Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Gerry Gaston
Illustrator: Laura Livi
Publisher: Project A Publishing, LLC
“These choices, and many more, are yours to make as YOU guide Alice on her Adventure in Wonderland!” the back jacket states in Gerry Gaston’s children’s book, If You Were … Alice in Wonderland.
Part of the Choose Your Own Path series, this eighty-one page paperback targets those who like to alter classic tales. Having no profanity or extremely scary scenes, the story may be best read out loud to beginner readers due extensive wording with occasional punctuation and paragraph errors along with capitalization issues for emphasis. With colorful designs and black and white drawings, illustrator Livi portrays easy-to-understand and detailed pictures matching the storyline. The ending includes promotions for other books by the author and publisher.
Gerry adds a twist to Lewis Carroll’s well-known story by offering readers different choices. While the story is similar, small scroll icons at the bottom of most pages allows the reader to be directed to other options. What if Alice didn’t drink the potion, visit the March Hare instead of the Mad Hatter, clean the flatware at the tea party, or leave with the duchess? So many decisions to make!
With no wrong outcomes, each time the reader may choose a different sequence viewing the pages and selecting a different route, technically ending with the same results.
The idea of an interactive storyline may impress young creative readers who do not mind jumping back and forth between the pages after selecting different options. The concept is unique, but it may be confusing to some readers who will need someone to help them along the way. With ample small italicized font on every page, it may be complicated for someone who is not a fan of the classic.
Thanks to Bookpleasures and the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinions.