Friday, May 21, 2010

Outrageously Alice

My Concepts II class was assigned to re-do any illustration we weren't too happy with. I've never been very happy with the covers of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice series, so I decided to go with this one in which Alice gets all "outrageous" and covers her normally strawberry blonde locks in green hair gel, much to her father's chagrin.

Here are some of the other covers around (though for some reason Google Image search can't find a picture of the copy I based this on):

I discovered the Alice books in fourth or fifth grade and followed them through the first years of high school. I put them down for a while but when I came to college I rediscovered them and introduced them to my roommate and best friend, Meghan. We ended up having Alice reading parties! These books are so much fun! The main appeal is the protagonist, Alice's hilariously awkward questions about life and growing up, but there's also something incredibly endearing and lifelike about all of the characters and Alice and friends' tweenage and, later, teenage struggles are a big nostalgia trip.

Get thee to a library and pick these up!


  1. Janna! I also read the Alice books! And I, too, started reading them around 5th grade, put them down in high school, and began reading them again very recently. Ohh, this is exciting.

    And yes! I think your cover design is much more fitting, and also much more appealing.


  2. Thanks, Kay! Oh man, we should definitely get together for an Alice book club or something!