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Alice Through The Looking Glass [Paperback]

by Lewis Carroll, Jeremy Reed
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)


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Book Description

2000 1840680210 978-1840680218 9 and up
From the idyllic childhood world of the Small Faces 'Itchycoo Park' to the Beatles 'Lucy in the Sky of Diamonds', Lewis Carroll's vivid imagery has exerted a strong influence on '60's psychedelia.

In his fascinating introduction, Jeremy Reed highlights the psychedelic nuances of the text reveals how this Victorian eccentric - with one of the most vivid imaginations in literature - was to inspire and set a precedent for some of the most legendary songwriters in popular music. He also questions the casual assimilation of Alice Through the Looking Glass into children's literature.

Alice Through the Looking Glass remains a fascinating book, and is here presented in its true adult context for the very first time.



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Praise for 'Alice in Wonderland': "This is a real Alice for the present day, but nonetheless one it is easy to image living the extraordinary adventure Lewis Carroll wrote for her." Quentin Blake "Emma Chichester Clark's intelligent update of Alice in Wonderland makes it more accessible and less frightening than Lewis Carroll's original, complete with John Tenniel's dark, prickly Victorian pictures. Girls of 5+ should enjoy it." Amanda Craig, The Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Emma studied art at the Royal College of Art. She has worked as a freelancer for magazines, publishers and advertising agencies as well as teaching art for several years, but now dedicates most of her time to children's books --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Series: Creation Classics (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Creation Books (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840680210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840680218
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,845,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Edited July 6, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was very disappointed to discover that this version of the book is missing pretty much all the poetry. The songs are shortened and details are left out. I advise purchasing the book rather than downloading the free version. This is one of my favorite books from my childhood and I sorely missed "The Walrus and the Carpenter". Not to mention the loss of the Jaberwocky. On a side note- I'd forgotten that the many Alice in Wonderland movies often combined the two books.
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107 of 113 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing December 3, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Some of the poetry seems to be missing from the work, it really bothers me. You're better off to buy a copy than use this free one.
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poetry missing December 21, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The poems are missing from the book, which makes it an incomplete work. Sometimes, I guess you get what you pay for.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle editions - some far better than others January 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This edition is a VERY POOR kindle choice. 5 stars are for the book itself. I sampled many Alice in Wonderland and all the Through the Looking Glass books I could find available (at Amazon and Gutenberg org - though today I discover some I missed). I believe I found that the best available editions, if you want both, are:

The BLTC at 1.79 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (BLTC Press Edition) - this edition is very well formatted with all the Tenniel illustrations that I recall and is the one I purchased myself.

The Bompacrazy at .99 Alice in Wonderland (Illustrated) or Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Illustrated) (these two appear to be exactly the same from the samples as both have the 'blotted out' picture of the Drink Me tag): this is almost as good a choice, though not quite as well formatted. The sample has a Rackham illustration (and there may be more) as well as the many Tenniel, though, which is a plus.

The free Gutenberg org versions - lacked the improved linking and formatting, but there are various illustrated editions; may be worth it to you if .99 is too much or you are looking for something other than Tenniel.

I did see a kindle version of an 'Original First Edition' Alice which appears to be illustrated by Arthur Rackham - in case you are looking for that one instead of the better known John Tenniel version.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete--"buyer" beware June 9, 2010
By mwoz
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although the plot is just a charming as ever, the poetry is missing. It's free, so nothing lost, but the sense just isn't the same without the poetry.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book in its own right. August 11, 2000
Format:Paperback
"Through The Looking Glass" is, perhaps, not QUITE as good as "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland", but it's close enough to still rate five stars. Not, properly, a sequel to the first book, there is no indication at any point in it that the Alice (clearly the same individual, slightly older) from this book ever had the adventures in the first one; there is no reference to her previous adventures, even when she once again meets Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Obviously, the two books are intended as parallel adventures, not subsequent ones.
The most memorable bits from this book are doubtlessly the poem, "Jabberwocky", as well as chapter six, "Humpty Dumpty". But all of the book is marvellous, and not to be missed by anyone who enjoys a magical romp through silliness and playful use of the English language.
(This review refers to the unabridged "Dover Thrift Edition".)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shamefully Incomplete August 14, 2010
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This is a shamefully incomplete edition of THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS. It's a travesty which omits the important poetry.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delux version of this classic Alice series February 5, 2008
By lesley9
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
BLTC Press out of Santa Cruz, CA. has done another Kindle-specific edition in this Feb 2008 release. Note the first one they did of this Lewis Carroll classic but for Alice in Wonderland done in Nov 2007.

As with the first Alice book, this also has the same illustrator as the original edition which makes it a delightful version. The illustrations are scattered throughtout the entire book and work well on the Kindle.

Together, these BLTC Press editions preloaded onto a Kindle e-reader gift to an older child seems a fabulous idea. At $399 a pop currently for a Kindle, this does seem like an expensive idea and I'm not sure there's a way to control a child downloading at will books from Amazon but I'm so happy to see Kindle supported so specifically by publishers this early on.

If Kindle really takes off and e-books start to get some serious widespread consumer interest, wouldn't it be great if special versions of Kindle could be produced for niche markets like children. This could supplement physical books who have the edge certainly with their ability to do special features like pop-ups, color, sounds etc but for classics like Alice which are more conventionally text based and translate well into just black and white, what a great way to add to the mix and continue to encourage older readers to read more and watch less TV and play video games.

This is the Alice book that will introduce Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Red and White Queens, the Jabberwocky, the Garden of Live Flowers and lots of other fanciful delights to another generation of children! Makes great adult reading as well ~(;->

This edition will cost more but I think you'll find it well worth it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars it's fun
It's interesting but not for old fart hearts like me. It good to get lost in this world but sometimes a bit tedious
Published 10 days ago by Angel
4.0 out of 5 stars Through the Looking Glass
Honestly, not a bad read. Definitely a book more geared towards children's literature but can be an interesting read for an adult. Read more
Published 15 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite books
What fun dreams are! The help us work out the mysteries and challenges of life. Great job, Alice! And Lewis Carroll!
Published 1 month ago by DEBRA A RINEHART
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
I strongly recommend this book to young readers. It is a great book for the young mind. Through The looking glass is a book for the mind. Read more
Published 2 months ago by redwingskeeper
5.0 out of 5 stars So lovely to teach children about beautiful language
My son couldn't wait each night for me to read this classic tale.
He never struggled with the complexity of the language and loved the fast changing pace of the adventure.
Published 2 months ago by kathryn lowe
3.0 out of 5 stars Upside down tea anyone II
I did enjoy the story since I was playing catch up on my Wonderland lesson for "Splintered" I was surprised by how difficult it was to read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S.M.-CT
2.0 out of 5 stars free
I got this book free from Amazon when I first got my Kindle. It's a classic, and therefore obviously awesome.
Published 2 months ago by Josh Yochem
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun for Everybody!
The version I actually read was an online edition with all the same illustrations and such. I found it to be just as much fun as the original, with more fun twists and turns with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. A. Kleinhans
4.0 out of 5 stars The story is excellent! 5-star worthy! BUT...
The Kindle version only gets 4 because the pictures in the book don't display on my device. I have a Kindle DX so I was very disappointed about this, particularly because some of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kujo Daggs
4.0 out of 5 stars great purchase
this was a really great purchase at a very good price and I didn't even have to leave my home how convenient
Published 3 months ago by M. Igarashi
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