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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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LEWIS CARROLL (1832-1898) was the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, as English author and mathematician. His masterpiece, ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, had modest origins: it was hand written and illustrated as a Christmas gift for a child friend, Lice Liddell. Three years later it was published as ALICE'S ADVENUTRES IN WONDERLAND under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll--to immediate and rousing success. It has since become one of the most beloved and well-known classics of all time.

Helen Oxenbury says that she enjoyed ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND when her mother read it to her as a child. The text still makes her laugh; even now she'll come across a passage of the book and think what wonderful nonsense it is. For today's children, she has made Alice a modern child, but otherwise, she says, it's just her view. Helen Oxenbury has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice, as well as many other prestigious awards.

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A clock-face grows like the daisies around it as the White Rabbit hurries by; in the opening pages of the story, Browne hints at his interpretive presence in Carroll's world. A burning key, a fish swimming through space, a green thread winding its way through a cabinetful of strange objects, and the artist makes it clear that this will be no ordinary Alice. Thimbles and umbrellas bloom atop green stalks, Willy the chimp races by, another thimble casts the shadow of a trophy, the Caterpillar wears a smoking jacket covered with butterflies. The Mad Hatter has a stack of his wares on his head, and wears a terrible grimace; the tea party at which he resides displays a table full of toylike objects and sweets, among which are many surprising juxapositions. In short, the volume is so consumed by the unexpected that readers may well find their eyes leaving the text to pore over the pictures, replete with jaunty details and stunning surreal images that grandly point back in the direction of the written word. All ages. (Oct.)

Gr 6 Up-Elegant book design and sophisticated artwork characterize this unabridged version of Carroll's classic. Lipchenko's illustrations, in monochromatic sepia and black-and-white tones, combine precisely drawn detail with broad architectural perspectives. Chapters are introduced by full-page pieces that convey plot particulars in a sometimes abstract and visually interpretive manner. For example, "The Pool of Tears" illustration depicts a large eye at the center of a snail-shell-style swirl with a stream of tears accumulating beneath. Each of these atmospheric works is surrounded by an intricate border, artfully composed of plot-related images, structural details, and gracefully draped swaths of curtain. These design elements also appear throughout the pages, framing and providing nimble connections between the various illustrations. Ever-changing perspectives, dramatic shadowing and shading, and layouts that have an Escheresque quality make the artwork remarkable and innovative, though geared toward a more mature audience. The relationship between the text and pictures offers much room for exploration and interpretation. This unusual work should be considered only for deep Alice collections.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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06/21/2005
"Rarely is the word 'masterpiece' used in reviewing anything, but this unabridged edition of a classic definitely brings the word to mind, in hushed and reverent tones." -------- Publishers Weekly, starred review
11/01/1999
..".Oxenbury's [ALICE] brims with the fun and frights of a visit to an amusement park. In perhaps her most ambitious work to date, Oxenbury applies her finely honed instinct for a child's perspective to create an Alice accessible to all ages. An ideal first introduction to a lifelong favorite read." -------- New York Times Book Review, The
12/02/1999
"Altogether, the chill is gone from the appearance of a story that after all remains frightening in its upside-down, inside-out logic. If Helen Oxenbury has eased children's way to the enduring fascination of Lewis Carroll's text, then so much the better, and more power to her." -------- Book Page
01/01/2000
circ=800,000
"The volume is oversized, the typeface large and friendly, the margins generous. This beautiful book quietly takes Alice out of the inky hands of scholars and places her back in the hands of children, where she has always belonged."

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