Curiouser and curiouser!
In this imaginative prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice finds herself at a gray, dreary boarding school that is decidedly up the rabbit hole. From the relentless clocks to the beastly students, Alice's world is void of color and cheer—until Alice finds a secret garden and begins tending its wilting inhabitants. When Alice's love touches an ordinary caterpillar, a lory bird, and a white rabbit, magical things will happen—and that, as you know, is just the beginning of the story. Filled with literary allusions and clever nods to its classic roots, Alice's Magic Garden is a delightful prequel that begs an escape to the whimsy of Wonderland.
Henry Herz writes fantasy and science fiction for children. He and his sons wrote Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes (Pelican, 2015), When You Give an Imp a Penny (Pelican, 2016), Mabel and The Queen of Dreams (Schiffer, 2016), Little Red Cuttlefish (Pelican, 2016), Cap'n Rex His Clever Crew (Sterling, 2017), Good Egg & Bad Apple (Schiffer, 2018), How the Squid Got Two Long Arms (Pelican, 2018), Alice's Magic Garden (Familius, 2018), Two Pirates + One Robot (Kane Miller, 2019), and Sherlock Chick & Bunny Watson (Pelican, 2019).
"Paintings in lovely pastel shades take over, and from then on, Alice's world changes. She is depicted in color, while the rest of her unkind classmates stay black and white, even when they enter the idealized garden. Her kindness to creatures she finds in the garden—a rabbit, a caterpillar, and a lory bird (a type of small parrot)—endear her to them, and they, in turn, become characters familiar from the classic . . . Best of all, the magical trio promises friendship forever"
"This is a cute story that will demonstrate the importance of kindness to youngsters".
—San Francisco Book Review