Thursday, May 14, 2009

Alice in Wonderland/The Cheshire Cat

The Cat only grinned when it saw Alice. It looked good-natured, she thought; still it had very long claws and a great many teeth, so she felt it ought to be treated with respect.

A Cheshire "cat" is a round of cheese. I can't find anything online that indicates the expression "cheesy grin" originated with the Cheshire Cat, though it would seem like a natural progression.

This is the image for July in the Wonderland Revisited 2010 calendar.

11 comments:

justdoodleit said...

"The Cheshire Cat" always makes me wonder if Catbus from Totoro is his Japanese cousin or even reincarnation :)

Rohzi E. said...

With each new piece of yours, I remember a part of the story I'd forgotten, lol. Great stuff. : - )

Bee said...

If anyone asks, I am using this derivation of "cheesy."

I really like the interplay of your figures and the outdoors.

get zapped said...

this is fun - thank you for the entertainment :)

bindu said...

Good one! I love your little illustrations getting out into the real world.

Lori Saul said...

What an enchanting site you have - your work is beautiful and playful too! I look forward to visiting again!

grrl+dog said...

well what do you know.. despite the fact that he was that great pink color in the disney version...the one that remains "true" to me even now.

aimee said...

well, you've convinced me - i need to re-read alice in wonderland. it has been so long i barely remember it. off to the library tomorrow!

rosedale's 4 head said...

how many times has that grin come up in literature....you nailed it!

j. said...

as i said in a previous comment, i am not that big of an alice in wonderland fan, however, i always love a cat and the chesire cat was always my favourite part of the story.

wonderfully done!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

cheese can certainly be a versatile word! this post makes me think of other uses of cheese.... big cheese...cut the cheese (what's with that) - and I've heard instead of 'bread' some folks use 'cheese' to indicate money....

we could go on, but I'm getting hungry and think I'll go down and see if there's any cheshire in the fridge, but definitely not a whole cat of it!