find a moment of peace and quiet in the chaos of parenthood, but everywhere she turns the volume just gets louder. Tap-dancing tomtits, Karate-kicking kokako and other noisy native friends join in the rowdy fun, until Kuwi can’t take any more… The quirky and quintessentially Kiwi illustrations will have both adults and children laughing out loud, with a humorous storyline familiar to parents everywhere. Young readers will be delighted by the fun noises they can make to match each illustration, and as they guess which creature will pop up next. The story also holds a heartwarming and subtle message about being happy with what you have.

MY THOUGHTS: If you have ever longed for five minutes peace and quiet when you’ve been with your child, you will relate to this storybook

I bought this for my youngest grandson 2 1/2) when I took the older one to the Kiwi House in Otorohanga during the last school holidays…and he loves it. He knows all the words off by heart and can often be found sitting reading it on his own. There is a small spider hiding in each illustration, which makes finding it a fun game to play while reading…

Altogether a delightful book, a fun read, and I will be purchasing others in the series for him.

THE AUTHOR: Kat Quin’s passion for all things children’s books and illustration is apparent throughout all her works to date.

Gaining inspiration and critique from her own three, sparkling offspring, her honest accounts from a birds eye view are endearing to readers of all ages.

She is quintessentially Kiwi, which erupts through her quirky illustrations, on which she spends thirty plus hours for each delicious spread.

Kat extends herself to play an ambassador role for the very appropriately chosen, Kiwis for kiwis, which supports human Kiwis to support native kiwi conservation projects, New Zealand wide.

DISCLOSURE: I purchased my copy of Kuwi’s Rowdy Crowd by Kat Mereweather, published by Illustrated Publishing. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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Watching What I’m Reading

What a merry weekend it has been! Which is the reason this post is a little late. . . We traveled to Rotorua Saturday for my husband’s work Christmas party, then back home early yesterday morning to put the final touches to my staff Christmas lunch so that those who were working yesterday could enjoy it before we had to open for business.

With everything that has been going on, I am afraid that I didn’t get as much reading done during the week as I had planned. I am just about to start

The Memory

which I had planned to read last week .

I have just started listening to

The Beginner's Goodbye

This week I am planning on reading

For Better and Worse

which I featured in last week’s ‘A Taste of … Tuesday’ post.

On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.

Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage?

I have received three ARCs from NetGalley this week  –

Between the Lies

The Collector (The Bone Collector, #2)

The View from Alameda Island

And that’s my lot for the week. I hope that you have had a wonderful week’s reading, and that you are not getting stressed by the rapid approach of Christmas, because that’s not what it’s all about. It doesn’t matter if things aren’t perfect. What matters is the love you feel for your family and friends, spending time with them, and creating beautiful memories. And if you can do some random act of kindness to make someone else’s day a little better, that is a bonus.

I bought my almost twelve year old grandson

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)      The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, #2)    The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, #3)

for Christmas, and I will give him the remainder of the series for his birthday. I also managed to pick up a copy of

We Need to Weaken the Mixture

for my husband, and a couple of titles off the sales table for myself

Need You Dead (Roy Grace, #13)  and  Tell Tale: Short Stories

Have a wonderful week of reading,my friends. 🎅💕💖📚

Half-Minute Horrors edited by Susan Rich

Half-Minute Horrors by Susan  Rich

EXCERPT: ‘… ought to know about the man who watches you when you sleep.

He is a quiet man, which is why you don’t know about him. You don’t know how he gets into your home, or how he finds his way to the room in which you sleep. You don’t know how he can stare at you so long without blinking, and you don’t know how he manages to be gone by morning, without a trace, and you don’t know where he purchased the long sharp knife, curved like a crescent moon, that he holds in his left hand, sometimes just millimeters from your eyes, which are closed and flickering in dream.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: How scared can you get in only 30 seconds?
Dare to find out!

Dive into the shortest, scariest, spine-tinglers, hair-raisers, and eye-poppers ever created.

MY THOUGHTS: It is September, and any day now, Halloween merchandise will be hitting the shelves, if it hasn’t done so already. This is an ideal pick for the young bookworms in your lives. The stories are 30 seconds long. . . Some even shorter. There are stories, graphic stories, poems and even a limerick.

I bought this for my grandson some years ago, and found it on his bookshelf today when I was looking for something else. So I picked it up and read it (out in the bright sunlight) and enjoyed it all over again.

WARNING: You’ll never look at your closet door, your cat, your sock drawer, or even yourself in the mirror the same way again.


THE AUTHOR: These instant thrills come from astounding talents, including Lemony Snicket, James Patterson, Neil Gaiman, R.L. Stine, Holly Black, Brett Helquist, and many more.

