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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, published Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, in 1871. Considered a master of the genre of literary nonsense, he is renowned for his ingenious wordplay and sense of logic, and his highly original vision. Sir John Tenniel briefly attended the Royal Academy Schools, but for the most part he was a self taught artist. His illustrations appeared regularly in Punch, but it was the Alice books that confirmed his international reputation as an illustrator. Tenniel was knighted in 1893. Paul O. Zelinsky is the illustrator of Anne Isaac's Dust Devil and creator of the now-classic interactive book called The Wheels on the Bus. His retelling of Rapunzel was awarded the 1998 Caldecott Medal. Rumpelstitlskin, Hansel and Gretel and Swamp Angel with different authors all garnered Paul a Caldecott Honor. Since 1991 Paul O. Zelinsky has lived in the same apartment with his wife Deborah in northern Brooklyn, New York. Peter Glassman is the owner of Books of Wonder, the New York City bookstore and publisher specializing in new and old imaginative books for children. He is also the editor of the Books of Wonder Classics, a series of deluxe facsimiles and newly illustrated editions of timeless tales. And he is the author of The Wizard Next Door, illustrated by Steven Kellogg. Mr. Glassman lives in New York City.

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wonderland revisited Spanish illustrator Angel Dominguez fills an unabridged edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with 75 watercolors, most of them closely packed with lush oversized flowers, strange creatures and winding vines reminiscent of Art Nouveau-often against bizarrely serene pastoral backgrounds. Exotic birds and animals, such as peacocks and zebras, wander through the picture frame. While the illustrations bring out the text's absurdity, pretty-in-pink Alice provides a counterpoint not of normalcy but of sentimentality.

K-Gr 5-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.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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