Publisher: Ebury Press
Genre: Political/ Humor
Release date: 01 June 2017
Price*: Kindle £4.99 (GBP)/ Hardback £4.79 (GBP)
Kindle $6.73 (USD)/ Hardback $14.95 (USD)
Pages: ~ 112
My rating: 8/10
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Summed up in few words: funny, sarcastic retelling of classics.
Description of the book: Lying on a riverbank on a lazy summer’s afternoon – 23rd June 2016, to be precise – Alice spots a flustered-looking white rabbit called Dave calling for a referendum. Following him down a rabbit-hole, she emerges into a strange new land, where up is down, black is white, experts are fools and fools are experts…
She meets such characters as the Corbynpillar, who sits on a toadstool smoking his hookah and being no help to anyone; Trumpty Dumpty, perched on a wall he wants the Mexicans to pay for; the Cheshire Twat, who likes to disappear leaving only his grin, a pint, and the smell of scotch eggs remaining; and the terrifying Queen of Heartlessness, who’ll take off your head if you dare question her plan for Brexit. Will Alice ever be able to find anyone who speaks sense?
How this book made me feel: I found this tiny book on the Underground and read it while drinking my tea. The funny part was, I read it during the elections, so it was absolutely hilarious to read about the politicians who are fighting for the power.
The main character of this book is, of course, Alice, but this one is very interested in politics, and trying to figure out those strange creatures, which she meets during her travels in this strange place called Brexitland. This book is a political retelling of classic “Alice in Wonderland” using British politicians and Donald Trump (Trumpty Dumpty). Alice is very confused in this book because all the characters talk a lot of nonsense, and when a child tries to correct them, they pour another load of nonsense.
I really liked the story itself, it has some fun twists in it and it is incredibly funny. I don’t remember when the last time I read a book with such great illustrations and silly songs. This book looks like children’s book, but it is an adult read. (well, kids can colour in the pictures if you like). Even though this book is a humoresque read, it has some great deep political monologues in it as well.
I really enjoyed this book, and through humoresque writing, it showed, that British politics is one big, messy hotpot. So if you interested in politics and fed up with those serious debates, grab it, read it, enjoy it, and give it to your kids to do some colouring. Everybody wins! 🙂
About Author: Lucien Young is a comedy writer who has worked on various TV programmes, including BBC Three’s Siblings and Murder in Successville. He was born in Newcastle in 1988 and read English at the University of Cambridge, where he was a member of the world-famous Footlights Club.
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