A lot of our Wonder Friends WONDER exactly where Wonderopolis is located. Is it here? Or is it over there? Can you get there from here? Are we there yet? These are the questions curious Wonder Friends have.

Is Wonderopolis located on a deserted tropical island? Or does it sit atop a glacier near the North Pole? Perhaps it’s hidden deep within an Amazon rainforest! Or maybe it’s just on the other side of Mount Everest!

One thing’s for sure, though. It has to be one of the best places on Earth, right? Maybe not! Maybe it’s located in a parallel universe right around the corner from Wonderland.

Do you know about Wonderland? It’s another magical place that you’ve probably read about. You may have even seen a movie about Wonderland and Alice’s trip there. What are we talking about? Lewis Carroll’s timeless treasure Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, of course!

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland— also commonly called Alice in Wonderland — is a novel written in 1865 by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Dodgson didn’t publish the book under his real name, however. Instead, he used the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.

If you’re familiar with the book, you know it tells the story of a young girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a magical world called Wonderland. Alice’s adventures with the intriguing, human-like animals and other creatures that inhabit Wonderland have thrilled kids and adults alike for almost 150 years now.

It wasn’t immediately considered a great work when first published, though. Early reviewers liked the illustrations in the book more than the actual story. After Carroll published his follow-up, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland gained in popularity.

By the early 1900s, it was considered a classic, and it still is today. It has never been out of print. Since its first publication, it has been translated into almost 100 different languages. It has also been adapted into countless other types of media, including plays, television shows and movies.

Lewis Carroll’s works are part of a genre known as literary nonsense. He was known for his keen ability to play with words and logic. The world he created — Wonderland — lives on in the minds of its readers long after they turn the last page of the book.

That is, perhaps, the key to classic books. They create a world that you can’t get out of your mind even after the books have been read. If you’ve read some of the more modern classics, perhaps you have your own version of Wonderland, such as Narnia or Hogwarts!

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  1. Hey Wonderopolis,
    Today’s wonder was nice. I’ve read Alice in Wonderland, but I didn’t read ‘Through the looking glass’. I LOVE reading, and I love the library, so I am going to look for the book on my next trip!

  2. We really liked looking at the different wonders of the world.

    We think tomorrow’s wonder will be about rainforest, or why it rains.

  3. Dear Wonderopolis,

    We think Wonderopolis is located in your thoughts, underground, in the ocean, in all the states, or even in your basement.

    We think tomorrow’s wonder will be about raining money, or about the actual weather and real rain or hail.

    Thank you for the wonders,
    Mrs. Tillman’s 4th graders

    • We couldn’t agree more with our Wonder Friends from Mrs. Tillman’s 4th grade class! We are happy wherever and whenever we Wonder! :)

      We can’t wait to find out what the weather will be tomorrow… we’ll wear our rain boots just in case! :)

  4. I love all the different wonders you put up on the page!!!!! I can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s wonder will be!!!!! :) :) :) :)

    • Great guess from our Wonder Friends in Mrs. Bryant’s Class! It’s going to be a WONDERful Wednesday, that’s for sure! :)

  5. P.S. It would be an awesome adventure to travel by horse carriage for a day!!! 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛
    :) :) :) :) :)

  6. I love the Tim Burton version of Alice In Wonderland. In the bonus features, I learned for that in movie that there were a lot of green screens!!!!!!

    • WOW, thanks for sharing that AMAZING information with us, Macy! We think it’s cool to Wonder about how movies are made… there must be a lot of work AND people involved! We’re glad today’s Wonder made you smile as you traveled down the rabbit hole! :)

  7. We thought today’s wonder about Wonderland was interesting and curious. Some of us prefer the Disney cartoon to the Tim Burton version because, well, it’s kind of creepy. However, some of us love the creepy version. It is fun to imagine a strange world, but we don’t think the wonder offices are strange. We think they’re probably filled with awesome people! :)

    We think tomorrow’s wonder will be about the water cycle, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, tsunamis, hurricanes, metaphors, or cats and dogs that fall from somewhere other than the sky. (Nico on that one. LOL!)

    • Hello, Wonder Friends in Mrs. Ski’s AM Class! We’re glad you’re WONDERing about Wonderland with us today! (Phew, that was a tongue-twister!)

      Here at Wonderopolis, we have some friends who like the creative version of Alice in Wonderland, but others really prefer the cartoon version. However, both of them make us Wonder about different things, so that makes us happy!

      The Wonder Friends that live here at Wonderopolis are SUPER people. We smile a LOT at Wonderopolis! 😀

      Thank you for sharing all your guesses as we wait for the next Wonder of the Day®! We Wonder if we should grab our raincoat, just in case? :)

  8. Dear Wonderopolis,
    We always enjoy the “wonders of the day.” How many wonders do you think of each day? Did you talk about Alice in Wonderland because your site is called Wonderopolis? Most of our class has seen the movie “Alice in Wonderland.” They loved it!

    Thank you,
    Mrs. Johnson’s 4th grade class

    • HOORAY, our Wonder Friends from Mrs. Johnson’s 4th grade class are here today! You’ve got some STELLAR questions today! Wonderland, like Wonderopolis, is a magical place! It’s a place to dream up ideas, create cool things and use your imagination… that’s why we think it’s cool. Sometimes we’re full of Wonders that we can barely sit still, and sometimes we have to get together with other Wonder Friends in order to dream up with the next batch of Wonders.

