Tuesday, July 7, 2015

DC Origin Stories (Little Sis Tuesday )

Today is Little Sis Tuesday, when my 7-year-old takes over the blog. All photos are hers, as well as all the words. I add the links, and check spelling and punctuation. - Danzel

DC Origin Stories: Wonder Woman and Batman by John Sazaklis, Superman and Green Lantern by Matthew K. Manning.
All books are illustrated by Luciano Vecchio.
DC Comics / Stone Arch Books (an imprint of Capstone Publishing), 2015. 

I like superheroes. I went to Superhero Camp last year. 

I got all of these books from the library. They're really easy. 

These are DC superheroes, not Marvel. Wonder Woman is my favorite. She's not just a superhero, she's a goddess! I saw the TV show, but I really want them to make a movie.

I saw the Tim Burton Batman movies, but I only liked the second one. It was cool. I liked Catwoman and the Penguin. Especially Catwoman.

Superman is cool, but he isn't my favorite. My favorite superheroes are born on Earth, not on Krypton. I've only seen the first old Superman movie.

I only know about Green Lantern because of this book.

Why do all the boy superheroes get all the cool stuff? Why does Wonder Woman just get an Invisible Jet that isn't really that cool? It just looks like a big glass plane. I want a Batmobile.

I watched some Marvel superhero movies this summer. I saw both Avengers movies in the wrong order, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Why does Black Widow not get a cool uniform?

I need to design my own superhero. 

Sorry for the photo quality. She insisted on doing this herself. She really loved these books, which she was able to zip through confidently and quickly. She doesn't know much about superheroes yet, but she's very interested. Her daddy has taught her about DC and Marvel, and she's learning who is who and such. Hope you enjoyed her little post! - Danzel (mom)

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Return To Oz: Dorothy in the Ornament Rooms

June 21 marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Disney's Return to Oz. I still remember seeing it in the theater. It was at a mall, somewhere in Oklahoma. I know my sister and cousin were there, but I think there were more kids, too - second cousins, or my cousin's cousins, or something. The movie was weird and confusing, and there were some scary things, which I admit were my favorite parts. It has a great cast (a very young Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh), some interesting special effects, and a very good musical score. It lifts a bit from The Marvelous Land of Oz, a little bit more from Ozma of Oz, and pays a bit of homage to the 1939 MGM film, but it's a twisted mess that veers into a nightmarish territory L. Frank Baum would not have recognized. Of course, it's become a cult classic, and occupies a special place in the heart of many an '80s kid.

 I shared a Little Golden Book called Escape from the Witch's Castle two years ago. Here is a book I think we may have owned when I was a kid, but this copy came via the used book store, during the days when Return to Oz was Little Sis's favorite movie. It's a little Golden Look-Look Book, a small, cheap 8"x8" paperback. Like Escape from the Witch's Castle, no individual author or illustrator credit is given.

Return to Oz: Dorothy in the Ornament Rooms by Walt Disney Pictures
based on the screenplay by Walter Murch & Gill Dennis.
A Golden Book, Western Publishing Company, 1985.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Alice's Adventures Underground

Alice's Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll.
Facsimile edition first published by Macmillan, 1886.
This edition, published by OneWorld Classics, 2009.

Part two of my Happy Alice Day series!

Earlier today, I showed off a facsimile edition of The Nursery Alice, with a bit of publication history regarding the original Alice story. I mentioned that the original manuscript was entitled Alice's Adventures Underground, and the first illustrator was Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, himself. In 1886, Dodgson and Macmillan published a facsimile edition of the original manuscript, bound in red cloth. The original manuscript remained in the possession of Alice Liddell Hargreaves until 1928, when she sold it at auction. The man who bought it then sold it to Eldridge Johnson, who had a stunning copy reproduced in 1936. Eventually, it sold again before landing at the British Library in 1948. Over the years, other facsimile editions have been printed. I think the Eldridge edition is gorgeous, and I would love to own a copy like that. You can read the full history of the publication of the Lewis Carroll books on The Lewis Carroll Society website.

My copy is a simple reproduction of the original Macmillan facsimile. I find it a bit difficult to read, although it's lovely to look at. Luckily, Project Gutenberg has it online, with the Carroll illustrations but not in Carroll's handwriting.

The British Library, holder of the original manuscript, has digitized that beauty, by the way. There is color! I would love to see it in person one day, but until then, I will admire it here.

Here is a sample of my 2009 facsimile copy.

Please see my post from earlier today for more links to Alice-related goodies!

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The Nursery Alice

The Nursery Alice by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Sir John Tenniel. Macmillan, 1890.
This edition, Pan Macmillan, 2011.

The Hatter was the first to break the silence. 'What day of the month is it?' he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.
          Alice considered a little, and then said 'The fourth.'
'Two days wrong!' sighed the Hatter. 'I told you butter wouldn't suit the works!' he added looking angrily at the March Hare.
                                                                                               - from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 1865.

July 4 is often referred to "Alice in Wonderland Day." Here in the United States, we're usually too wrapped up in fireworks and parades for Independence Day. On July 4, 1862, Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, is said to have accompanied the young Liddell daughters on a boat trip. It was there, he first told the story of an adventurous young lady named Alice. Alice Liddell urged Dodgson to write down his story. In February of 1863, Dodgson completed his handwritten manuscript. Friends urged him to publish the book, then called Alice's Adventures Underground. He worked on the manuscript, adding his own illustrations, submitting it to publishers in late 1864. John Tenniel was approached to provide new illustrations, and in July 1865, the first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published, only to be withdrawn from publication! Tenniel had complained to Dodgson about the print quality of the illustrations. Eventually, some of the rejected copies were donated to children's hospitals. Very few survive today. That November, a new edition hit shops, and Alice became a hit. You can read the full story at The Lewis Carroll Society.

So 2015 is the sesquicentennial of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland! And the first book birthday is this very month!

In 1890, Charles Dodgson published the first official retelling of his famous book. The Nursery Alice was a simplified version for younger children. Once again, John Tenniel's illustrations were used, but this time, color was added. (Alice's dress, by the way, is yellow.) E. Gertrude Thompson designed the original cover for the first Macmillan edition. Pan Macmillan published a beautiful facsimile copy this year.

Unfortunately, my copy is an earlier facsimile edition from 2011. Instead of the original cover, one of Tenniel's illustrations is used. It's still an attractive copy, although I love the decorative type on the original.

I have more Alice-related goodies to share with you today, so please check back at some point!

Until then, I must recommend Pan Macmillan's Alice in Wonderland 150 website to you. It is gorgeously designed, with so many Alice goodies. Of course, if you haven't figured out by my blog's name, I am a huge Alice fan, and have posted about her from time to time. Here you can find all the Alice or Alice-related posts, including pictures from Big Sis's fifth birthday party, old films based on the books, and my "Happy Birthday, Lewis Carroll!" post from 2013, complete with an Alice book round-up.

At some point, I may post a new round-up. I need to do one about favorite abridgments and adaptations, and as far as my original "complete book" round-up, I certainly need to add this new beauty from Pan Macmillan. Until later...

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