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Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland

General Information:

Media Type: Book
Type: Childrens Book
Release Date: 2008-09-02

Geek's Thoughts: I was sent this book to take a look at and I was pleasantly surprised. I thought the concept of melding inspirations/concept artwork from an animated film with a retelling of a classic story by a children's writer makes for an interesting idea. This book takes the artwork done by Mary Blair for the 1951 animated film and married it with a narrative written by Jon Scieszka. The result is a 64 page hard cover book with great original artwork targeted to those with a reading level ages four through eight.


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Copyright c 2008 Disney Enterprises, Inc. Published by Disney Press, an imprint of Disney Book Group
I really enjoyed flipping through the book and looking at the unique artwork Mary Blair created for the film. This seems to be a great way to introduce a new generation to this art that was the inspiration and backbone for the film. I also found the format, 10.7 inches x 8.6 inches with the illustrations taking up the full page, to be a perfect way to view them and a decent size. The images above and below are sample page spreads. Here you can get a feel for the format of this book and the great artwork.

I cannot comment too much on the narrative as I am not that familiar with current works written for this age group, so if anyone is more familiar or has children and would like to share their thoughts please do. I know that it did manage to grab my attention to see how to matched up to the visuals and I found myself reading the book
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Copyright c 2008 Disney Enterprises, Inc. Published by Disney Press, an imprint of Disney Book Group
For those Disney park geeks out there two of Mary Blair's projects you may be familiar with are Small World (the design, not the song) as well as the giant murals at Walt Disney World's Contemporary Resort and the old Tomorrowland ones at Disneyland. Back in the 40s and 50s she was in the animation department working on concept art and backgrounds for the animated features.

Jon Scieszka has authored more than 20 children's books, including The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! and Caldescott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.

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