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Alice in Wonderland {and} Little Miss Bronte Jane Eyre by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver

Published by Gibbs Smith Publishers
Pages: 22
Age Level: Board Book

Buy Alice in Wonderland: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository
Buy Little Miss Bronte Jane Eyre: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository

Publishers Summary:

With the perennial popularity of classic writers like Charlotte Brontë and Lewis Carroll, Baby Lit™ is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar’s Alison Oliver, Little Miss Brontë and Little Master Carroll are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library.

Littlebug Gets Classics: I wuv these books! My mom said they are about big books I can read when I get bigger bigger bigger!!

My favorite is the counting one with the lady in the long coat on the front. I love her coat! It’s super fun to read with my mom because she helps me point and count and then she tries to tell me all about the story. Sometimes it sounds like fun, but most of the time I just like to count over and over.

The book with the cat is fun too! I try to find all the fun things in the pictures and all the neat colors. My mom said that maybe soon she’ll read us the real Alice in Wonderland too! Doesn’t that sound fun?

Both of these books are in my super secret hiding reading spot because they’re so pretty!

Mom’s Two Cents: Have you ever imagined what your favorite classics might look like through the eyes of a child? Through her new series of “BabyLit” books Jennifer Adams answers this exact question and brings the stories to life with the help of the marvelous illustrations of Alison Oliver. From Alice in Wonderland to Romeo & Juliet to Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice children now have the opportunity at an early dip into the world of classic literature in a way that they can appreciate and enjoy.

I’ll be honest, I was completely smitten with this series the moment I saw them. I know this isn’t the case with everyone I’m friends with, but for myself and my own kiddos…we love them! A few of my friends are very strict classic literature purists and weren’t incredibly fond of these books being made into board books. On the other hand I choose to look at it as an advancement in the accessibility of classic literature for very young readers. As a young reader I grew to detest classic literature primarily because I had numerous books pushed upon me rather than being given the opportunity to explore and be introduced to them in more creative ways. Fortunately my children are growing up in a wonderful time where books like these can be used as not only an educational tool in their early years, but also as a gateway to future reading. It’s marvelous!

Not only is the storytelling creative, but the illustrations within each board book are gorgeous! It’s not often that a board book comes across my desk that I feel compelled to read over and over again simply because I enjoy reading it. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading books of all kinds, but it’s refreshing to have a children’s board book that’s not only enjoyable & educational for the children you read it to but for you, the adult, as well. Within the pages of the Alice in Wonderland by Jennifer Adams you find pages of bright quirky illustrations that Alison Oliver so brilliantly created. Often there are hints to the original text of Alice in Wonderland, but there are also numerous discoveries to be made such as an adorable raccoon and various bottles labeled “blech” & “ick”. The combination of interactive educational tools and text with the wonderful illustrations make this series a fantastic addition to anyone’s library.

Alice in Wonderland, Little Miss Bronte Jane Eyre and the entire BabyLit collection by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver are a welcome addition to the world of classic literature and children’s books. Filled with basic educational tools such as color recognition and counting skills these books provide an entertaining & inventive way of introducing these concepts. Beyond or perhaps including the educational value, depending on how you choose to look at it, these books are a wonderful gateway to future reading and enjoyment of many of the classics adults love and cherish. Littlebug and myself are huge fans of the BabyLit series by Jennifer Adams and now both of the kiddos are eagerly looking forward to reading the full length version of Alice in Wonderland!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages Birth to 4. Children will adore the gorgeously quirky illustrations and educational aspects of this fun addition to the world of children’s books and classic literature.

Visit the BabyLit Facebook page for more info about the books as well!

Find Alice in Wonderland by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

Find Little Miss Bronte Jane Eyre by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

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4 Responses to Book Review: Alice in Wonderland {and} Little Miss Bronte Jane Eyre by Jennifer Adams

  1. OMG me want me want me want! So glad to hear these are good.

  2. Gina says:

    Yay! So glad you and Littlebug enjoyed them too! I understand your plight with the classics….a lot of kids were/are like that. The pushing of them doesn’t work the way the pushers hope….you’ve got to set fire to their interests and spark their imagination. Great review guys!

    • Ahhh…thank you so much! It’s such a fine line between pushing and shoving with books, isn’t it? It’s really important to be creative. Love these for that very reason!

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