Title: The Complete Alice in Wonderland
Authors: Lewis Carroll, Leah Moore, and John Reppion
Illustrator: Erica Awano
Type: Fiction, Comic/Graphic
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors
Date Published: April 19 2016
Page Count: N/A
E-copy of the book kindly provided, in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: Join Alice on her whimsical journey down the rabbit hole. For the first time ever, Lewis Carroll’s beloved masterpiece is faithfully adapted and illustrated in its entirety, including the long-lost chapter, “The Wasp in a Wig!” From her initial meeting with the White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, to her final dinner party with the entire (and outrageous) Through the Looking Glass cast, every moment of Alice’s adventures in that astonishing landscape is captured in gorgeous detail. With old favorites like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter joined now by a long-forgotten Carroll creation, The Wasp, in one of the book’s latter chapters, children and adults alike can rediscover the complete Alice tale and fall in love with Wonderland all over again!
I was excited to see that someone had put together a comic book / graphic novel version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, as it’s one of my favourite stories. I do recommend that everyone read the original classic, but I do like that this book may get children, young adults, and even adults interested in Carroll’s world, which then in turn may make them become interested in other classics (if they are not already).
Imagine my disappointment when I sit down to read this graphic novel, and I find that while the illustrations themselves were obviously made by someone who is very talented, the quality of the images is almost horrible.
Some of the images are blurry and/or very pixelated, and for me personally, this takes very much out of the joy of reading this book. Some of the characters have been rendered very interestingly and in an intriguing manner, but the poor image quality made it impossible for me to fully enjoy this book.
The writing, on the other hand, was of perfect quality, and very easy to read. The amount of text-per-panel was also kept at a tasteful amount, where there was enough text to explain what is going on in each panel, without taking away from, or obscuring the illustrations.
It may be that the e-book version which I was sent, is the only version which contains these low quality images, although I checked previews for the book on other sites, and noted the same lack of quality in the way in which the images were printed.
I may recommend this book for children, as they may not notice the issues which I had with the quality of the illustrations, but I am not sure whether I would recommend it to anyone who is somewhere between being a teenager and an adult, as they may likely notice what I did.