Classic Book Review

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland By: Lewis Carroll Illustrated By: Robert Ingpen

Alices Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland By: Lewis Carroll Illustrated By: Robert Ingpen

Plot:

One day, a young girl named Alice is sitting on the riverbank with her sister, when she sees a curious looking white rabbit. She soon after falls into the magical world of Wonderland, where she meets a series of strange creatures.

Review:

This is one of the books that’s been on my To Read list for a while. I’ve seen a few Wonderland movies/adaption’s so I didn’t feel a rush to read the source material. However, at a recent trip to Barnes and Noble, with my mother-in-law, we found this copy and it was so beautiful she had to buy it for me. So I decided to read it to my daughter. She’s only seventeen months old, but I wanted to have something that I could read out loud to her while she played. So every couple of days I read a chapter to her. She seemed to really like the pictures but couldn’t care less about the story, which is understandable for her age.

Story wise there were no surprises, everything was pretty weird, and I thought Carroll did an excellent job making me feel like I was in the dream of a child. The imagery was nice and random and occasionally I got bored. How long can you listen to someone tell you their dream? It was still a cute story.

Illustration wise I cannot recommend this edition enough. Robert Ingpen has done an amazing job bringing the story to life. The pictures are beautiful to look at and reflect the stories whimsical qualities. Love him!

4/5

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By: Mark Twain

Sadly not the edition I read

Sadly not the edition I read

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By: Mark Twain

Plot:

Of all the contenders for the title of The Great American Novel, none has a better claim than The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Intended at first as a simple story of a boy’s adventures in the Mississippi Valley – a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – the book grew and matured under Twain’s hand into a work of immeasurable richness and complexity. More than a century after its publication, the critical debate over the symbolic significance of Huck’s and Jim’s voyage is still fresh, and it remains a major work that can be enjoyed at many levels: as an incomparable adventure story and as a classic of American humor.

Review:

This is the first book in my list of Classics I Should Read, as well as the oldest books on my to read pile. This year I’ve been trying to read more classics, non-fiction, and whittle down my to read pile. It’s taken a while but I’m finally getting there. There are just so many books!

The next time I hear someone say kids today are violent I’m going to point them in the direction of Huckleberry Finn. The very beginning of the book is Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn along with several other boys deciding they were going to be bandits and kill and steal from people. And if anyone was a rat their whole family would be killed.

The language was great, though at time hard to keep up with. It added another stop on my time travel vacation (the vacation I’ll take when I gain access to a time machine), I would love to hear Mark Twain read one of his stories. I bet it’s amazing.

I loved the first third or so, when it was just Huck and Jim. They got into scrapes and Huck had an interesting point of view on things. When the duke and the king joined them I didn’t find it as fun. They were conmen, to an extent so was Huck, but they were greedy. I was glad when he was finally free of them but what they did to Jim sucked. Then Tom Sawyer had to show up and cock things up again.

Everything was tied up by the end, which I always enjoy, but ultimately I only really liked reading the first third of the book. That’s not fair, I did laugh a couple times at the end with Tom Sawyer and his hijacks.

3.5/5

Side note: Symbolism is lost on me so I’m sure I missed some stuff.