December Book Photo Challenge – Day 27: Makes Me Giddy

Originally posted 2015-12-27 08:00:51.

Day 27 of the new challenge from Books and Cupcakes where we will be focusing on children’s books! A book has never made me so happy as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. These books are both so rich and full of amazing story, wonderment, and enchantment. I could see myself in Wonderland with Alice and enjoying everything that it had to offer. Now, as most of us have seen, there are many movies out that tell the tales of Alice. I really enjoyed the Disney version (cartoon) back from when I was younger and that is what got me interested in the books. However, there is an element to these books that is so adult in nature, that I do not think that I saw it until I was older and playing the Alice in Wonderland video games. These games focused on the dark side of Wonderland and the evil within it. I have a total unhealthy obsession with these games!


Look at some of these quotes from the book. I feel that most children would not get the implications of them, but as adults they really can strike home:

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”

“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”

“Alice:How long is forever? White Rabbit:Sometimes, just one second.”

Plus there is the Jabberwocky poem which appeared in Through the Looking Glass:

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;

      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,

      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through

      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?

      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
      He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.
This is such powerful material! I feel like little kids will enjoy the world of Wonderland in the first book and as they get older, will enjoy the challenges of the characters in Through the Looking Glass. 
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I am a 29 year old from Pennsylvania. I am married to a wonderful husband and we have two children both named after super heroes! A girl who is 4 and a boy who is 1. Most of my time is spent working, being a mom, and gaming.