Whoopi Goldberg Alice

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Awakening on an empty bus with a mysterious key around her neck and a rabbit companion, urban girl Alice embarks on a fantastical adventure involving a magician, a live stone lion, and a witch. 75,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo. All ages.

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This richly illustrated urban fairy tale based on Alice in Wonderland, written by the award-winning performer, Whoopi Goldberg, is an uproarious, heart-stopping romp through the big bad city as Alice, who has won a fantastic and mysterious prize, attempts to claim it. Along the way, she meets a loony cast of characters including a nervous rabbit and the wickedest queen around who's just itching to snatch the prize ticket.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-- Goldberg's first literary effort is compromised in several important ways: first of all, as its title suggests, the book attempts to be an urban pastiche of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland . This would be okay if the device were integral to the plot or even to the spirit and tone of the book. Unfortunately, it is neither. A second problem is that its premise is tired and its resolution predictable: the eponymous hero, Alice, is a young African-American girl living in New Jersey (well, at least the text tells us she's young; in the illustrations she looks as if she's about 42) who wants to be rich. Why she wants this is unclear, since she lives in a "nice" single-family house on a "nice" suburban street. Nevertheless, she enters countless sweepstakes and, no surprise, one day she receives a notification that she is a "WINNER." To collect her prize she must go to New York City. Gathering up her friends (a Mad Hatter look-alike named Robin and an invisible rabbit--borrowed from the play "Harvey"), off she goes to the Mean Streets. There she meets a greedy rich woman who tries to steal her winning ticket; and, of course, it turns out that the sweepstakes is a scam and, of course, Alice comes to realize that she is already rich--in friendship. This is not only tired but trite, especially since Alice doesn't learn this lesson herself; instead a fortune-teller informs her. The biggest problem of all, however, is that this is not a book for children; it's a commercial package, which, in its style and sensibility--especially as captured in Rocco's stridently expressionistic illustrations--is designed to appeal to adults shopping in a retail store. --Michael Cart, formerly at Beverly Hills Public Library
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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