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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Alice in Batsylvania by Mr. Mark Newhouse is a children’s pop-up book that has thirty-four pages telling the actual story, which allows the author to tell a simple, but fairly long, tale. Each of the pages and the cover are beautifully illustrated by artist Daniel Traynor. Alice, drawn as a young African girl with braided hair, knows all the sensible rules her mother has taught her. Obviously they include “never go anywhere with a stranger,” but this is a no ordinary story so she has been forbidden to kiss bats and frogs too. The question is, will Alice stick to her mother’s rules or not? She looks like a rather mischievous little girl when she smiles from the cover, and her pink slippers have bats on them that might lead her feet astray.
Mr. Mark Newhouse has created a marvellous story about a little girl, which boys and girls will love, in Alice in Batsylvania. The reading age required is kindergarten, but much younger children will enjoy listening to an adult telling the story. Their attention will be held by the marvellous, colourful illustrations created by Daniel Traynor. It’s a story I would enjoy reading to a youngster; funny, fast-paced, and not a bit frightening. All children dream. Sometimes those dreams are scary but, just like Alice, they end happily with Mother arriving with comfort, or is this book the end of Alice’s dreams? There’s an intriguing question mark beside “The End.”