Review: Alice In Wonderland Graphic Novel

Alice was just an ordinary girl – imaginative and curious and thirsting for adventure. She was an ordinary girl, that is, until she found herself instantly transported to a place that was anything but ordinary.

After diving down a rabbit hole, young Alice encounters a magical world ruled by a vicious Queen. It is a world where anything can happen; a world filled with a talking caterpillar, a puppy as big as a house, and a Cheshire cat that can disappear and reappear in the blink of an eye. Are these colourful characters real? And if so, how will Alice ever find her way back home?

I’ve been approached by Campfire India to review some of their published works (I’ll be setting up a page especially for linking to reviews and with more information about them as soon as NaNoWriMo is over) and the first one I decided to read was their adaptation of Lewis Carrolls’ Alice In Wonderland.

Believe it or not I’ve loved the story of Alice since I was young, but I can’t stand the original. The original is badly written and Alice comes across as a wilful, rude little girl. Yet at the same time I love the concept and really believe that Wonderland and Alice’s tale should be best experienced as a visual one so naturally I love the idea of a graphic novel.

My first impressions just by holding it and flicking through the pages (a habit I reserve for graphic novels) were that the graphics were well done and the novel itself is rather good quality.

I reminded myself in the beginning that this novel is directed towards a younger audience and I think it would capture their attention. There is only one real problem I have with the graphics and that’s with the Cheshire Cat. When we first meet the cat it’s drawn as a plump cat without any markings, but the next time we come across it, it looks a tad underfed. After that it’s back to being plump, but this time with markings.

Other than that I didn’t find anything wrong with the graphics at all. The colours are lovely and bright, not only representing Wonderland, but eye catching as well. The graphics help to capture the madness that is Wonderland and I think they capture the expressions of the characters really well also.

As for the story itself, I’ve seen a lot of different adaptations of Alice and of course adaptations aren’t going to include everything even though they should with Alice because there’s not much to the book, but I found that the dialogue and sentencing was adopted from the book quite well. They’ve included a lot of different aspects of Alice’s height change, the shrinking fan and her difficulty with eating the mushroom being a part of that. There’s also the talking and running with the animals in the beginning and her time with the Mock Turtle and Gryphon which isn’t always included in other adaptations.

To top it all of there is information on the author, the creators are introduced with the line ‘ Sitting around the campfire, telling the story, were…’ and lastly a ‘This belongs to’ section which I think is all quite apt for a young audience.

  • Created By: Lewis Helfand, Rajesh Nagulakonda, and K.G. Prasanth
  • Genre: Classic Literature, Children’s
  • Comic or Graphic: Graphic Novel
  • Published: 2009 by Campfire
  • Adapted/Based: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Rating Out of Five: 4
  • Challenges: The Two Month Comic Challenge

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