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Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland

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Have you ever wondered...

Who really stole the Queen's tarts? Whatever did become of the Walrus & the Carpenter after their nefarious jot down the briny beach with the little Oysters? Is there truly any sense to be found in nonsense at all?

Come follow Alice down the rabbit-hole once again as Lewis Carroll's timeless classic is reimagined through the lyrical language of
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Hardcover, 112 pages
Published December 18th 2009 by Candleshoe Books
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J.T. Holden
May 29, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves the original poetry of Lewis Carroll
It wouldn't be proper for me to rate and/or review this particular book since I happen to be the author of it. That said, I have read it countless times in preparation to publication, and it never bored me (for whatever that's worth ;-)

I do reckon it's OK for me to offer an opinion on Andrew's stunning artwork, which I feel is absolutely brilliant! Every writer should be as lucky to collaborate at least once with an artist as talented and giving as Andrew...and I've been lucky enough to do so tw
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Jael
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a first for me. A tale in verse.

Could it be as bad as a curse? No, it's Alice in Verse.

Take it from me, you'll want to see this journey.

This tale is retold again by J.T. Holden.

What do I think of this tale?

It's a tale for man, woman, and child.
It's a tale for all ages.

It's a tale full of magic, nothing tragic.

Alice is still that wide-eyed lass, who goes through the looking glass.
She's unafraid, she's very brave.
Just as before, in the story told many years before.
She goes down the ra
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Tiffany Spencer
Apr 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Alice In Verse: The Lost Rhymes
PLOT: Short, sweet, and simple this is the original classic story of Alice and Wonderland told in sections as poems. Some with their own creative twist and flair by the author.

MY THOUGHTS: I've had this on my wishlist shelf on Shelfari for a while. It was not what I expected. What I expected was "bonus" content from the story. Rhymes that had perhaps been written and then for whatever reason didn't get added to the story. Poetry I admit isn't my favorite form of wr
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Rebecca McNutt
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, fantasy, fiction
Only Lewis Carroll could've written this one better. Alice in Verse, a descendant of the classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, is just as imaginative and lyrical, taking the story that readers fell in love with and reworking it as poetry.
Megan
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What a beautifully done redux of Alice...in rhyme no less! If I hadn't read the preface, I would have thought it was written by Carroll! This books proves there is sense in the nonsense and many lessons to be learned! I can't wait to read it again! Alice purists will not be disappointed!
Zoe
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children (10 +), Teachers, Literature lovers, Fans of Alice in Wonderland
Recommended to Zoe by: The Childeren's Book Review
The Rebirth of the Rhyming Poem

Once upon a time rhyme was considered a perfectly legitimate form of poetic expression and was used to great effect by such poets as Millay, Donne, Whitman, Shakespeare, and Poe, to name a few. But somewhere along way, the rhyming poem fell from grace. Apart from the classics, rhyming poetry just isn't taken seriously anymore. In an ironic twist of fate, it was perhaps the poet most famous for his use of rhyme, Lewis Carroll, who tipped the first domino, inadverte
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AmandaSOTP
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011
I don't know how Derek from Candleshoe Books found out that I like all things Alice, but I'm so glad he did. And I'm so glad he offered to send me this to read and review. This little book, so unassuming from the cover, is filled with original and I must say beautifully written poems that follow up on some of Alice's encounters in Wonderland. The writing is superb. It flows freely and with purpose, leading you back to Wonderland and all the amazing people and animals first encountered in Lewis C ...more
Ali (Ali's Bookshelf )
J.T. Holden does it again! I love the way he wraps his words around the story of Alice and Wonderland. I love his take on the story and couldn't wait to turn each page of this tremendous book! My favorite poem in the book would definitely have to be The Bottle & The Biscuit Box. I love how the words of this one poem created the amazing emotion of this part of the story. When Alice shrinks and then gets really big. I love the Tears part as well. Great poetry! I also really enjoyed how Alice w ...more
Jesse
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland: 3.0 stars



I gave the book 3 stars with poor reasoning--I liked the art. If not for the art, I would have doled out 2 stars and called it a day.

