Saturday, October 23, 2021

Review: CHESHIRE CROSSING by Andy Weir & Sarah Andersen


Rating: 2/5 stars

I had never heard of this book until a month ago, despite it being authored and illustrated by two famous creators. I was on a Sarah's Scribbles kick and wanted to read everything by Sarah Andersen when I discovered this book at the library.

Andy Weir combines the characters of Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and Wendy from Peter Pan in this crossover graphic novel. All the girls are teenagers now and are affected by their experiences traveling to other worlds as children. Everyone thinks they're crazy, so all three end up at the same institution together called Cheshire Crossing, except this place is actually a research facility and the people in charge really do believe that they have been to other worlds and aren't just making it up. 

The girls have a nanny at Cheshire Crossing who has some abilities herself, including flying with an umbrella. Everyone calls her "nanny," but I wonder if she is supposed to represent Mary Poppins? (Another movie I haven't seen. . . .) I really don't know who she is supposed to be, if anyone, but I felt like she was more important than the story led me to believe. 

I thought this was a cool idea done well. The girls bond and discuss their different magical abilities while traveling between Neverland, Wonderland, and Oz. Meanwhile, the Wicked Witch of the West teams up with Captain Hook to try to stop the girls once and for all. 

My main problem here is that I have neither read nor watched any of these tales and only know the stories thirdhand. That sounds horrible, I know, but it was just never a part of my childhood. So at times during the novel, I had to stop and think for a second, "Okay they're in this place now, which is connected to this girl. Got it." I think anyone who is more familiar with the original stories will enjoy this book a lot more than I did. It's a cute graphic novel, primarily aimed at young adults, and spins a unique tale of these classic stories. 

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