Disney Books has come out with yet another Twisted Tale and we just can’t get enough of this series! With fairy tale twists and turns on stories, we know by heart there is so much to wrap your head around in these new tales. The newest Twisted Tale is a take on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, crafted by Liz Braswell. With Alice all wrapped up in her own life, will she be able to read the signs that Wonderland is in trouble and needs her help? Here’s everything you can look forward to in this new story.
A Disney Twisted Tale Alice in Wonderland
2020 marks the 155th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Amazing that this is still a story relevant today! Because let’s face it everything keeps getting curiouser and curiouser and who better to help show us the way than Alice? We were gifted this book by the Disney Book Group.
Unbirthday by Liz Braswell Synopsis
In this Disney Twisted Tale Alice in Wonderland is tasked with saving Wonderland. This story asks the question What if Wonderland was in peril and Alice was the only one who could save it…but was running late. In this new tale, Alice is different than other eighteen-year-old ladies in Kexford, which is perfectly fine with her. She’d rather spend golden afternoons with her trusty camera or in her aunt Vivian’s lively salon, ignoring her sister’s wishes that she stop all that “nonsense” and become a “respectable” member of society. Alice is happy to meander to Miss. Yao’s teashop or to visit the children playing in the Square. She’s also interested in learning more about the young lawyer she met there, but just because she’s curious, of course, not because he was sweet and charming.
But when Alice develops photographs she has recently taken about town, familiar faces of old suddenly appear in the place of her actual subjects—the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar. There’s something eerily off about them, even for Wonderland creatures. And as Alice develops a self-portrait, she finds the most disturbing image of all—a badly-injured dark-haired girl asking for Alice’s help. Mary Ann.
Returning to the place of nonsense from her childhood, Alice finds herself on a mission to stop the Queen of Hearts’ tyrannical rule and to find her place in both worlds. But will she able to do so . . . before the End of Time? Will the White Rabbit be able to help? Or the Queen of Clubs?
So many twists in this new story. But thankfully with characters you mostly already know! What we loved about Unbirthday is that Alice really is just a regular girl, settled back into her own life, content with her photography and a guy she likes. It’s of course her curiosity and compassion that brings her back to Wonderland. And she takes on a whole new role to help save this land she remembers from her childhood. We love some of the messages in this book. For sometimes when we think all is lost, there is always another way. If only you believe.
Just like all the Twisted Tales these Disney Books for tweens and teens usually involve a mystery, a problem to solve, and a strong female and male characters that are a great example of how to be human. Unbirthday is no exception. You will find lessons in friendship, communication, sticking up for what’s important and helping others in this book. A very interesting read perfect for anyone who loves Alice and a little adventure.
The Twisted Tale Series by Disney Books
Prefer your fairy tales with a twist?
Check out the whole series of fairy tales, featuring the characters you know and love in all sorts of new stories!
A Whole New Worldby Liz Braswell
Once Upon a Dreamby Liz Braswell
As Old as Timeby Liz Braswell
Reflectionby Elizabeth Lim
Part of Your World by Liz Braswell
Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita
Conceal, Don’t Feel by Jen Calonita
Straight on till Morning by Liz Braswell
So This Is Love by Elizabeth Lim
Unbirthday by Liz Braswell
Unbirthday A Disney Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell
We can’t wait to see what you guys think of this Disney Twisted Tale featuring Alice in Wonderland! If you’re looking for other Disney Twisted Tale reviews, check out all our Disney book reviews. If you’re up for an adventure to Neverland, check out Straight on till Morning! Featuring none other than Wendy herself saving the day. Or if you’re ready to climb the mountains of Arendelle, you may like Conceal, Don’t Feel instead, asking the question what if Anna and Elsa never met. If fairytales with a twist is your cup of tea, check out Unbirthday and all the Twisted Tale books in the series on the official site.