Parents' Guide to

The Looking Glass Wars, Book 1

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

The violent "truth" behind Alice in Wonderland.

Book Frank Beddor Fantasy 2006
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

A good book for young or old

I love this book. My best friends son and i love reading and its a challenge to find a book we bolth like and this was a perfect match. I love how Beddor changed the names ( the mad hatters real name Is Hatter Madigan) the story never laged or got borring. It's a page turner that you wont want to put down. There is some violence, Alyss family is killed in the beginning of the book.
age 11+

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Anyone who remembers the original Alice in Wonderland will truly be in awe of Beddor's creativity and his interpretation of Alyss and Wondertropolis!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (12 ):

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.

Book Details

  • Author: Frank Beddor
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Publication date: September 26, 2006
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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