Curiouser and curiouser. Can you believe Alice in Wonderland is celebrating its 150 anniversary? In honor of this momentous occasion, I was invited to read Alicewinks, an animated retelling of the unabridged story written by Lewis Carroll. The highlights of this ibook were the rich narration, artistic incorporation of many Alices, and the unique reading experience it provided.
- Narration: Reading the 19th century fantasy may leave many young readers wondering if they themselves have fallen down a rabbit hole. Having the story read aloud through rich narration brings a greater comprehension.
- Artistic Representation: Alicewinks combines “19th century fantasy, 20th century imagery, and 21st century technology.” When I picture Alice in Wonderland, I automatically think of the Disney movie version. However, 20th century artists had the freedom to envision her without such an iconic figure. Alicewinks showcases the work of many artists with their own spin on the Alice character, my favorites being those by Mabel Lucie Attwell. Throughout reading, you’ll see 185 original prints from the vintage editions of the book. My young audience was able to follow along without getting confused by the changing vision of the lead & minor characters.
- Unique & Interactive Experience: The illustrated pages come to life through engaging animation. Because I was reading (ok, listening) the book on my iPad, I could delve deeper into the pictures and accompanying video.
The story of Alice is one that I treasure, and as her popularity has not waned in 150 years, I’m sure I’m not alone. This is a great literary experience for those who want a more dynamic and updated reading of Carroll’s iconic tale. It was a little over the head of my 3 and 5 year olds, despite their interest in seeing what the technology could do. Because this is an ibook, and not an app, it was a relatively new experience for them.
Alicewinks is available through Amazon, Google Play, and the iBookstore. Because it is designed for tablets, it wouldn’t play on my laptop. Downloading the ibook took forever, but when I saw all of the content it included it made sense.
This ibook is a great fit for older children who are looking for engaging reading or for adults who love the story of Wonderland. It’d make a great merry unbirthday gift!
In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland, Alicewinks brings the story’s classic illustrations to life for digital audiences through animated video and rich narration. To download this one of a kind iBook, visit iTunes.com/alicewinks
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alicewinks. The opinions and text are all mine.