L'esprit de L'escalier
This book comes recommended by listener Anna Brandt, and I've referenced it several times.
An updated version of the Alice tale for a more modern audience. Recommended by Victoria. Scared the H - E - Double - Hockey - Sticks out of Michial when he was younger.
The little boy in this book, Digory Kirke, has his own "Wonderland" type adventure visiting another world. His is the happy ending of such adventures, growing up to encourage the next generation of children to have adventures of their own and to experience magic and enchantment of the best kind.
Magic that tends toward a Christian metaphysics.
The Victorians invented children and disturbing children's novels.
I went ahead and included the annotated Martin Gardner version here as well, because as Michial rightly said - unless you're a Victorian or Victorian scholar, there is a lot you will miss culturally just reading the Lewis Carroll text.
It's not a hagiography. Sorry I butchered your name Mr. Neal Gabler.