After ten years of being told she can't tell the difference between real life and a fairy tale, Alice finally stops believing in Wonderland. So when the White Rabbit shows up at her house, Alice thinks she's going crazy. Only when the White Rabbit kicks her down the rabbit hole does Alice realize that the magical land she visited as a child is real. But all is not well in Wonderland.
The Ace of Spades has taken over Wonderland and is systematically dismantling all that makes it wonderful. Plain is replacing wondrous, logical is replacing magical, and reason is destroying madness. Alice decides she must help the Mad Hatter and all those fighting to keep Wonderland wonderful. But how can she face such danger when she is just a girl?
Alice must journey across the stars to unite an army. She discovers that fairy tales are real in the magical world beyond the rabbit hole. But they are not the fairy tales she knows. Fairy tales have dangers and adventures of their own, and Alice must overcome the trials of these old stories if she wants to unite the lands against Ace.
With the help of Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Snow White, and heroes old and new, Alice may have the strength to take back Wonderland.
|Publisher:||Tantor Media, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
David D. Hammons is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Code of Magic, Don't Eat the Glowing Bananas, and A Fool for Europe.
Actor and voice-over artist Mary Sarah is known for her subtle, emotionally potent performances. Classically trained at the Riverside Shakespeare Academy and the Film Actors Studio in New York City, Mary narrates books filled with adventure, mystery, and romance.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We start with 7 year old Alice finding herself in Wonderland. Although it is a short visit, she cannot seem to get Wonderland out of her head. It has taken 10 years of different people and doctors teller her that this is all made up. After years of seeing everyone under the sun, being moved to another school, and being drugged, Alice has come to terms that Wonderland doesn’t exist. Then the white rabbit appears and takes her back to Wonderland. Unfortunately Wonderland is no more. The Ace of Spades has taken over and has decided to remove all magic and wonder from everything. Basically he wants to make another world just like ours. Alice is given the task to save Wonderland and all of the fairytales. I love anything Wonderland so I jumped at the opportunity to review this book. This is not your traditional Alice in Wonderland. Alice comes from our time in Missouri. I find it heartbreaking how she just kept being told that Wonderland is not real, seeing all those doctors and such, and finally being drugged into a zombie. Although I also admit that her nonsense did get a bit overwhelming at times. The fairytales were a great addition to the Wonderland story. They just fit in perfectly when you think about it. I love the adventures Alice goes on in trying to save all of the lands. I admit that the Cheshire Cat is my favorite character and it makes you wonder about what he is really seeing. If you love Alice in Wonderland or just fairytales, you will love this book. Think of Once Upon a Time and you are right there. I strongly recommend you read this book. As for me, I will be keeping my eyes open for other books by David Hammons. I received this book for free from Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review.
To read my full review, please visit http://www.ygreadallover.wordpress.com I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for a good fairy-tale, so the recent boom in their re-tellings has been especially thrilling for me. The fairy tale industry has blossomed in several arenas lately. From Once Upon A Time, to the Lunar Chronicles, fairy tales are being retold and reformed in a million different ways. While each of these is fabulous in its own right, what made Alice Takes Back Wonderland unique is that it doesn’t add so many elements that it makes the original story unrecognizable within its retelling. Alice Takes Back Wonderland maintains the integrity of the stories we grew up with, know, and love. I loved the fact that in expanding upon Alice’s story, David Hammond introduced a menagerie of characters we’ve come to recognize from Disney, Hans Christen Anderson, The Brothers Grimm, and even ancient mythology. Not only does he reintroduce us to these former heroes of our childhood, but he tells a story in which each of these character’s lives is intertwined with that of the others. Although not a complete departure, the storybook characters Alice meets when she endeavors to take back Wonderland do differ slightly from those we’ve grown up with. While he is introducing new content to these stories, and certainly shining characters such as Robin Hood in a light in which we may not have previously seen them, Mr. Hammons does so in a way that doesn’t retract from, but rather adds to, the classic fairy tale quality and feel of the stories. At first, as anyone likely would be, I was slightly thrown off by the changes. However, the reasoning for it was awesome. It was so awesome, in fact, that as the story went on, the character and plot differences only added to the fairy-tale quality and therefore my love for the overall book. You see, fairytales, while presented in our world in books, pictures and cartoons, are simply echoes. They echo another world altogether that as we age, we forget exists, idealize, and convince ourselves is just a figment of our own imagination. Speaking of differences, can we talk for a second about setting? David Hammond brings us back to Wonderland and Neverland; both of which we are familiar with and could practically draw from memory, but in the course of the story, he also introduces us to the land of Grimm. As you can imagine, this is where many of the other tales we are familiar with take place. Given that we have little cohesive context of what this magical place looks or feels like, Mr. Hammond did a fabulous job of showing us. While going into too much detail would spoil it for future readers, I will say this: Imagine that a unicorn was playing MineCraft. What would that look like? Ladies and gentlemen, there you have it….the land of Grimm. It was all colors, and crystals, and imaginative architecture…in a word, it was beautiful. It was everything one would imagine Grimm to be and more. While this novel isn’t at all similar to anything I’ve read of late, or even comparable to any of the other novels that I’ve given to full five stars to, for what it was, it was exquisite. I read in the author’s biography that C.S. Lewis is a personal hero of his, and I think he’s done Mr. Lewis proud in the writing of this wonderful book.
I got this book through NetGalley for an honest review. First off, WHAT A BEGINNING. I was floored. I loved the Chesire Cat right away, and usually I find him a disagreeable character. This book sucked me in and held me and I loved it. As I went on, the mashup of different characters was fun but unfocused. I felt like there was a lot to be said trying to fit into one little book. The story itself might have benefited from being split up a little, letting readers have a sequel to look forward to. I do wish I had seen more of Alice's sister before she was led back to Wonderland. And I wasn't really at all convinced that she had truly left Wonderland behind. But the Ace of Spades as a villain? The best--or worst--kind of tyranny. If you like fairy tales and awesome beginnings, pick up this book. The rest of the book is good too, just not earth-shatteringly great like the beginning was. The first five pages are important, yes, but they also set expectations for the rest of the novel. Overall, one of the better retellings. Fans of Wonderland and fairy tales will adore it.