This Top Five Classics edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland includes:
• The complete texts of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
• John Tenniel’s 92 original illustrations, including 35 in color
• The Hunting of the Snark, with Henry Holiday’s 10 original illustrations
• An informative introduction, author bio, and helpful notes
Originally written and hand-drawn from 1862 to 1864 by Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) for 10-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of Dodgson’s Oxford college dean, the manuscript “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground” would become, with the help of John Tenniel’s beautiful and humorous illustrations, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published by Macmillan in 1865 in Britain and the U.S. The book, at turns silly and satiric, gentle and wild, would quickly become beloved around the world by children and adults, and spawn the classic sequel Through the Looking-Glass (1871) and the immortal nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark (1876). The author, a shy mathematics professor called Charles Dodgson, would become internationally famous and ever after remembered by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. The books have never gone out of print and over nearly two centuries have spawned countless offshoots and adaptations—books, artwork, plays, games, and movies. This Top Five Classics edition of the fully illustrated Alice books presents the stories the way they were meant to be enjoyed.
These lushly illustrated hardcover gift books are meant to be cherished for years to come.Alice in WonderlandLewis Carroll, illus. by Rodney Matthews. Candlewick/Templar, (96p) An interplanetary landscape serves as the backdrop to Alice's journey in this fantastical rendition, which fits into a sturdy slipcase. Alice whose long blonde hair is streaked with gray and facial features seem almost haunted encounters a cast of familiar characters who, in Matthews's hands, have exaggerated, alien qualities: an especially bestial March Hare and a goblinlike Mad Hatter appear at the tea party, as a living tree looks on. In addition to surreal and vibrant full-spread scenes, b&w spot art often appears beside Carroll's text. Matthews's original and psychedelic conception befits the story's unworldly essence. All ages.