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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Chasing Rabbits by Erin Bedford is not your average Alice tale. Kat is an anti-social librarian who just wants her mother to stop picking her dates out, and for a white rabbit to stop stealing her carrots. When she manages to follow the rabbit into a cave, her life takes a startling turn. Falling down the rabbit hole, Kat finds herself in a between place with four doors and a two-headed bird that wants her to sign in on a clipboard. The white rabbit, named Trip, and his friend, Mop, help her navigate her way through the strange new world as she tries to find her way home. Trip and Mop are sweet and innocent guides. The Cheshire Cat is seductive and attractive. The cursed prince takes an unusual interest in her. A wall has teeth and insists on being paid with biscuits. This isn’t the Wonderland she read about as a child.
This isn’t the story of Alice we all know. Kat has the same curiosity as Alice, following her instincts into the new world. It’s a modern and adult take on Alice in Wonderland. Trip and Mop are a delightful pair that add a sense of wonder as they guide Kat. Mythology tells stories of Fae that are equally seductive and dangerous, and Erin Bedford perfectly captures those qualities. This new Wonderland is honest about the dangers, but is also fun. The tea party has always been my favorite scene of Alice and Bedford creates a scene that pays homage to the book. A bat named Twinkle was a fun connection. Cheshire is a very original take. He’s seductive, flirtatious, dangerous, coy, and very likable. Chasing Rabbits is fun and original. It brings out your own curiosity in a story you don’t want to end.