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Alice's adventures in Wonderland

1st Candlewick Press ed.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
206 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Chapter One: Down the Rabbit-Hole -- Chapter Two: The Pool of Tears -- Chapter Three: A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale -- Chapter Four: The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill -- Chapter Five: Advice from a Caterpillar -- Chapter Six: Pig and Pepper -- Chapter Seven: A Mad Tea-Party -- Chapter Eight: The Queen's Croquet-Ground -- Chapter Nine: The Mock Turtle's Story -- Chapter Ten: The Lobster Quadrille -- Chapter Eleven: Who Stole the Tarts? -- Chapter Twelve: Alice's Evidence.
A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.
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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.

Author Notes

Charles Luthwidge Dodgson was born in Daresbury, England on January 27, 1832. He became a minister of the Church of England and a lecturer in mathematics at Christ Church College, Oxford. He was the author, under his own name, of An Elementary Treatise on Determinants, Symbolic Logic, and other scholarly treatises.

He is better known by his pen name of Lewis Carroll. Using this name, he wrote Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. He was also a pioneering photographer, and he took many pictures of young children, especially girls, with whom he seemed to empathize. He died on January 14, 1898.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3 Up-A fresh visual interpretation of Carroll's classic. Oxenbury presents the unforgettable characters in a winning combination of black-and-white drawings and her recognizable softly shaded watercolors. Hers is a thoroughly modern Alice clad in a blue jumper and sneakers, a hefty and somewhat androgynous Duchess and Queen of Hearts, and the very colorful Mad Hatter in mismatched attire. Despite the contemporary twists, Oxenbury's droll, understated humor captures the essence of Carroll's fantasy world. Certainly, there is no shortage of "Alice" versions. Despite the plethora of choices, this edition is worthy of consideration. The original story is delivered with lively and appealing artwork in a package of impressive book design. Purists may prefer a more traditional interpretation, but most libraries will find this book to be a delightful addition to their collections.-Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

If Zwerger's Alice (reviewed above) is deliciously cryptic, Oxenbury's (Tom and Pippo books) 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. With the opening scene of a tomboyish heroine slumped against her sister who is reading under a tree, the artist seems to answer Alice's first line: "What is the use of a book... without pictures or conversations?" Nearly every spread contains either a spot-line drawing or full-bleed full-color painting. The artist nods to Tenniel with her hilarious portrait of the waistcoated White Rabbit and even extends the metaphor of the "grin without a cat" with a quartet of watercolors as the Cheshire Cat begins to disappearÄuntil only his grin remains. The villains here are more stoogelike than menacing, including the baby-throwing Duchess and the Queen of Hearts, and Oxenbury makes the most of such comic opportunities as the entangled powdered wigs of the Frog-Footman and Fish-Footman. A series of cleverly choreographed closing scenes shows Alice in the Queen's courtroom, pelted by the playing cards that, on the next spread, seem to have transformed into the falling leaves of the tree where Alice awakens and her sister gives her a kiss; a poignant parting shot of Alice's sister silhouetted at dusk under the tree, with sheep grazing in the field, acknowledges the shift in tone of Carroll's conclusion. An ideal first introduction to a lifelong favorite read. Ages 8-up. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

Two splendid new interpretations by world-class illustrators. Oxenbury's fat volume, printed on sturdy stock and bound to survive for generations, has invitingly large type, wide margins, and a generosity of illustrations, including full-color double-page spreads that open wondrously flat, color vignettes, and additional sketches throughout. Oxenbury delineates the story's humor with a gentle hand. The Mad Hatter is part Simple Simon, part Chaplin's endearing Little Tramp; the pedantic White Rabbit furry and pink-eared; even the Duchess and Queen are rotund and marshmallow soft. Alice, a contemporary child with tousled yellow hair, wears sneakers and a sleeveless blue shift revealing bare legs. From her wide eyes to her youthful posture, this Alice is a figure that expresses the innocence that goes with the unquenchable curiosity the author gave her, though it's a bit at odds with her logical, argumentative side.Still, Oxenbury's illustrations have a sweetness of tone and an amiable spirit that especially recommend this edition for precocious younger listeners as well as for children in the middle grades. With somewhat larger pages and only half as many of them, Lisbeth Zwerger's Alice has some daunting expanses of unillustrated type. And yet this edition has another kind of power: where Oxenbury has created a magical world with funny, fabulous creatures and inviting landscapes, Zwerger invokes a surreal dreamland virtually devoid of background and with few details; yet its ambiance is so intensely realized that it inspires the reader's own imagination. Her sleek, brown-haired Alice, demure (despite her bright red hose) in a high-necked dress and dark vest, is a solemn, contemplative child. If Oxenbury's Alice is Carroll's ""child of the pure unclouded brow,"" Zwerger has her ""dreaming eyes of wonder""; and she's the one who looks ready and able to counter the mad quips of Wonderland's inhabitants with a child's relentless logic. In Zwerger's dreamy world, everything is disassociated: characters gaze into space rather than at each other; odd details are tucked here and there in the text like so many grins without their Cheshire cats; even the cups at the Mad Tea Party stand separate and solitary. Yet this apparent randomness of images and their placement-like the surreal quality of a dream-is actually extraordinarily purposeful. Zwerger's full-page paintings, especially, are exquisitely composed, with unexpected vantage points to give us dynamic new views of the events. Here's an Alice to use with young adults, and beyond; like the book itself, these illustrations open doors to many levels of creative interpretation. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. British illustrator Oxenbury, best known for her acclaimed depictions of baby and toddler life, has undertaken the ambitious challenge of illustrating Carroll's classic dreamscape. This is the second new edition of Alice this season, and though it is a welcome addition, it suffers a bit by comparison with Lisbeth Zwerger's version [BKL N 1 99]. Oxenbury's Wonderland is a soft, beautiful springtime world that is a pleasure to observe, but it lacks Zwerger's sense of mystery and Carroll's intellectual angularity. As for Oxenbury's Alice, she's pretty and blonde, but she lacks personality and may be too jarringly contemporary in appearance for some readers. Nevertheless, Oxenbury is a brilliant watercolorist, and her pictures are beautifully designed, as is the book itself. The thick, elegant, cream-colored paper is a visual and tactile delight. --Michael Cart

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Down the Rabbit-Holep. 11
Chapter 2 The Pool of Tearsp. 27
Chapter 3 A Caucus-Race and a Long Talep. 39
Chapter 4 The Rabbit Sends in a Little Billp. 55
Chapter 5 Advice from a Caterpillarp. 73
Chapter 6 Pig and Pepperp. 89
Chapter 7 A Mad Tea-Partyp. 109
Chapter 8 The Queen's Croquet-Groundp. 125
Chapter 9 The Mock Turtle's Storyp. 147
Chapter 10 The Lobster Quadrillep. 163
Chapter 11 Who Stole the Tarts?p. 177
Chapter 12 Alice's Evidencep. 193