Do you ever buy books by its cover? I sure do. A lot. And my most recent one is a craft book: Everything Alice: The Wonderland Book of Makes and Bakes. There is even an official website for that book!
Not that I needed another coffee table book that I would never truly use, but the cover art was just too tempting to pass. Plus I love anything wonderland-related theme, whether they are books, dolls, or teapots.
So I bought this one as soon as I saw it and I am glad because it's out of print from Amazon.com right now (but still available from other sellers). The book was co-produced by Hannah Read-Baldry and Christine Leech and you can read more about them HERE.
They also have another book under their name: Everything Oz: The Wizard Book of Makes and Bakes. That would also be an interesting book to get! It's also available at Barnes and Nobles in case you live in the USA and want to get it.
Back to Alice book now. It's a very beautiful book full of color pictures and craft ideas. It's however in paperback only. I would have preferred a hardcover or spiral-bound book but that's just me. Oh well, paperback will have to do.
The book presents many craft and food ideas somewhat related to the Wonderland imagined by Lewis Carroll. I say "somewhat" because some crafts are rather loosely linked to the book and a few are quite far-fetched (a shoe bag???). But if you are planning a Wonderland-theme party, this book can be useful.
Did I like it? I think the author did a good job at explaining each step and showing the finished product in beautiful pictures but there aren't that many cooking recipes and they are rather plain and not inventive or unusual. The crafts are undeniably gorgeous but again, there is nothing spectacular. However, the book is filled with awesome photos or drawings on each page. Everything is in color. Here below are some of those pages.
The main attraction of the book is the beautiful art it displays: 5 out of 5 stars! The content only gets 3 out of 5 stars though. But it will be a good book for inspiration rather than a book for exact reference. It also looks great as a coffee table book or on a Wonderland bookshelf!