Review: Alice in Wonderland by Rod Espinoza

Alice in WonderlandSource: Dark Horse/Netgalley – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation.
Publisher: Dark Horse
Edition: Egalley, 128 pages
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy Retelling
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble *
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 3/5

Lewis Carroll’s classic tale Alice in Wonderland is adapted to comics by Rod Espinosa (The Courageous Princess, A Christmas Carol: The Night That Changed the Life of Eliza Scrooge).

The curious Alice follows a flustered white rabbit to a magical land of talking animals, evil queens, and enough riddles to strain any logically inclined brain. It’s all here: a hookah-smoking caterpillar, a mad hatter, potions to drink, cookies to eat, and a Cheshire cat. Alice discovers that Wonderland may be a fascinating place to visit, but you don’t want to live there…

Eisner and Ignatz Award-nominated Rod Espinosa adapts one of the most popular tales of all time, Lewis Carroll’s Alice!

While Alice in Wonderland is not necessarily my favorite book, I find myself constantly in search of things Alice related. So every time I see a new adaptation or retelling I practically trip all over myself to get it, this was no exception.

The wonderful thing about Espinosa’s adaptation is that it’s fairly straightforward and takes the most memorable moments of the book and illustrates them. Of course if you are like me, you sort of enjoy all the twists and turns Alice is forced into so it was a bit too simple, but this is perfect for younger readers who have an interest in the whimsical classic.

I personally love the art style because of it’s similarity to that of manga art work, especially when Alice makes goofy faces. I ended up getting quite a laugh because of the Mad Hatter who looks eerily similar to a very short Jay Leno. The use of color helps to get the feel and mood across, so if you don’t know the story or the trouble she gets into then it sort of cues the emotions you would get in the full text book.

I’d certainly consider buying this for the middle grade aged readers who are hesitant to read the actual book. It doesn’t pull in all of the story so that they can easily hop into the text and get more than they experienced in this one…it’s also a fairly good companion piece for the book.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

3 star

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5 Responses to Review: Alice in Wonderland by Rod Espinoza

  1. Christy @ Love of Books says:

    This does sound cool, but the cover has me rolling.. The Mad Hatter looks like Jay Leno and the Caterpillar looks like… haha.. I won’t say.

  2. I actually haven’t read anything Alice related but I love reading reviews of it. The art in this one makes it sound especially special.;
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. I like the sounds of this, and I haven’t actually read any Alice related books except for Alice in Zombieland and that really wasn’t a retelling. Great review:)

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