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A few more updated children’s books.  At least one actually exists.

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Alice and Alice and Even More Alice

The Tim Burton film opens Friday and, as is to be expected, there are many articles related to it and the book on which it is based.

One of my favorite writers ruminates on the favorite book of mine, some of its film adaptations,  and considers it alongside some other classical children’s books in  “AS Byatt on Alice in Wonderland.”  Lovely.

In the New York Times, Dave Kehr takes a close look at the 1933 Paramount film that is, I’m thrilled to learn, is finally available on DVD.  I’ve seen it (someone I knew had an old video of it they’d taped off the air) and while I can’t agree with Kehr that it  “… remains among the most faithful and insinuating of the dozens of films and television shows derived from the source material” I still enjoyed his close look at this oddly unknown film.

Over in Boston there is Don Aucoin weighing in with “There’s Something About ‘Alice'” with quotes from a number of familiar folks in the children’s lit world.

Then there is this article about the film:  Drinking Blood: New Wonders of Alice’s World. “Even before Alice becomes a combatant in a Manichean struggle between good and evil, dressed in armor and drinking her vanquished foe’s blood to return to her natural state, she walks across a moat filled with heads to infiltrate the Red Queen’s castle.” Yikes!

But I’m seeing it Friday at the IMAX no less. I’ll let you know what I think.

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