Return to Wonderland

Cover and interior silhouette illustration by Laura Barrett

Return to Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland with this stunning collection of original stories from today’s biggest children’s authors – Peter Bunzl, Pamela Butchart, Maz Evans, Swapna Haddow, Patrice Lawrence, Chris Smith, Robin Stevens, Lauren St John, Lisa Thompson, Piers Torday and Amy Wilson.

More than 150 years since Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published by Macmillan, revisit Carroll’s amazing cast of characters – including the Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle, the Dormouse, the Cheshire Cat and Alice’s Sister in these brand-new stories, that will bring a new generation of readers to Wonderland.

Tumble down the rabbit hole again to find out what happens in Wonderland without Alice there. Is the Queen of Hearts still ruling with an iron fist? Does the Mad Hatter still have to go to tea? And will Tweedledum and Tweedledee ever resolve their argument? 

PETER SAYS: “I’m so excited to be part of the this short story anthology, coming from Macmillan Children’s. It’s a wondrous reimagining of the Alice in Wonderland story from some incredible author. I’ve read the whole book from cover to cover and have LOVED every single one of these WONDER-FILLED stories…”

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Reviews:

The Times:

Drink me! It’s hard not to lap up this collection of short stories by some of our greatest contemporary children’s authors, inspired by Alice. Peter Bunzl (Cogheart) focuses on the Duchess’s son; Robin Stevens, crime queen, tries to save Alice from Wonderland; and Piers Torday wonders how the Cheshire Cat got his smile. I particularly loved Patrice Lawrence’s tale of Honour the hedgehog, from a family of croquet balls.

The Sunday Times: 

As adaptations of Alice in Wonderland tour the country this summer, and as Oxford celebrates Alice’s Day today, this collection of stories inspired by Carroll offers more matter for enthusiasts. Eleven authors pay tribute in tales that are variously playful (Pamela Butchart’s updating of Wonderland); impassioned (Swapna Haddow’s hymn to the importance of librarians and Lauren St John’s plea on behalf of bees and all animals); inventive (Robin Stevens’s view from Alice Liddell’s elder sister, or Patrice Lawrence’s from the perspective of a hedgehog croquet ball) as well as, in many cases, puzzling, dark, punning, hallucinogenic. Most coherent is Piers Torday’s origin myth — in which the elements of the story come together. Like the original, this is one for ambitious readers