Yes, I admit it. I had never read it before. I was certainly familiar with parts of it – the classic set pieces – but I’d never read the whole thing. It was interesting to read it out loud to the kids. I’m not sure they liked it, at least not as much as The Hobbit. And it’s funnier than I expected; there are a fair number of sly jokes that must have been inserted for adults. My proof that I hadn’t read it. I knew nothing about the ending (which I won’t spoil here). So, yes, it’s a good read aloud. The moments are evocative and funny. The illustrations help. Through the Looking Glass is next.

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