Thawer reimagines this story in a creative way. The setting seems rather modern in some ways, and rather old world in others. This gives birth to feeling both the familiar and the adventure. The way this depiction begins immediately engenders a deep-seated dislike for this father. Even understanding the motive behind the behavior, there is definitely a love/hate impression left for me.
Fairly early in the story, there is obviously something amiss about the girls’ new ‘wonderland’ and it creates intrigue and sparks imagination. The outside help arrives bringing another level of humor and a swoon-worthy character.
The ending feels a little rushed, but Thawer does a great job of bringing a lesser know tale to a whole new audience. This story gets 4 1/2 stars.