      We’re so excited that today’s Wonder made you smile! We’ll see you soon! :)

  9. Dear Wonderopolis,

    We think wonderopolis is in Paris, underground, California, Florida or even Hollywood.

    We think tomorrow’s wonder will be about percipitation of some kind.

    Thank you for the wonders,
    Mrs. Witkowksi’s 4th graders.

    • Such great guesses from Mrs. Witkowski’s 4th grade class! We know that Wonderopolis is located in a very special, magical place… but you can Wonder no matter where you are located! :)

      Thanks for sharing your guess with us, too! We think tomorrow’s Wonder is going to make us say YOWZA! :)

  10. Thank you again Wonderopolis for more wonders to get our imaginations excited.

    We loved talking about the things that we might see if we went to Wonderland. Then we drew pictures of them! We drew:

    Twinkling stars, butterflies, stars and hearts, a cat, some angry fish, and a party!!

    • Hooray, we’re so excited that our Wonder Friends, PA Kindergarteners, are here today! We like to hear that you’ve been exercising your WONDERful imaginations! :)

      We bet each and every one of those drawings are beautiful! In fact, we think we’ve seen a certain butterfly on twitter today…! :)

    • Hey there, Wonder Friend Macy! We think the Mad Hatter is an interesting character… and he speaks in riddles?! We think it would be fun to visit Wonderopolis, especially with family and friends! We bet we could solve the Mad Hatter’s riddles that way! :)

  11. We thought today’s wonder was WONDERful! Wonderific. Most of the kids in our class like Tim Burton’s interpretation of Wonderland the most. However, we are still wondering where your offices are located. We predict that you are in New York.

    We think tomorrow’s wonder will be about raining spaghetti and meatballs, idioms, or flying pigs…please please please send more Ormie. :)

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts about today’s Wonder! We always smile when we find out Mrs. Ski’s PM Class has been WONDERing with us! We think the version directed by Tim Burton is interesting… it really makes us Wonder! However, we will always enjoy the original, cartoon version of the movie.

      We have Wonder Friends all over the world, including right where you are sitting now! Another group of our Wonder Friends mentioned they thought Wonderopolis was located in Paris, California or even underground! In a way, Wonderopolis is EVERYWHERE! :)

      We can’t wait to Wonder with you tomorrow… and we hope to see more of Ormie, too! He made us laugh until our tummies hurt! :)

    • We certainly agree, Mrs. Brandon’s Class! We are happy to Wonder just about anywhere, too! The best part about that… it’s possible! :)

  12. We love your news!!!!! Almost all the class wanted to go there!!!! Thanks for letting us WONDER.

    • Thanks so much, Wonder Friends in Mrs. Rosenthal-Mayer’s 3rd grade class! We are oh-so-happy that you’re learning new things while you’re visiting Wonderopolis! HOORAY! :)

  13. Hey WONDEROPOLIS I’ve ALWAYS WONDERed where you guys were but now I know. By the way can tomorow’s wonder of the day be about ONE DIRECTION or about LIONS? Thanks.

  14. Hi Wonderopolis,

    I think this wonder is awesome! I love how at the end you put in Narnia and Hogwarts :)

    Do you have any wonders about world wars?


    • Thank you for sharing your comment, Aushka! We’re glad you enjoy visiting Wonderopolis! We’re glad you’re here! :)

  15. Who hasn’t heard of Alice in Wonderland? Why wouldn’t he want to put his name on a classic book? Those are some unanswered questions I have do you have an answer?

    • Hey there, Wonder Friend cool beans! We’re so happy you have been WONDERing about Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! Some authors use a pseudonym and create another name when they write a book. Mark Twain’s real name was Samuel Clemens! We are so glad you’re using your imagination with us today– unanswered questions often lead to more WONDERing! Keep up the great work! :)

  16. I think wonderland is somewhere you would never look, in a really obvious place. It could be in a vase, but to get in you have to believe in wonderland.

    • What a great point, Wonder Friend Leena! Wonderland can be anywhere– anywhere you can use your imagination and creativity! We are so glad you visited us today! Thanks for sharing your comment! :)

  17. I love that movie! Thank you for puting it on there. Could you put another movie trailer on Wonderopolis? Also, in your imagination, if Wonderland was real, where would you think Wonderland is?

    • Hey there, Wonder Friend Riolana! Thanks for sharing your comment– we LOVE your enthusiasm! Many of our Wonder Friends here at Wonderopolis say that Wonderland is located in their imagination! It’s a place that they made up, with lots of green grass, crazy mazes, castles and brooks. Perhaps it would be located in Europe! What do you think? :)

    • What a SUPER place for Wonderland, Riolana! We are so glad you’ve been using your awesome imagination with us– have a STELLAR day, Wonder Friend! :)

  18. Dear wonder people,

    I really like the Alice in wonderland movie, but as I say, I like books more than movies. 😉 I hope I may have a comment back. Thank you.

    Your wonder friend, wonder kid

    • We agree with you Wonder Kid! The books are almost always better than the movies! We like how books describe the characters in much more detail, so that we can see what they look like in our mind. Sometimes, how we picture a character is different than what the movie shows us. Great WONDERing today, Wonder Kid! :-)

    • It is a great movie, Keenan C! We’re glad you are hanging out with us in Wonderopolis today! Thanks for sharing your comment! :)

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