Alice in Tumblr-land by Tim Manley

Alice in Tumblr-land: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation by Tim Manley (2013)

265 pages

Goodreads Summary: The Ugly Duckling still feels gross compared to everyone else, but now she’s got Instagram, and there’s this one filter that makes her look awesome. Cinderella swaps her glass slippers for Crocs. The Tortoise and the Hare Facebook stalk each other. Goldilocks goes gluten free. And Peter Pan finally has to grow up and get a job, or at least start paying rent.
Here are more than one hundred fairy tales, illustrated and re-imagined for today. Instead of fairy godmothers, there’s Siri. And rather than big bad wolves, there are creepy dudes on OkCupid. In our brave new world of social networking, YouTube, and texting, fairy tales can once again lead us to “happily ever after”—and have us laughing all the way.

This book started as the author’s Tumblr, Fairy Tales for 20 Somethings.  I’m not sure if all the drawings here are unique to the book or first appeared on the site.  I know I’ve seen some similar ones online before but I don’t follow his Tumblr.  There’s an interview here about how the Tumblr became a book in case you’re interested.

Anyway, on to the book.  It’s a small little book and there isn’t a lot of text.  There are pictures to accompany the little blurbs and it is all quite humorous. You can easily read through the book in less than an hour.

I did find myself laughing at some of the things in it as he pokes fun at 20 something people, technology, and social media.  But at the same time this book is kind of sad because it really makes you see just how frivolous most of this stuff is.  Yet at the same time so many people take it seriously.

So this book would make a great gift for a person because it’s light, there’s humor, but they can also learn something about themselves and maybe not take life so seriously. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to just about anyone.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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