Alice, the child protagonist of Lewis Carroll's Alice's adventures in Wonderland, follows a hurried rabbit into it's hole and winds up in Wonderland. Encountering a peculiar cast of characters, she becomes quite artful in her interactions with these new "mad" friends; modulating her intake of elixirs and substances in an attempt to play her part correctly. Is it real? A magical realm made specifically for her or just a bored young girl's imagination run wild one afternoon. A classic tale re-visualized in a modern tone with illustrations by Slava Korin.
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.
This new version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is sharp and refreshing. Some of the romance has been converted into a graphic modern sensibility by the digital illustrations. If you’re an Alice collector, you need this one as well.