Síne Quinn is an editor with an MPhil in Children’s Literature. She is a writing coordinator with the Bookmarks Programme at Trinity College and a campaign coordinator for College Awareness Week. Síne is also a section editor of the Inis Reading Guide. Síne lives in a very noisy house with a tiny black and white dog with a big personality. Her lively children ensure she gets plenty of fresh air and exercise; otherwise she would spend far too much time reading books and drinking tea.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. John Tenniel’s illustrations were the first thing that drew me to them. The cover had Tenniel’s engraving of Alice sitting at a table with the March Hare and the Mad Hatter, which was an image that both intrigued me, but also made me feel a little unsure. Instantly I wanted to know what was happening and what the characters were saying. So with a feeling of slight apprehension, I decided to borrow the book from the library. I had heard of the story but hadn’t seen it before. I loved the fact that the main character was a girl. Though I loved the illustrations, I was really gripped by Carroll’s writing. It was so different to Enid Blyton’s stories, which had a slight pedantic tone, plus the fact that everyone seemed so well behaved (though I loved The Magic Faraway Tree). Suddenly here was a character who seemed like someone you might actually know. Alice was a real girl with flaws and all. Also the fact that there were anthropomorphic animals as well as daft humour and poems and rhymes and verses, in particular the Jabberwocky and The Walrus and the Carpenter.
Top Five Favourite Children’s Books:
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by John Tenniel
I Want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konisburg
My Name’s Not Friday by Jon Waters
The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan