A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Violence & Scariness
Battles with swords, knives, and guns; many deaths, including a beheading.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and drunkenness, smoking a hookah, imagination-enhancing drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this isn't a quaint nonsense story like the classic book that inspired it: There are violent battles, deaths, and beheadings. The heroine's mother dies.
Is It Any Good?
A sea-change is happening in children's book publishing, taking nearly a decade to come to its logical culmination in this book. Written by a movie producer, plotted and paced like a movie, and promoted like one too, THE LOOKING GLASS WARS is a book designed for one thing -- to grab kids by the seat of the pants and keep them excitedly turning the pages. It accomplishes its goal with verve and imagination.
Alice in Wonderland purists shouldn't even open the book -- this isn't for them. The Wonderland depicted here is both more horrific and more exciting than the surreal place Carroll imagined. Filled with monsters, magic, and a mixture of technologies, it's at once more fantastic and more grounded in the reality of war and totalitarian repression than its predecessor. Though The Looking Glass Wars is filled with topics for discussion (from literature to politics, history, and biography) and includes many parallels to events in today's world, this story is essentially fun -- well-written, well-constructed, lovingly thought-out and produced fun. It will do no harm at all to Carroll's classic -- which has always held more appeal for adults than children anyway -- and may interest a new generation of readers in the original.
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