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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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One of the most original books in world literature, Lewis Carroll's tale of childhood whimsy has something to offer everyone with enough curiosity to follow Alice down the rabbit hole. This limited edition is distinguished by Iassen Ghuiselev's extraordinary illustrations, whose master stroke was to create one painting that tells the entire adventure. A tour de force of innovative book illustration and design and embellished with exquisite calligraphy, this is an essential addition to every Alice in Wonderland collection.
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Gr 2-5-An oversized book containing 12 full-page illustrations, one per chapter, with various smaller pictures of story elements peppered throughout, similar to the layout and design Zwerger used in The Wizard of Oz (North-South, 1996). The pictures are done in muted watercolors with very simple lines. Despite the flawless artistry evident in the work, there is something missing from Zwerger's Alice, and that would appear to be Alice herself. The child is clearly seen full-face in only a single illustration, that of the mad tea party, and then her facial expression is blank and disinterested. Otherwise, she is merely glimpsed: in the distance, looking down, disappearing from the page, and in some cases headless. The illustration of Alice after she has drunk the liquid causing her to grow shows only her cramped knees. Carroll's Alice is a feisty participant in her adventures, but Zwerger portrays her more as a sleepwalker, giving readers no opportunity to see how she is reacting to the events around her, be they bizarre, nightmarish, or humorous. While adults may find the book interesting from a visual standpoint, either the original artwork by John Tenniel or Michael Hague's charming version (Holt, 1995), which has literally double the number of illustrations, will have more child appeal.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

About the Author

Charles Dodgson, better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an Oxford academic. Dodgson experimented with branches of mathematics, including symbolic logic, that were the precursors to modern computer science. In the summer of 1862, during a boating trip on the Thames River, he entertained ten-year-old Alice Liddell and her two sisters by telling a story that would become his most famous and lasting work, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It was published in 1865 and was followed by its sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, in 1871. He died in 1898 and is buried in Guildford, Surrey, England. Iassen Ghiuselev studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia and has devoted his outstanding talents to illustrating childen's classics. Ghiuselev has won many Awards including a Silver Medal from the New York Society of Illustrators in 2005 and the Illustrator of the Year Award in 1994 and 2005 at the Bologna Book Fair. He has illustrated several books for Simply Read Books including The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi and The Queen Bee by Brothers Grimm. He is working currently on the illustrations for the Alice sequel, Through the Looking Glass. He currently lives in Sofia with his wife and daughter.

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Gr 2-5-An oversized book containing 12 full-page illustrations, one per chapter, with various smaller pictures of story elements peppered throughout, similar to the layout and design Zwerger used in The Wizard of Oz (North-South, 1996). The pictures are done in muted watercolors with very simple lines. Despite the flawless artistry evident in the work, there is something missing from Zwerger's Alice, and that would appear to be Alice herself. The child is clearly seen full-face in only a single illustration, that of the mad tea party, and then her facial expression is blank and disinterested. Otherwise, she is merely glimpsed: in the distance, looking down, disappearing from the page, and in some cases headless. The illustration of Alice after she has drunk the liquid causing her to grow shows only her cramped knees. Carroll's Alice is a feisty participant in her adventures, but Zwerger portrays her more as a sleepwalker, giving readers no opportunity to see how she is reacting to the events around her, be they bizarre, nightmarish, or humorous. While adults may find the book interesting from a visual standpoint, either the original artwork by John Tenniel or Michael Hague's charming version (Holt, 1995), which has literally double the number of illustrations, will have more child appeal.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

"An Alice accessible to all ages," wrote PW in a starred review. "The villains here are more stoogelike than menacing, and the volume brims with the fun and frights of a visit to an amusement park. An ideal introduction to a lifelong favorite read." Ages 8-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"Ghiuselev's ambitious vision and startling perspectives--such as a dramatic overhead view of the Mad Hatter's tea party--will delight children's literature enthusiasts and aspiring fine artists alike." - Booklist "Ghiuselev captures all of Alice's adventures in one sophisticated painting, which was done in gouache on wood panel and is reproduced on the book's cover. This is the only place where the picture is presented in its entirety, and it will be concealed by the dust jacket, which features another image. The unabridged text is illustrated with details of this larger painting, supplemented by additional monochromatic sketches. The artist's blend of unusual perspectives and strangely interconnected walkways and buildings seems reminiscent of the style of M. C. Escher. The artwork is the color of old parchment, and the beige and brown tones are highlighted with muted touches of blue and green. While many of the views reproduce beautifully and their bigger size invites a closer inspection of numerous details, some of the scenes seem a bit grainy and slightly out of focus. Still, the art is evocative, and the layout is appealing and carefully balanced. Not a first purchase for most collections, but an intriguing addition for Alice addicts." - School Library Journal "This is one of the most brilliant pictorial interpretations of Alice ... A must for Alice fans of any age." - Locus "This Simply Read Books edition of Lewis Carroll's classic fantasy, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, is a simply gorgeous version showcasing bold, often monochromatic, and somewhat exaggerated illustrations by Iassen Ghiuselev that bring the unreality of Wonderland vividly to life. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland is a literary treasure for readers of all ages. The quality book binding incorporates a built-in bookmark on a ribbon that says "Read Me," in a delightful complement to this widely beloved story. Due to the coffee-table size of this edition

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