Alice in New York: The Big Apple Through The Looking Glass
- By: Atomic Antelop
- Version: 1.0.
- Genre: Interactive book, children’s fiction
- Platforms: iPad Only
- Price: 8.99
- SAHGeekMom Rating: 4.25 Stars
- Recommended Age: 10+
Alice in New York is the clever follow-up to App Store classic by the same company, Alice for iPad (and iPhone.)
This story, while clearly inspired by Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There is not so much a sequel to Wonderland as it is a mash-up.
The beloved Carroll cast of misanthropes are set in the hustle and bustle of The Big City.
While the price tag is on the high side, at $8.99, Atomic Antelope (I STILL love that name) once again delivers an e-book that is just plain fun. And don’t get me going on the relative cost compared to book stores.
They use the iPad’s capabilities to their full advantage to bring John Tenniel’s iconic illustrations to life again (see my best books for young readers here) but this time in whole new context.
Most of Carroll’s characters and even some of his text are present in this offbeat contemporary restaging.
I had to chuckle to find [The Mad] Hatta behind bars in advance of his trial, which is, of course, in advance of his crime; and Humpty Dumpty teetering up on a crowded construction girder made me lol for real.
27 pages are dedicated to illustrations and interactive features, and additional animations are spread liberally through the text. Here take a look:
There are moments when you can feel the author straining to recapture the dulcet Victorian cadences that lend Carroll’s work a timeless quality, but those instances seem forced.
If you read the story as an ironic modern recasting of Alice, rather than a sequel, you will be well pleased. There is a lot of humour here for readers of any age.
There is no read-aloud feature and the text is not simple, I don’t recommend this for the preschool crowd. But if you have a reader between the ages of 10 and 110 this book is a great choice on your new iPad2 or your classic iPad.
Instead it pays a silly yet reverent tribute and brings readers on a journey that Carroll and his “nieces” would have thoroughly enjoyed
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