Alice is feeling bored while sitting on the riverbank with her sister, when she notices a talking, clothed White Rabbit with a pocket watch run past. She follows it down a rabbit hole when suddenly she falls a long way to a curious hall with many locked doors of all sizes. She finds a small key to a door too small for her to fit through, but through it she sees an attractive garden. She then discovers a bottle on a table labelled "DRINK ME", the contents of which cause her to shrink too small to reach the key which she has left on the table. A cake with "EAT ME" on it causes her to grow to such a tremendous size her head hits the ceiling. Alice is unhappy and cries as her tears flood the hallway. After shrinking down again due to a fan she had picked up, Alice swims through her own tears and meets a Mouse ...
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.