Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Taylor. Taylor Wonders, “Is Wonderland a real place?” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Taylor!
A lot of our Wonder Friends WONDER exactly where Wonderopolis is located. Is it here? Or is it over there? Can you get there from here? Are we there yet? These are the questions curious Wonder Friends have.
Is Wonderopolis located on a deserted tropical island? Or does it sit atop a glacier near the North Pole? Perhaps it's hidden deep within an Amazon rainforest! Or maybe it's just on the other side of Mount Everest!
Do you know about Wonderland? It's another magical place that you've probably read about. You may have even seen a movie about Wonderland and Alice's trip there. What are we talking about? Lewis Carroll's timeless treasure Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, of course!
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland— also commonly called Alice in Wonderland — is a novel written in 1865 by English Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Dodgson didn't publish the book under his real name, however. Instead, he used the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.
If you're familiar with the book, you know it tells the story of a young girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a magical world called Wonderland. Alice's adventures with the intriguing, human-like animals and other creatures that inhabit Wonderland have thrilled kids and adults alike for almost 150 years now.
It wasn't immediately considered a great work when first published, though. Early reviewers liked the illustrations in the book more than the actual story. After Carroll published his follow-up, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland gained in popularity.
By the early 1900s, it was considered a classic, and it still is today. It has never been out of print. Since its first publication, it has been translated into almost 100 different languages. It has also been adapted into countless other types of media, including plays, television shows and movies.
Lewis Carroll's works are part of a genre known as literary nonsense. He was known for his keen ability to play with words and logic. The world he created — Wonderland — lives on in the minds of its readers long after they turn the last page of the book.
That is, perhaps, the key to classic books. They create a world that you can't get out of your mind even after the books have been read. If you've read some of the more modern classics, perhaps you have your own version of Wonderland, such as Narnia or Hogwarts!