You Are Alice in Wonderland’s Mum!
4.25×7 inches, 280 pages,
black and white with 80 illustrations
trade paperback, $18
London, 1862. When your daughters Lorina and Alice go for an afternoon’s picnic in Hyde Park, Alice goes astray! You practically run your legs off looking for her, but as night falls you panic. You look for a clue, a sign — anything. And that’s when a smelly vagrant steps out from behind a tree and offers you information in exchange for coin… or a kiss. If you decide to ignore him, continue searching on page 42. But if you hear him out, turn to page 12. The choice is yours!
In a quest to find your daughter that will take you through the seedy underbelly of London’s Whitechapel district and up into the secret debauched heart of its richest denizens, You Are Alice in Wonderland’s Mum! allows you to make the choices that will bring your dear daughter home, or lose her to Wonderland forever.
Inspired by the gamebook fad of the 80s – You Are Alice in Wonderland’s Mum! is the gothically visionary 4th entry in the acclaimed Pick-A-Plot series of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style books. Off the success of the first three titles, which form the You Are a Cat! Trilogy, author and illustrator Sherwin Tjia puts a new twist on the Alice in Wonderland tale, removing the titular character altogether, and tasking you as her mother – a respectable Englishwoman who must navigate London’s dangerous underworld – with finding her.
Sherwin Sullivan Tjia is a Montreal-based writer and illustrator who has written nine books. The World is a Heartbreaker, a collection of 1600 pseudohaikus, was a finalist for the Quebec Writer’s Federation’s A.M. Klein Poetry Award. The Hipless Boy, a collection of short, interconnected stories told in graphic novel form, was a finalist for the Doug Wright Award in the Best Emerging Talent category, and also nominated for 4 Ignatz Awards. His invention, The E-Z-Purr: The Virtual Cat! (an album with over an hour of cats purring) is available on the iTunes music store and its proceeds go to local cat shelters and adoption programs.
In his spare time, he organizes Slowdance Nights, Love Letter Reading Open Mics, Crowd Karaoke singalongs, and Strip Spelling Bees in and around Montreal and Toronto as Chat Perdu Productions. Occasionally, he tours these events internationally to various art and literary festivals.