Title: Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland
Author: retold by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Mary Blair
Rating: 5/5 stars
This was an enjoyable find for someone who loves animation and Disney history as much as I do. It is a retelling by Jon Scieszka of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, following the animated film version of the story. What delighted me most about this book is the accompanying illustrations by Mary Blair. Blair's preliminary storyboard sketches are used to illustrate Scieszka's retelling of the story. I love Disney animation, and to be able to see some of these earlier sketches is a real treat for me.
Blair was one of the most important artists of her time with Disney, influencing the look of such films as Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and Peter Pan, in addition to numerous other projects including some of the theme park attractions at Disneyland (most notably the It's a Small World ride).
The retelling of the story is very simple, and based entirely on the Disney animated film version of the story. It's a simplistic retelling, geared towards kids, but still a fun little read. Accompanied by Blair's illustration, this is a real gem of a little book!
I think I'm going to shut From My Bookshelf down for a while; maybe for good. I've been putting this together for quite a few years now and it's starting to feel a bit more of a chore. I'll keep my Goodreads & Instagram connected, but with the state of the world right now, I just want to read without worrying about making sure I post something about it. Who knows - when the world starts to make some semblance of sense again, I may start actively posting here again. Until then, as always, happy reading!