Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland

Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland

by J. T. Holden (2)


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Have you ever wondered...

Who really stole the Queen's tarts? Whatever did become of the Walrus & the Carpenter after their nefarious jot down the briny beach with the little Oysters? Is there truly any sense to be found in nonsense at all? Come follow Alice down the rabbit-hole once again as Lewis Carroll's timeless classic is reimagined through the lyrical language of Wonderland...where a Caterpillar dispenses an indelible lesson, a Cat offers safe haven and (fairly) sound advice, and a Hatter and Hare throw a mad tea party before matching wits at the trial of the century!

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ISBN-13: 9780982508992
Publisher: Candleshoe Books
Publication date: 02/11/2011
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 7 - 12 Years

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Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TheSmokingPen More than 1 year ago
My best friend's mom got an advance copy of this book last month, and I read it straight through...and then read it again! It tells the story of Alice's adventures in Wonderland in 19 rhyming poems. All of them are great, but the best is The Walrus & the Carpenter Head Back (I read this one at least 9 times, marveling at how closely the writer captured not only the style of Lewis Carroll but also the way he paralleled the events of the original poem, with a very satisfying twist at the end - you have to read the original Walrus & Carpenter and then read this one, they flow together so seamlessly you'd swear they were written by the same author at the same time). Other standout poems include: The Mariner's Tale, both the Caterpillar ones (I can't remember their titles), and The Tea Party Resumes (the way the Mad Hatter and March Hare bend words to their will is amazing). The last several poems all cover the different phases of the trial of the Knave of Hearts, and they are all excellent (but pay close attention in the earlier poems, because some important clues are dropped in them that come to further light during the trial sequence - I'll say no more). This is an awesome book, from start to finish, and the illustrations are incredible (for some reason the cover image is not available here at B&N, which is a's a really cool cover - FYI, the cover is on display at Amazon). For anyone who loves Wonderland, this is a must. As a side note: I usually skim over introductions, but this one was written by the author and explains how he came to "discover" the Lost Rhymes, so I would highly recommend not skimming over it.
Coriolanus More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time, rhyme was considered a perfectly legitimate form of poetic expression and was used to great effect by such poets as Millay, Donne, Whitman, Shakespeare, and Poe, to name a few. But somewhere along way, the rhyming poem fell from grace. Apart from the classics, rhyming poetry just isn't taken seriously anymore. In an ironic twist of fate, it was perhaps the poet most famous for his use of rhyme, Lewis Carroll, who tipped the first domino, inadvertently triggering the fall of the rhyming poem. The hugely popular nonsense rhymes included in Carroll's books "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass" made an indelible mark in children's literature and in doing so laid a foundation upon which far less gifted poets built a house of cards destined to collapse. With the once (dare I say it?) noble rhyming poem eventually relegated to an insipid commercial jingle that you can't get out of your head, or the punch line of a particularly unfunny joke, it's hard to imagine that any serious writer would risk his or her reputation (or the chance of attaining one) on a book of rhyming poems. Yet with "Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland", J.T. Holden has done just that, with great relish and aplomb. Taking on a childhood challenge posed by his grandfather, Holden began his search for the fabled lost rhymes of Lewis Carroll on "a single blank page." What he discovered on that page, as well as the subsequent pages (one third of which contain stunningly beautiful halftone illustrations), is quite simply the most engaging collection of rhyming poetry since Carroll's original works were published nearly a century and a half ago. Part homage, part sequel, The Lost Rhymes traverses a Wonderland that is both familiar and not-so-familiar-from the wistful opening verse "Down the Rabbit-Hole Again" to the show-stopping "The Walrus & the Carpenter Head Back" (which picks up where the original left off, and delivers unto the titular characters their long overdue just desserts) to the masterful interweaving of the final seven verses, which collectively encompass the trial of the Knave of Hearts as it has never been seen before. With a canny ear for the dialect of Wonderland and a poetic style so fluid the words practically drip from page to tongue to ear with a deliciousness that borders decadence, Holden has crafted a most serious and lasting tome that is destined to become a classic in its own right.
DakenDark More than 1 year ago
If you like rhyming poetry (and I'm not talking about "the cat sat on the mat" style poetry), this book is definitely for you. It starts out with a breezy, dreamy quality that, much like the original Alice book, lulls you in before plunging you into the trippy world of Wonderland. The poetry flows smoothly and perfectly from chapter to chapter (or verse to verse) bringing every character to vivid life, while building to its manic courtroom climax...which pits the Mad Hatter against the March Hare in a wickedly delightful battle of wits. From the light and airy verses to the somewhat darker and scintillating ones, this book is a tribute and testament to the great rhyming poetry Lewis Carroll. As a side note: I love all the poems in this book, but special mention has to be given to "The Walrus & the Carpenter Head Back" - this one alone is worth the price of the book!
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
Alice in Verse is a whimsical, slightly dark look into Lewis Carroll's classic world that perfectly captures the wonderment of Wonderland. Fans of the original will be thrilled by author J.T. Holden's expansion of some of their favorite happenings in Wonderland, while new readers will thoroughly enjoy the clever rhyming storytelling. Those who have never read the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass may be a little confused at first about what exactly is going on, but it's easy to get sucked into the story and fall into its pages. Holden's verse is pitch-perfect and meant to be read aloud. The Cheshire cat, the Mad Hatter, and the Hare have some of the best moments in this book filled with great moments. The illustrations work magic in giving readers a new visual for a world we've become so accustomed too. Seeing the Cheshire cat as more of a mischievous Siamese just fits. Alice in Verse is a short, quick read, but well worth it. The book is a keeper for sure and something to be shared. Do not miss it.
AlisBookshelf More than 1 year ago
J.T. Holden does it again! I love the way he wraps his words around the story of Alice and Wonderland. I love his take on the story and couldn't wait to turn each page of this tremendous book! My favorite poem in the book would definitely have to be The Bottle & The Biscuit Box. I love how the words of this one poem created the amazing emotion of this part of the story. When Alice shrinks and then gets really big. I love the Tears part as well. Great poetry! I also really enjoyed how Alice woke up and the verses for that poem as well. Alice in Verse The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland is filled with imagination and what everyone who love the story of Alice in Wonderland would expect, but it still has its own way of describing the different parts! I can't wait to read more from this amazing poet. I love how J.T. Holden didn't change the story of Alice in Wonderland. That means a lot to me seeing as I love that story. I also enjoyed how his poetry sometimes is a bit dark, but to me it brings more to the story that way. Now I want to talk about the Illustrations in Alice in Verse The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland, simply put into one word...Perfection! I love looking at all the detail in every picture. Even the cover of this incredible book fits perfectly to the poetry inside. I can't get enough of the beautiful illustrations from Andrew Johnson!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of the poetry of Wonderland and Looking-Glass, you absolutely have to read this book. It's as if it were written by Lewis Carroll himself - and no, I am not exaggerating...not even a tiny a bit. This is without a doubt the finest book of rhyming literature in a very long time. Unlike the choppy, uneven rhymes in most children's books, the poetry in this one is so smooth and fluid it practically drips off the tongue. And like Carroll's original poetry, it is sharp, genuinely humorous, and meaningful. "The Knave of Hearts Repents" (particularly his extended verse to the Queen) is one of the most haunting poems I've ever read. And "The Walrus & the Carpenter Head Back" (which seems to be everyone's favorite) is nothing short of astonishing. I love this book - from the pitch-perfect poetry to the stunning illustrations, I love everything about it!
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