DISCLOSURE: Although I purchased this book, it belongs to my grandson and fellow bookworm, Kayden Webby, who is in the process of setting up his own book blog.

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Never Touch a Monster by Rosie Greening

Never Touch a Monster by Rosie Greening

EXCERPT : You must never touch a monster
Who invites you ’round for tea
He wants to put you in a pot
And eat you, probably!

ABOUT THIS BOOK: This monster-themed, touch-and-feel book is perfect for young children! Children will love reading the funny rhyme that tells them the dangers of touching a monster and then ignoring the advice!

MY THOUGHTS: I just love this very tactile rhyming book about the dangers of touching monsters, as does my fifteen month old grandson. I thought he might have grown out of this book by now, but he still adores it. So much so, that I have just added Never Touch A Dinosaur by the same author to his library. We read the rhymes, all the while touching, scratching, stroking the textured silicone pads embedded in the monsters bodies. A great little book! And there is a whole series of them. Delightful!

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Friday Favorite- Horton Hears A Who by Dr Seuss

Looking for something to read over the weekend ?

Nothing on your book radar that is screaming ‘read me’?

Take a look at my Friday Favorite. It may be new. It may be old. It may be written by a famous author, or by someone you have never heard of. But wherever in the spectrum it falls, it will be a book that is special to me, one that has captured both my imagination and my heart.

Horton Hears a Who!

EXCERPT: On the fifteenth of May, in the Jungle of Nool,
In the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool,
He was splashing . . . enjoying the jungle’s great joys . . .
When Horton the elephant heard a small noise.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Horton the kindly elephant has his work cut out saving the tiny Whos who live on a speck of dust – no one else believes they are there! But Horton eventually convinces everyone that ‘A person’s a person, no matter how small’!

MY THOUGHTS: Got to love Dr Seuss!

Horton can hear something no-one else can. It seems there is a another whole world living on a peck on a chive flower…and they are in grave danger. Horton makes it his mission to save them against all odds.

A good lesson in standing up for what you believe in and not giving up in adversity.

I have also watched the movie of this book, and it is excellent! When have you ever heard me say that before?

I am really enjoying rediscovering all these lovely children’s books that I enjoyed reading with my own children, and now with my grandchildren.

THE AUTHOR: Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both cartoons and humorous articles for them. Additionally, he was submitting cartoons to Life, Vanity Fair and Liberty. In some of his works, he’d made reference to an insecticide called Flit. These references gained notice, and led to a contract to draw comic ads for Flit. This association lasted 17 years, gained him national exposure, and coined the catchphrase “Quick, Henry, the Flit!”

In 1936 on the way to a vaction in Europe, listening to the rhythm of the ship’s engines, he came up with And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, which was then promptly rejected by the first 43 publishers he showed it to. Eventually in 1937 a friend published the book for him, and it went on to at least moderate success.

During WW II, Geisel joined the army and was sent to Hollywood. Captain Geisel would write for Frank Capra’s Signal Corps Unit (for which he won the Legion of Merit) and do documentaries (he won Oscar’s for Hitler Lives and Design for Death). He also created a cartoon called Gerald McBoing-Boing which also won him an Oscar.

In May of 1954, Life published a report concerning illiteracy among school children. The report said, among other things, that children were having trouble to read because their books were boring. This inspired Geisel’s publisher, and prompted him to send Geisel a list of 400 words he felt were important, asked him to cut the list to 250 words (the publishers idea of how many words at one time a first grader could absorb), and write a book. Nine months later, Geisel, using 220 of the words given to him published The Cat in the Hat, which went on to instant success.

In 1960 Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn’t write an entire book using only fifty words. The result was Green Eggs and Ham. Cerf never paid the $50 from the bet.

Helen Palmer Geisel died in 1967. Theodor Geisel married Audrey Stone Diamond in 1968. Theodor Seuss Geisel died 24 September 1991.

Also worked under the pen name:
Theo Le Sieg (

DISCLOSURE: I own my copy of Horton Hears A Who by Dr Seuss. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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The Friday Favorite – The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket

Looking for something to read over the weekend ?

Nothing on your book radar that is screaming ‘read me’?

Take a look at my Friday Favorite. It may be new. It may be old. It may be written by a famous author, or by someone you have never heard of. But wherever in the spectrum it falls, it will be a book that is special to me, one that has captured both my imagination and my heart.

This was the second of two books I buddy-read with my grandson over the recent school holidays, and while I enjoyed the first, The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket captivated and enchanted me. 😍😍😍😍😍 (and I would give it 10 if I could)

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)

EXCERPT: If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle. This is because not very many happy things happened in the lives of the three Baudelaire youngsters. Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire were intelligent children, and they were charming, and resourceful, and had pleasant facial features, but they were extremely unlucky, and most everything that happened to them was rife with misfortune, misery and despair. I am sorry to tell you this, but that is how the story goes.


