BOOK REVIEW: Alice in Wonderland – Big Golden Book

This over-sized wonder is a nice retelling of Lewis Carroll’s famous story of a little girl who falls into a rabbit hole and has some… pretty strange adventures.

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9 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ with 22 pages

We’ve all heard of the Little Golden Books. Published since 1942, the line originally featured standard themes like the alphabet, prayers, barnyard animals, and bedtime stories. Later the line branched out and started releasing stories based on licensed properties from companies like Disney.

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Back Cover

Undeniably the artwork is beautiful and is attributed to the Walt Disney Studio as adapted by Al Dempster from Disney’s motion picture version.

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It’s time to start the story! Let’s look at a few pages from the book:

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Walt Disney’s version of the story (1951) didn’t really work with audiences upon its theatrical release but has become more popular in recent times. Some even think that little Alice should be one of the Disney Princesses, but this wouldn’t make much sense, as she doesn’t come from or marry into royalty.

This Big Golden Book may have been more popular than the movie as the edition I have is the 29th printing as of 1976. And there is no denying that these books are popular overall, for at the time of the lines’ Golden Anniversary, Golden Books claimed that a billion and a half Little Golden Books had been sold!

I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars, as it achieves all that a book of this kind, aimed at young children, would need to achieve. And really, how do you argue with the success of a book that has 29 or more printings to its credit?

Want more Alice? Check out my earlier post entitled Kathryn Beaumont Live-Action Film and see what the voice actress was up to before she fell into the rabbit hole for Disney.

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