Last weekend I went to see the Wonderland exhibition at ACMI. Totally recommend it! So much fun. Interactive displays for the kids (or let's face it, the child within) and some magical effects.

Must admit I spent a lot of time reminiscing. I had actually seen quite a few of the different versions of Alice. Mind you...there has been over 40 different versions of Alice since the first in 1903.

Written by Lewis Carroll in 1865 this is a true iconic book.

Most people have read it (at least once)....majority of folks have seen some version of Alice.

Animated...or even the dark version...

And if you haven't read or seen the show, most people will know references to Alice in Wonderland.

The Mad Hatter.

...Caterpillar....Queen of Hearts (off with their heads)...the White Rabbit ....Cheshire Cat.

I must admit to having so many favourite quotes from the book.

'Why sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.'

'Curiouser and curiouser'

'Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

So many more I could add.

So what makes this story stand the test of time? Is it the adventure? The pure nonsense of Wonderland, of following a White Rabbit and falling down the rabbit hole to a new land?

For me it's a combination of the adventure, the nonsense and the pure wit in the writing.

Imagine writing such a work. A novel that has lasted for years, and movie version after movie version is produced.  Where so many movies/ television shows/ other novels and books reference the book or characters within.

Where Mad Hatter tea parties are themes for birthday parties and high teas. Where it is not uncommon to hear folks talking about playing croquet with flamingoes...that we all understand why the roses have to be painted red. That a bottle with the label DRINK ME is so tempting.

I thoroughly enjoyed this creative look at Wonderland. So much so, that I want to go back, taking Little Miss with I'm sure she'd love it as much as I did.



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