Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" has been referenced in several Gilmore Girls episodes. In "Emily in Wonderland," Emily "falls through the rabbit hole" into Stars Hollow and sees Rory and Lorelai's world from the inside. In the "Road Trip to Harvard" episode, Lorelai and Rory stay at the Cheshire Cat bed and breakfast. In "Ballrooms and Biscotti" Rory gives her grandfather a pipe they bought in Coppenhagen. She shares, "They had a set of Alice in Wonderland [pipes] that mom wanted to get, but they way were too expensive, so we just got the Queen of Hearts."
While I know the basics of Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," it has been years since I have read it. Luckily, the Ridgefield Library had their "Reading Is a Family Affair" book discussion earlier this week, and the book chosen for the discussion was "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Stickfiguratively Speaking)" by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Jamison Odone.
Odone takes a unique approach to illustrating this classic. His characters are new and fresh. Alice is no longer the little blonde haired girl in the blue dress with a white apron. While I remembered the basic story events and characters, Odonen's illustrations made the story feel both familiar and brand new at the same time. Odone plays with words on the page and illustrations to tell parts of the story. The book reminded me a bit of Brian Selznick in that the reader had to read the pictures in addition to the words to get the entire story. The illustrations didn't just reiterate the words on the page.
For a new approach on a classic, I definitely would recommend this version of "Alice in Wonderland." Thank you to the wonderful librarians at Ridgefield Library for introducing me to this book, and thank you to the Friends of Ridgefield Library for making this event possible.