I asked my cousin to do an honest review of this book so that our followers could get another perspective than the usual views of Kristen and myself. Just a little background. My cousin is a girl and is 13 years old. This might be important knowledge when reading the following review. Please enjoy!
Kelsey's review for this same novel is right HERE
Reviewer: A secret grade 8 student who shall remain nameless
Author: Lewis Carroll
Summary (borrowed from Goodreads but hardly a full description as the novel reviewed was comprised of both the first and the second in this series): Bored on a hot afternoon, Alice, a bright and inquisitive child, follows a white rabbit down a rabbit-hole, and finds herself in Wonderland, a very odd place indeed. This unique story mixes satire and puzzles, comedy and anxiety, Mock Turtles and Gryphos to provide an astute description of the experience of childhood.
Cousin's Thoughts on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: [some editing]
I specifically asked Kelsey for this book because of its weirdness and original story line. Though sometimes I had to read over some things just because of the way things were described or told. At one point I had my mom read a chapter to me just so I would understand what was happening.
Overall I think the writing and describing was very well done seeing that what he was writing was so original and unique. The book really caught my interest because the book itself is described so well and it’s a classic. That just cant be beat!
I do have to say that like any book it did have its ups and downs. My least favorite part was when Alice grew too big in the White Rabbits house because it was kind of confusing when all the creatures were talking. Enough of what I didn’t like in this book! My favorite part was when the three cards where trying to paint all the roses red because they accidentally planted white roses instead. This totally reminded me of all the things that I have done on accident and had to fix before anyone saw. Like the time I spilled something on the carpet and had to race around the house trying to find the carpet cleaner to get the stain out before my parents got home.
For the record, I loved all the characters in this book, but there are two that really stood out to me. The crazy and confused Mad Hatter was one, for always ending up in places he shouldn’t be and for his historically acclaimed question, “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” And the snippy March Hair for all his remarks to Alice when she came to the tea party.
I think anyone who wants to read this novel needs to be a good reader and need to be able to think while they're reading. Keep in mind that if you over think this, you’ll give your self the biggest headache ever!! Plus, you can’t find any other book like this great original.
Cousin's Thoughts on Through the Looking Glass: [some editing]
Since I liked Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I was compelled to read the second story of her travels. To me, this one was easier to understand than the first. I’m not sure if it was because I was so used to reading the first book and the way it was written or if this book was generally easier to understand. The writing was just as good in this book as it was in the first one. I liked the story line in this one better because it was all planed out [via a chess board] in the beginning so you sort of know what to expect (depending on if you could remember).
Just like the first book, this one did have its ups and downs. My least favorite part was when Alice arrived at the store where the sheep handed her oars and they were gliding along between banks because during that time I found it very boring and a little confusing because they where in the store, but not in the store at the same time. My favorite part was when Alice was walking with the White Night, because the way the book described him was weird and original with all his inventions.
My favorite character in this book was the White Night because of all of his silly and unique ideas and just the way he acts. Plus, the way he rides a horse is just hilarious!
My overall impression of the book was very good. Therefore I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the first one.
So there you have it folks.