I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

MY THOUGHTS: I love this book with all my heart.

From the exquisite cover, to the way words that may not be familiar to the reader are explained; from the very first word to the last, I LOVE THIS BOOK!

I am lost for words! This is like a fairy-tale on speed. But, unlike most fairy-tales, and exactly as Lemony Snicket says, there is no happy ending. Or middle. Or beginning. Very little happy at all. . . but please don’t put the book down, as the author suggests, and go off to read other things, because you will miss out on an amazing, splendiferous, amusing and enchanting read.

I can imagine this as a pantomime, where we all get to boo and hiss at the evil Count Olaf and his unpalatable friends and cheer on the children. It is a very interactive read, one that it is impossible not to become invested in. I have become so invested that I have ordered the boxed set, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. And I am not promising, but I might, only ‘might’ mind you, share them with my grandchildren. Eventually. . . Maybe. . .

Are they here yet?

THE AUTHOR: Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

DISCLOSURE: I listened to the audiobook of The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket, narrated by Tim Curry (excellent narration) and published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, via OverDrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

EXCERPT: So Kyle had gone down to the basement and dug up one of his all-time favorites: Mr Lemoncello’s Indoor Outdoor Scavenger Hunt. It had been a huge hit for Mr Lemoncello, the master game maker. Kyle and his brothers had played it so much when they were younger, Mrs Keeley wrote to Mr Lemoncello’s company for a refresher pack of clue cards. The new cards listed all kinds of different bizarre stuff you needed to find, like ‘an adults droopy underpants’, ‘one dirty dish’ and ‘a rotten banana peel’.

(At the end of the game, the losers have to put everything back exactly where the items had been found. It was an official rule, printed inside the top of the box, and made winning the game that much more important!)

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.

Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.

MY THOUGHTS: School holiday time here in New Zealand, and traditionally the time for my grandson and I to do our buddy read. You may remember that last year we read our way through the Harry Potter series.  Our time was curtailed somewhat these holidays as he spent the first week in the South Island skiing. But last week we read two books together, and this was the first of them, and his pick.

This was a fun read which teaches lessons about the perils of cheating, the advantages of learning to work as part of a team, and how to think outside the box (or the most obvious answer is not always the correct one).

Honestly, neither of us could see what was wrong with being locked in a library, particularly since this library has a café, and we would have been quite happy to have stayed there. But this book was not about us.

We did enjoy trying to solve the puzzles, though we (or more specifically I) weren’t all that successful.

My grandson thought that this ultra modern library would be wonderful. Me? I have fond memories of the library of my childhood (now sadly demolished), a grand old wooden building with coke fuelled fires that I would curl up in front of and read for hours. And wonderful librarians, one of whom is still alive and whom I visit whenever I can.

Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library fuelled a lot of discussion between us. My grandson now knows a lot more about my life as a child, and the books I read. He has some new titles to read, as do I. And while he has already read the other books in this series, I haven’t, but am keen to do so.


THE AUTHOR: CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is a #1 New York Times bestselling. His books include the LEMONCELLO LIBRARY series, the WONDERLAND series, and many fun and funny page-turners co-authored with James Patterson. You can visit Chris at

DISCLOSURE: I listened to Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, narrated by Jesse Bernstein and published by Listening Library via OverDrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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Friday Favorite – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass 

John Tenniel (Illustrator)


Martin Gardner (Introduction)

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EXCERPT: Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, “and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?”

So she was considering in her own mind, (as she could, because the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a white rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Weary of her storybook, one “without pictures or conversations,” the young and imaginative Alice follows a hasty hare underground–to come face-to-face with some of the strangest adventures and most fantastic characters in all of literature.

The Ugly Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat–each more eccentric than the last–could only have come from that master of sublime nonsense, Lewis Carroll.

In penning this brilliant burlesque of children’s literature, Carroll has written a farcical satire of rigid Victorian society, an arresting parody of the fears, anxieties, and complexities of growing up.

Carroll was one of the few adult writers to successfully enter the children’s world of make-believe: where the impossible becomes possible, the unreal–real, and where the height of adventure is limited only by the depths of imagination.

MY THOUGHTS: How can anyone not love Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

I read a biography of Lewis Carroll (or Charles Lutwidge Dodgson as he was born) last year which made me want to revisit Alice.

I am glad I did. It was an extremely enjoyable experience and brought back many childhood memories of reading under the bedclothes by torchlight, making daisy chains with my grandmother, the same grandmother’s jam tarts, her wonderful rose gardens. . . Altogether, a wonderful trip down memory lane.