Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Publication Date: October 6, 1999
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Lewis Carroll's timeless classic brought to life by one of the most revered children's book illustrators of our time!
Suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.
There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!"
Lewis Carroll's masterpiece, an exuberant mix of fun and fantasy, logic and lunacy, silliness and droll splendor, revolutionized children's literature. Its influence has been immeasurable, and the story's cast of characters, including Alice herself, the Mad Hatter, and the Cheshire Cat, hold a beloved place in our culture.
Now Helen Oxenbury, one of the world's most acclaimed illustrators—whose many books for children include the award-winning FARMER DUCK, by Martin Waddell, as well as her Tom and Pippo books—has brought her own special brand of magic to Lewis Carroll's classic.
And ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND is Helen Oxenbury at her very best. Her vision of Alice is unique and modern. Her Wonderland is fresh, whimsical, and lovingly created. With more illustrations than any other edition, this beautiful volume has all the warmth, depth of emotion, humor, and acute observations of people and animals for which Helen Oxenbury's work is so highly regarded. Join us in celebrating a major artistic achievement! And welcome back—to a Wonderland that is as astonishingly new as it is joyously familiar.
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, as well as many other prestigious awards.
"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
"...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
"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." --------
"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."