The author of one of the most celebrated children’s books of all time, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, would have celebrated his 182nd birthday Monday. Born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, Jan. 27, 1832, the mathematician wrote Alice, its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, several other books and poems under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll.
These magical and fantastical books and their author have been quoted the world over (Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle); reportedly inspired multiple Beatles’ songs, and of course, plenty of films (some that adhere to the original script, others that do not). Among apps, the creative license is also at work with modern interpretations of Carroll’s work seeming to grow in their fantastical elements each year. I have to believe, though, he might not have minded so much.
Here are three apps to take a look at on this author’s birthday:
3 Apps to Celebrate Lewis Carroll’s Imagination:
Alice in Wonderland Kids Book (Android): HD graphics, sounds and animations help tell Alice’s story in this eBook app from TabTale. Kids can choose to have the story “read to me,” “read it myself” or to auto-play it. Puzzles and other activities add an interactive element. Free
Jabberwocky 3D (iOS): This VivaBook game-like app brings the author’s famous Jabberwocky poem to life in 3D, augmented by sound effects. Users can choose to listen to poem from among two narrators while they wander through Wonderland, trying to defeat the Jabberwock. Shake the screen to find the hidden Cheshire Cat. Recommended for ages 4 and up. $3.99
Alice in New York (iOS): This 136-page book was much celebrated in the media when it was released in 2011 for the 140th anniversary of Through the Looking Glass. The iPad book transports “Alice from Sir John Tenniel’s original drawings into a modern New York,” where Tweedledum and Tweedledee are transformed into cab drivers and New York scenery like the Statue of Liberty replaces the garden and forest of the original book. (The makers of this app, Atomic Antelope, also produced the well-reviewed “Alice for iPad” app.) $3.99
Of course, you can always find the original telling of Alice via your Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Googlebooks and Goodreads app, among other mobile sources.