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One fun day with Lewis Carroll : a celebration of wordplay and a girl named Alice

A celebration of wordplay and a girl named Alice
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One fun day with Lewis Carroll : a celebration of wordplay and a girl named Alice
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New York, New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]
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29 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 29 cm
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The wordsmith Lewis Carroll is famed for the freewheeling world of Wonderland in his beloved classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. In this gloriously illustrated picture book, Carroll's childlike love of life is showcased alongside his brilliance at creating and adapting playful words and phrases.
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The wordsmith Lewis Carroll is famed for the freewheeling world of Wonderland in his beloved classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass . In this gloriously illustrated picture book, Carroll's childlike love of life is showcased alongside his brilliance at creating and adapting playful words and phrases. From brillig and uglification to frumious and chortle, the award-winning author Kathleen Krull uses many of Carroll's own words to tell the story of a man who wanted to make children laugh and whose legacy continues to entertain and delight.


Author Notes

Kathleen Krull  is well known for her award-winning nonfiction for young people, including the Lives of � series. She lives in San Diego, California. www.kathleenkrull.com
 
J�lia Sard� has illustrated everything from classic children's books to concept art for merchandise and video games. She lives in Barcelona. www.juliasarda.com


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-This short introduction to Lewis Carroll's personality emphasizes his keen ability for storytelling; his bizarre characters and tales; his penchant for imaginative play, which endeared him to his 10 younger siblings and friends' children; and his talent for wordplay that has kept his stories alive throughout a century and a half. The real Alice of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There was 10 years old, and "like the Queen of Hearts, a bit bossy." Descriptive words invented by Carroll are printed in red and described in a glossary at the end, followed by two pages of biographical information about the famed author and his writings. Sardà's colorful, highly decorative illustrations are filled with patterned clothing, costumes, birds, butterflies, and flowers, all set against stark white pages. Renditions of Carroll's well-known characters are sprinkled throughout. VERDICT This -fabulous short introduction to Carroll and the world and language he created is a great lead-in to his famous stories for young people.-Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Public Library, OH © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Krull's playful biography of Lewis Carroll highlights the many words that Carroll himself coined: "Their burbles of delight would brighten the tulgey wood around them." Each word is color-coded to indicate the Carroll work it appears in, and there's a glossary, as well. An unmarried professor of logic and mathematics, Carroll cultivated relationships with the children of his friends, inventing stories for them and taking them on expeditions. As many know, the story of Alice in Wonderland was first told to a girl of that name on a summer rowing outing; Krull includes a longish synopsis, allowing the introduction of yet more Carrollisms. Sardà's sly set pieces resemble the domestic scenes she created for The Lizsts; they show Carroll and his child friends in Victorian dress, playing hide-and-seek in stuffy drawing rooms and out picnicking. But the Alice in Wonderland sequence gives Sardà more scope-a dazzling spread of Alice chasing the White Rabbit through surreal flowers of scarlet and gold shows that hers is a bold, versatile talent. Ages 6-9. Author's agent: Susan Cohen, Writers House. Illustrator's agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Krull's latest is at once a picture-book biography (of Charles Dodgson), a literary history (telling how the Alice books came to be), and a celebration of language. Throughout this triple-decker delight, words, phrases, and concepts imagined by Dodgson, referred to familiarly as Lewis, are highlighted and then explained in a glossary that is color-coded by which of his works the words originally appeared. It's a masterful accomplishment as not a page goes by without a brillig or a vorpal, a tumtum or a tove. It all makes perfect sense, from Dodgson's childhood through his creation of works that have become a part of the childhood of millions, all of which is enhanced with an illuminating author's note and source list. Barcelona-based Sardà has crafted illustrations that match the text whimsy-for-whimsy, referencing the source material while still creating their own distinctive enchantment. She integrates fantasy with reality and shifts perspectives and layouts with élan, and in the process has created at least one double-page spread that would make for some awesome psychedelic wallpaper. This is an informative gem with lots of applicability and amusement for libraries, schools, and homes.--Medlar, Andrew Copyright 2017 Booklist