Plot: Mary Ann is the housemaid to the White Rabbit in the wonderful land of Wonderland. She absolutely hate for anything to be dirty, she cannot stand grime, grease, or grit. If something is dirty she will take her trusty feather cleaner and clean to her hearts content. The White Rabbit is sentenced to have his head chopped off my the Queen of Hearts’ card soldiers because he was found in the presence of the Alice Monster. Mary Ann is forced to flee for her life with the White Rabbit and ends up running into a whole lot of messes that she is having to deal with. She is not happy with her situation, but she tries to make the best of it, until she is forced to move onto the next one. The Mad Hatter, the Hare, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, and the Queen of Spades all play a role in this madness Mary Ann must face.
Review: This graphic novel is based on Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland story, particularly the White Rabbit’s housemaid, Mary Ann. Mary Ann takes us on an adventure through Wonderland that is sure to be remembered, even if it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. This twist on Lewis Carol’s original story is just as good and just as illogical and whimsical. Every page is done in beautiful full-colored artwork done by Sonny Liew, who has created pictures that are just as senseless as the story and add an extravagance of their own. You still get to see the Hatter and the Hare, the Cheshire Cat, and the lovely head-chopping-off Queen of Hearts. Kovac and Liew work well together and have created a whimsy, nonsensical work of art that is not for those looking for something normal.
Genre: Adventure/Graphic Novel/Fantasy
Reading Level/Interest Level: YA/11+
Similar Materials: The Willoughbys by Lois Lowery
Reader’s Advisory: I originally picked up this book because of the artwork, but once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down, I just had to know what kind of mess Mary Ann was going to get in next in the insane world of Wonderland. It still has all of the original characters, you just get to see a new side of them. This is a great graphic novel and I highly recommend it to any young reader that is looking for a little lunacy.