Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Posted: 01/29/2011 in Children eBooks
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.  full read hereEditorial Reviews Review
Source of legend and lyric, reference and conjecture, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is for most children pure pleasure in prose. While adults try to decipher Lewis Carroll’s putative use of complex mathematical codes in the text, or debate his alleged use of opium, young readers simply dive with Alice through the rabbit hole, pursuing “The dream-child moving through a land / Of wonders wild and new.” There they encounter the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle, and the Mad Hatter, among a multitude of other characters–extinct, fantastical, and commonplace creatures. Alice journeys through this Wonderland, trying to fathom the meaning of her strange experiences. But they turn out to be “curiouser and curiouser,” seemingly without moral or sense.For more than 130 years, children have reveled in the delightfully non-moralistic, non-educational virtues of this classic. In fact, at every turn, Alice’s new companions scoff at her traditional education. The Mock Turtle, for example, remarks that he took the “regular course” in school: Reeling, Writhing, and branches of Arithmetic-Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision. Carroll believed John Tenniel’s illustrations were as important as his text. Naturally, Carroll’s instincts were good; the masterful drawings are inextricably tied to the well-loved story. (All ages) –Emilie Coulter 

From Publishers Weekly
A clock-face grows like the daisies around it as the White Rabbit hurries by; in the opening pages of the story, Browne hints at his interpretive presence in Carroll’s world. A burning key, a fish swimming through space, a green thread winding its way through a cabinetful of strange objects, and the artist makes it clear that this will be no ordinary Alice. Thimbles and umbrellas bloom atop green stalks, Willy the chimp races by, another thimble casts the shadow of a trophy, the Caterpillar wears a smoking jacket covered with butterflies. The Mad Hatter has a stack of his wares on his head, and wears a terrible grimace; the tea party at which he resides displays a table full of toylike objects and sweets, among which are many surprising juxapositions. In short, the volume is so consumed by the unexpected that readers may well find their eyes leaving the text to pore over the pictures, replete with jaunty details and stunning surreal images that grandly point back in the direction of the written word. All ages.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 3 Up Hague, in his “Afterword,” gives a fine reason for tackling a book that has already been illustrated some 100 times: to “reinterpret the classics for each new generation of children.” But what does Hague bring to Alice that is fresh or contemporary in insight? Only a set of crowded images that seem too often to be seen through a dirty yellow filter. There’s no denying the competency of his drawing. He does his anatomy homework, and his mock-Rackham trees are properly gnarled, but they lack the brooding mystery of the master’s originals. The Queen is a fresh face with a red fright wig and jutting lower lip, almost a Dom DeLuise in drag. But Alice, although a real girl, looks too old for the part at times. Individually, Hague produces attractive characters that hover quite close to the descriptions Carroll provides or Dame Nature offers. Once again the trouble comes in the organization of these characters and architectural sets; they too frequently don’t seem to fit. A heavy-handed use of black outline is one reason figures are isolated in space. Sometimes it’s an odd juxtaposition of colors. And why does he put human hands on some of his animals and not on others? Although these odd bits of artistic shortcomings are in evidence, they do not override an attraction to aspects of Hague’s illustrations, which will have broad appeal. Yet despite his expressed hope that children “will want to read this wonderful story” because of his pictures, it is more likely that they’ll want to read it because of the profound imagination of the author and his ability to spin a yarn as pertinent today as it was 100 years ago. Kenneth Marantz,u Art Education Department, Ohio State Univ . , Columbus
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Author: By Lewis Carroll
Published on: 1997-05-01
Released on: 1997-05-01
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