Alice in Verse reads more like a nursery rhyme retelling of the original Lewis Carroll books, if you scrape out the guts until all that's left is a husk embroidered with the words "Look at me, I'm so clever, pay attention to me." The rhymes are often nonsensical, yet not in a clever Carroll-esque way; they spe
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Becky
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't tend to read much poetry, I've never really had a taste for it, I either don't understand what the meaning behind it is or I find it hard to read, but I was approached by the author with the offer to read and review this book and I had to say yes. Why? you may ask, because it's Alice of course. I have always been a fan of Alice In Wonderland and Lewis Carroll is one of the few people's who poetry I enjoy - I even recited some from his books at an English Event at school.
This book is love
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Callie Rose Tyler
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was a bit of a disappointment. I was expecting retellings or reimaginings but what I got were regurgitations of a story that I already know, and these verses did not do Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece justice. First off, I’m not sure why so many poems were devoted to the Knave of Hearts trial, I feel like in the original this scene is like four pages and my least favorite part of the story so why were half of the poems devoted to it?

Then there are the poems of poems, for example, the Walru
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Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
Alice in Verse is a whimsical, slightly dark look into Lewis Carroll’s classic world that perfectly captures the wonderment of Wonderland. Fans of the original will be thrilled by author J.T. Holden’s expansion of some of their favorite happenings in Wonderland, while new readers will thoroughly enjoy the clever rhyming storytelling.

Those who have never read the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass may be a little confused at first about what exactly is going on, but it
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Daken
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who's into rhymes
Recommended to Daken by: My girlfriend
This book is pure genius. My girlfriend gave it to me for Valentine's Day (I know, I know, Awwwwwww). At first I wasn't sure what to think about it, but she told me I would love it if I gave it a chance. I'm into rap, so I love a good rhyme, but I wasn't sure about kiddie rhymes without music, so I was surprise to say the least. The rhymes in this book are definitely not kiddie rhymes. They're smooth and sharp and at times even wicked, with some of the quickest exchanges I've ever heard (you got ...more
Kaitlyn Saunders
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After I was so heavily impressed with the other JT Holden book I read, I decided that I would acquire a copy of Alice in Verse, and I was very pleased that it was not only at the same level of quality as Twilight Tales, but it was better.
As always, the poetry had great rhythm and rhyme. I would definitely recommend reading it aloud, possibly as a bedtime story. I loved the wonderland theme and I particularly enjoyed how he handled the caterpillar and the Mad Hatter.
My only problem with the boo
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Shannon
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This particular Alice rendition is a delightfully quick read, easily getting to the point in a fashion both entertaining and clever. I haven't ever come accross a collection of poetry quite like this, but goodness knows an Alice fanatic could never pass up something like this.

My parents had gotten me this book this past Christmas and certainly knew what they were doing - 'Alice in Verse' is absolutely wonderful. Quick readers could probably have this down in a matter of hours.

Between the poetr
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Alicia Evans
This book uses verse to retell the two _Alice_ texts while also giving extra tidbits to the stories we already know. We get to see some extra things happen to the characters and get a few questions answered. It did get very repetitive to have so many of the poems have the same cadence, but I also know that they were modeled after Carroll's work and thus supposed to fit his cadence.


For: fans of _Alice_, fantasy, adaptation, and nonsense

Not for: those who do not enjoy poetry; those wanting to rea
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Star
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Alice in Verse is a must read for all Alice in Wonderland and poetry fans alike. The author has such a keen wit and deft hand which is beautifully expressed in the rhymes in this book. Not just a compelling re-imagining of the familiar story, but work that Mr. Carroll himself would be easily convinced was his own. The illustrations only add to the wonderment and magical atmosphere created by the author. Very highly recommended!
A.J. Culpepper
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly good. If you enjoy poetry, I recommend this read. However, if you are a fan of Lewis Carroll I recommend it even more as you'll probably derive even more from the hidden references and innuendos. Overall, some really great poetry. Of them all, only one of two poems felt off to me but still managed to be thoroughly enjoyable.
Lara
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! A delightful, quick read- one I plan to repeat many times over. I loved Holden's poetry and the deviously creative liberties he took with some aspects of the original stories- especially the bit with the Carpenter and the Walrus. >=] Definitely would like to find a physical copy of this book for my collection!
Jayla Johnson
Jun 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, fantasy
Interesting poems to read!
Mehsi
May 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
I expected more from this. Most of the verses were not really flowing and were boring. The pictures were nice, but I also found them scary.
Rebecca Sanders
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you are fan of Alice, this is a must-read!
Victor
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it


great illustrations! so-so verse.
Amanda
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked the premise that the story was told to the author by his(her) grandfather who had heard it from Lewis Carroll.
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J.T. Holden is the author of three books of rhyming poetry: Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland ("A compilation of masterful original poetry" —The Children's Book Review), Twilight Tales: A Collection of Chilling Poems ("Filled with atmospheric rhymes...vivid images and palpable tension" —Foreword Reviews), and O The Dark Things You'll See! ("A delightfully dark sendup to Dr. Seuss's Oh ...more