I read this book (and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland many times when I was a kid, and I loved it – it almost made me wish that I could go into a mirror and have adventures myself.
The main appeal of this book is that it is incredibly surreal and trippy throughout, with some of the bizarre events that take place – the sheep shop, the train ride and the banquet at the end, for example, and of course the book is incredibly funny. I also loved how every character in the book is supposed to represent a different chess piece (it is all spelled out in the Dramatis Personae at the start).
Then, the other aspect that I like is the use of constant nonsense poetry, including Lewis Carroll’s most famous poems - The Walrus and the Carpenter and Jabberwocky (I used to have the latter read to me before I went to sleep at night!)
I suspect that most people have already read this, but it’s such a good book that it deserves to be read again – plus I love the fact that Chapter 11 is possibly the shortest chapter in any book:
And it really was a kitten after all!
Next book: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis