When absent-minded Professor Random misplaces the main character from Alice in Wonderland, young Henry Witherspoon must book-jump to fetch Alice before chaos theory kicks in and the world vanishes. Along the way he meets Winnie Flapjack, a wit-cracking doodle witch with nothing to her name but a magic feather and a plan. Such as it is. Henry and Winnie brave the Dark Queen, whatwolves, pirates, Struths, and fluttersmoths, Priscilla and Charybdis, obnoxiously cheerful vampires, Baron Samedi, a nine-dimensional cat, and one perpetually inebriated Muse to rescue Alice and save the world by tea time.
Great writing but just an okay story. That's my lasting impression. I think I set my expectations too high before reading it and maybe that's why I feel this way.
First, like pulling off a bandage, I'll tell you what I didn't like.
I wasn't crazy about the story. It had great characters, and a variety like you wouldn't believe, but even with a set plot, I felt like it didn't always go somewhere. I often wondered why this was going that way and sometimes felt lost. As lost as Alice. But then, because of the magic of the characters used, and the fact I was doing a visual read-a-long on Pinterest, even what I didn't get came alive in my mind.
So that brings me to a real dilemma.
I love the writing, so very Lewis Carroll-ish, and the characters are awesome too, and the magic of it all really was an adventure, but the story..... which makes no sense but yet all the sense to me. Oh, dear!
All I can say is get your copy, your rubber duck, magic feather, and buckle up for a ride!
Recommend? Only if you have imagination. Serious inquiries need not apply.
DISCLAIMER: I won my copy. Though the duck and feather were a sweeeeet bonus, (Thanks Sasha!) I was not compensated for my opinion or this post.