Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Alice in Tumblr-land by Tim Manley

Disney meets Lena Dunham in this illustrated humor book featuring your favorite fairy-tale characters dating and finding their way in 21st-century America.

The Ugly Duckling still feels gross compared to everyone else, but now she’s got Instagram, and there’s this one filter that makes her look awesome. Cinderella swaps her glass slippers for Crocs. The Tortoise and the Hare Facebook stalk each other. Goldilocks goes gluten free. And Peter Pan finally has to grow up and get a job, or at least start paying rent.

Here are more than one hundred fairy tales, illustrated and re-imagined for today. Instead of fairy godmothers, there’s Siri. And rather than big bad wolves, there are creepy dudes on OkCupid. In our brave new world of social networking, YouTube, and texting, fairy tales can once again lead us to happily ever after”—and have us laughing all the way.

When I first spotted this book on the web (ironic since this book is all about our social lives anyway), I was immediately intrigued by it. As a child of the technological generation, I also grew up on fairy tales but the two have never met in a way that suited them. Classic meets modern in these timeless modern retellings.

This book was a quick and hilarious romp through many of the classic tales we were all taught to love growing up, with a twist. These characters are now dealing with adulthood. Life isn't all "happily ever after" anymore. It's time to get a job, have kids, pay rent, and the even go on a few bad dates.

Full of illustrations with a twisted classical style, this book will not only make you laugh your head off, but will make you want to share it on your social media sites right after you finish.

I recommend this book to fans of both social media and fairy tales, as well as humorous books like Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle.

-Reviewed by Jeremy

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