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The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
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Oct 03, 09

Read in September, 2009

I remember reading about this when it came out a few years ago. Then, recently, a twelve-year-old recommended it. I looked up Beddor, and found out he produced 'There's Something about Mary,' definitely NOT a selling point for me. But maybe I should re-examine some of those stupid Farrelly Brothers comedies. I certainly thought 'The Looking Glass Wars' was an enticing project that Beddor carried off with aplomb (and some fun sophomoric humor). It was especially fascinating for me since I had recently read Adam Gopnik's 'The King in the Window,' which also has an 'Alice' connection. And not too long ago, I was impressed with Bryan Talbot's 'Alice in Sunderland.' Put the three together with the Lewis Carroll books and you'd have a fascinating little seminar. Made me want to look for more connections, like Siri Hustvedt's New York Times article on migraine (http://migraine.blogs.nytimes.com/200...), as well as read Beddow's accompanying 'Seeing Redd!'. Finally, any kidlit book that references 'Taxi Driver' ('Are you talking to me?') is OK by me.
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