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Once Upon a Book

by Grace Lin

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"Alice can go anywhere in the magical pages of her favorite book. So when it flaps its pages and invites her in, she is swept away to a world of wonder and adventure. But at the end of her imaginative journey, she yearns for the place she loves best of all."--
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A great story about that warning, "Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it," drawn in Grace Lin's beautiful illustrative style. It's a story about a girl, Alice, who wishes for a place and can step into the pages of a book of that location. At first, it bugged me that the main character's dress was the same color as the background. I thought it looked like a bad green screen effect, but once I realized that's how she represented that she was part of the place, I let it go. Along the way, she learns that everything is not as perfect as she imagines and in the end, she wishes for a place where she isn't alone that ends up being her home. Just lovely. ( )
  Jennifer_Long | Dec 26, 2023 |
One cold and blustery day, Alice wishes to be somewhere else that is warm and more exciting. To her surprise, the pages of a book start calling her to just such a place and she gets to walk right into it! With each turn of the page, Alice goes on a new adventure.

This homage to the well-known story of Alice in Wonderland is perfectly done. I love books that have a meta aspect to them and talk about the journeys that reading can take you on – many more locales than you might actually get to visit in real life.

The illustrations are eye-catching and beautiful, with tons of small details to pore over with each re-reading of this book. A particularly fun exercise for young (and old) readers is to find the white rabbit hidden on each page spread as he is sometimes sneakier than you would think! ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Jul 23, 2023 |
I’m a sucker for books about books and this one is wonderful. I saw the end coming a mile away (and some children will also) but that didn’t diminish the delight I felt in reading & viewing it.

The story is great and book lovers of all ages will understand it.

The illustrations are beautiful and colorful. I laughed when I saw the image of the girl’s dress with text on it and then loved how her clothing (or lack of clothing) changed as the story setting changed. Clever and creative! I loved the facial expressions of Alice and of her parents, especially on the last page.

I appreciated how this story is an affirmation about the power of books & reading and also shows the support and acceptance present in a loving family.

I have enjoyed other books by this illustrator and this author. They team up well for this book.

4-1/2 stars ( )
  Lisa2013 | Jun 24, 2023 |
I absolutely love books about books and the magic of entering literary worlds. This happens with BEAUTIFUL illustrations and to be honest, I smell possible Caldecott something with this one ( )
  msgabbythelibrarian | Jun 11, 2023 |
On a rainy day, Alice escapes into the pages of a book. ( )
  JennyArch | Mar 12, 2023 |
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"Alice can go anywhere in the magical pages of her favorite book. So when it flaps its pages and invites her in, she is swept away to a world of wonder and adventure. But at the end of her imaginative journey, she yearns for the place she loves best of all."--

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