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School Library Journal - 02/01/2018 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 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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