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"Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" is a widely beloved British children’s book by Lewis Carroll, published in 1865. With its fantastical tales and riddles, it became one of the most popular works of English-language fiction. It was notably illustrated by British artist John Tenniel, drawings that appear in this edition.
"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" opens on a scene of Alice reading over her sister Delilah's shoulder. Alice sees the White Rabbit scurry down a rabbit hole and decides to follow him. In Wonderland, she meets an assortment of strange characters, including the Cheshire Cat, who advises her to attend a tea party thrown by the March Hare. After the Mad Hatter tries to cut her hair, Alice runs away from the tea party. She soon finds herself in a garden where servants are painting roses red to appease the Queen of Hearts. Alice is called upon to testify against a tart thief. When Alice admits she knows nothing about the crime, the Queen orders her execution. Alice wakes up at the last minute to realise this was all a dream.
A pensive, titian-haired Alice trips down the rabbit hole in this adaptation that pairs the classic story with gracefully expressive illustrations. Ingpen's detailed visions of the menagerie of creatures Alice meets lend them anthropomorphic qualities while remaining anatomically precise. The Cheshire cat, who peers out at Alice from a crowd of leaves with a milk-tooth smile, does so with kittenish serenity. The infamous tea-party is a cozy affair with intimate soft-focus portraits in pencil of the sleepy dormouse, hare (who dips his watch into his cup of tea) and the rather bleary Mad Hatter, whose pencil-drawn sidewise glances suggest it's all dreamy good fun. A lovely and faithful interpretation. Ages 10 up.