Friday, November 25, 2005

Wonderland, Witches, and War

Julia Eccleshare lists her favorite books for the 2005 holiday season.

Helen Oxenbury's illustrated version of Lewis Carroll's Alice Through the Looking Glass makes the list. I love Oxenbury's illustrations for Alice as she humanizes the stories for littler or more sensitive children. As Eccleshare notes, Oxenbury, "interprets the world through the looking-glass benignly. The Red Queen, though very red, is comfortably dumpy, which makes her less frightening when she loses her temper."

Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart's Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs makes the list. It's on its way to our house as well.

Also included is Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch Saves the Day (perfect for the pre-Potter reader) and Christianna Brand's Nurse Matilda (with illustrations by Edward Ardizzone).