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Listen up - you're about to lose control on a topsy-turvy adventure with a girl named Alice, one very cool, semi-invisible rabbit, a card-playing misfit with some serious headgear, and the wickedest queen you've ever seen! "Wait just one minute," you say, "I've heard this story before." Baby, you've never heard it like this. This tale is told by Whoopi Goldberg, the most outrageous storyteller around. This isn't Wonderland, it's the big, bad city. And these characters aren't like any you've ever met. You're about...
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Listen up - you're about to lose control on a topsy-turvy adventure with a girl named Alice, one very cool, semi-invisible rabbit, a card-playing misfit with some serious headgear, and the wickedest queen you've ever seen! "Wait just one minute," you say, "I've heard this story before." Baby, you've never heard it like this. This tale is told by Whoopi Goldberg, the most outrageous storyteller around. This isn't Wonderland, it's the big, bad city. And these characters aren't like any you've ever met. You're about to find out that this town is bursting with crazy surprises. See, Alice has won a mysterious prize worth big bucks that she's sure will change her life forever. But first she's got to claim it - in person. Take off with Alice down streets where bendy buildings wave over your head. Watch the kaleidoscope colors of graffiti fly by on the subway. Even stop off at a diner that shrinks up smaller than your lunchbox. Just don't linger too long over that tiny hamburger (even if those loony twin waiters do crack you up) because there's a snooty uptown queen who's just itching to snatch the prize ticket away from Alice. Join some new friends in a dizzying race against time that's sure to mess up your hairdo and remind you that wild and wonderful things can happen in worlds as nearby as your very own neighborhood.

Alice and her two friends (one of whom is an invisible rabbit) have an adventure-filled trip to 4444 44th Street to collect a prize she hopes will bring her wealth, fame, and lots of friends.

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K-Gr 3-- Goldberg's first literary effort is compromised in several important ways: first of all, as its title suggests, the book attempts to be an urban pastiche of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland . This would be okay if the device were integral to the plot or even to the spirit and tone of the book. Unfortunately, it is neither. A second problem is that its premise is tired and its resolution predictable: the eponymous hero, Alice, is a young African-American girl living in New Jersey (well, at least the text tells us she's young; in the illustrations she looks as if she's about 42) who wants to be rich. Why she wants this is unclear, since she lives in a ``nice'' single-family house on a ``nice'' suburban street. Nevertheless, she enters countless sweepstakes and, no surprise, one day she receives a notification that she is a ``WINNER.'' To collect her prize she must go to New York City. Gathering up her friends (a Mad Hatter look-alike named Robin and an invisible rabbit--borrowed from the play ``Harvey''), off she goes to the Mean Streets. There she meets a greedy rich woman who tries to steal her winning ticket; and, of course, it turns out that the sweepstakes is a scam and, of course, Alice comes to realize that she is already rich--in friendship. This is not only tired but trite, especially since Alice doesn't learn this lesson herself; instead a fortune-teller informs her. The biggest problem of all, however, is that this is not a book for children; it's a commercial package, which, in its style and sensibility--especially as captured in Rocco's stridently expressionistic illustrations--is designed to appeal to adults shopping in a retail store. --Michael Cart, formerly at Beverly Hills Public Library
Ilene Cooper
More and more celebrities are trying to write books for children, usually with less than stellar results. Goldberg's takeoff on "Alice in Wonderland" is only mildly successful, but Rocco's marvelous, in-your-face artwork puts the book into the recommended category. This black Alice dreams of being rich, and enters every contest to better the odds of its happening. Then one day she gets a letter saying she has won something. With her friends Sal, a sort of invisible rabbit, and Robin, a Mad-Hatter type, she falls down her own rabbit hole---via a bus across the river to Manhattan to pick up the prize. People try to steal her winning ticket or talk her out of it, but Alice holds on, only to discover that all she's won is the right to buy swampland in Florida. Alice is dreadfully disappointed until a fortune-teller hits her over the head with the book's moral--"Dear, you "are" rich. Look at your wonderful friends who stick by you whether you win or lose. Think about the wild adventure you've had. No amount of money could buy those things." Yawn. There are a few flashes of Goldberg's wit in the text, but mostly it's the artwork that carries the day. Using Roger Rabbit-type characters and fuzzy colors and bent shapes right out of a dream, Rocco takes a bland story and gives it a surrealistic feel that will make listeners sit up and take notice. Goldberg should go back to what she does best, movies and talk shows. Let's see more from Rocco, a terrific new illustrator.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553089905
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 9.12 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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