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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Books of Wonder) Hardcover – May 19, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0688110871 ISBN-10: 0688110878

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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 980L (What's this?)
  • Series: Books of Wonder
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 19, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688110878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688110871
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


`It takes hubris to reinterpret artist John Tenniel's original vision of Alice's journey. Enter the so-called ``Mad Hatter of Canadian Graphic Arts,'' engraver George Walker, who began the project as a student twenty years ago. Tender and dark at the same time, these extraordinary woodcuts reflect their maker's youthful energy. An introduction by Alberto Manguel says it best: ``Glimpses, snapshots, details of larger scenes tell of Walker's reading, a reading that follows Alice's frantic pace, far from Victorian sobriety, from madness to greater madness.'' Both Alice's story and these remarkable illustrations communicate on many levels. Ages nine to twelve.'

(ForeWord Magazine)

`Walker is an artist of many talents and media -- and many contradictions. A figurative artist, he is interested in illuminating abstractions cast up from his unconscious. Literate and articulate, he expresses complex thoughts and ideas in singular images. He published a book without text, letting the images carry the narrative. A generous nature can give way suddenly to a disquisition on social inequality that he also translates into the grammar of picture making. There is a startling muteness and directness to his pictures, yet they are intended to effect change, often in the immediate world around him, or in the viewer's perceptions of the world around them. The technical dimension of his artistic practice is privileged and apparent in the work, yet the art far exceeds material, method and process. His art is often grounded in the process of automatism, allowing for the unconscious to speak directly and spontaneously in images, even as his technique embraces the painstaking and precise nomenclature of wood engraving, block printing and bookbinding. The immediacy of his messages and their meanings are the product of careful rendering, circumspection and consideration.'

(Tom Smart Devil's Artisan)

The Porcupine's Quill has just released a wonderful new edition of Alice in Wonderland lavishly illustrated with wood engravings by George Walker and with a new introduction by Alberto Manguel. Following in the tradition of the Cheshire Cat Press edition published nearly 25 years ago by Bill Poole, George Walker and Joseph Brabant (one of the finest examples of a Canadian private press book), the story is as beautiful woven through the illustrations and design as it is through the magical words we are all familiar with. (Richard, Bytown Bookshop)

Walker's edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Cheshire Cat Press, 1988) announced forcefully his precocious talents as a printmaker and book artist. His enormously expressive woodcut illustrations paired with master letterpress publisher Bill Poole's sensitive handling of type, printing and binding, comprised one of the finest hand-printed volumes ever produced in Canada. Alice has just been issued in a trade edition paperback by Porcupine's Quill in Erin, Ont. (Tom Smart "The great Canadian (graphic) novel", Telegraph-Journal)

`The classic Alice in Wonderland is known by all, but the story is off the wall enough that one's interpretation may be different from another's. Alice Adventure's in Wonderland: Wood Engravings is George A. Walker's own take with woodcuts as he illustrates Carroll's famed story. Showing a unique skill in his interpretation, he captures a charm that's been lost with the decline of woodcuts, and makes for a unique journey. Alice's Adventure in Wonderland is a must for any fan of the story and unique art styles.'

(Midwest Book Review)

`Fanciful and eccentric, [George A. Walker's] engravings cast Lewis Carroll's classic fantasy fiction in a darker more sinister hue that will appeal to the inner child of many mature readers.'

(Robert Reid The Record) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a great book for children.
I love reading Alice in wonderland stories I always compare each book to the movie to see which is like the movie.
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Through it all I was satisfied by the book, although it is a bit confusing it still makes a good read.
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173 of 197 people found the following review helpful By Bart Breen VINE VOICE on June 6, 2010
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So, what's a 47 year old doing reviewing a classic children's book? Well, it occurred to me as I was looking through the available books on my Kindle, that many of the free ones (yes I'm quite open to free as an option) that there were many books that I assumed I knew because I had seen movies, seen summarized in some other form or simply because they were cultural icons and "everybody" knows these books.

Many I have indeed read and did read as I was younger. However, now with a Kindle and a commute, it seemed a perfect opportunity to address some of those elements lacking in my basic reading. It was in this spirit that I down loaded Alice's adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and read through it is a remarkably short period of time. Many of these free books on the Kindle, are in the public domain and have been available in text or PDF files for quite some time. A simple conversion in format is all that is required to make it available. The question I asked as I read the book, is does the experience of reading it in this format take away anything from the experience. Children's Literature in particular is often about more than just the words on a page. Of course there are often illustrations, the physical book itself takes on dimensions that are bigger than usual. This adds to the experience of a child reading the book by themselves but in particular it adds to the experience of a child being read to who can then sit in a lap or look as the book as presented and share in the experience by learning to read or reinforcing reading skills.

So, for a aging kid who needs something to read to round out his cultural iconic missing links this worked just fine.
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281 of 330 people found the following review helpful By James Walley on September 19, 2010
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"What is the use of a book without pictures or conversations?" Someone might have thought to ask that of the compilers of this Kindle edition, which lacks any of the famed Tenniel illustrations, even though they're all in the public domain and have been made available in many on-line versions. Worse, the compilers also omit Carroll's opening poem, "All in the golden afternoon," even though it's an integral part of the book. One gets the feeling that the goal was to not make the free version truly complete, so that one would have to wind up purchasing one of the non-free editions for one's Kindle -- which is probably a better solution from the outset.
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72 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Sassycat on May 26, 2009
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I forgot how wonderful a tale this is. It is written so well that the images almost jump off the page. Even as an adult I couldn't help but to fall under Carroll's spell.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Robin Lionheart on November 30, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Unfortunately, this free Kindle edition of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" does not reproduce the original's stylistic usage of typography. A particularly glaring example is the Mouse's tale. In the original, this poem is rendered in a series of indented lines of dwindling point size, curling to and fro across the page in the shape of a mouse tail. In this free Kindle edition, the Mouse's tale is flattened into a single paragraph, not even indented like a poem. Furthermore, this edition leaves out the prefaratory poem entirely.

Unpleasantly, this edition also uses ASCII typography throughout: "straight quotes" instead of curly quotes, em dashes rendered as a pair of hyphens (--), and so forth.

Read this book in a better edition, like the far superior The Complete Alice in Wonderland (Kindle Master Editions), which unlike this edition, is complete, includes both Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, illustrations (by Tenniel, Holliday, and Carroll), and annotations. (The Kindle Master Edition also does not reproduce the typographical tricks to render the Mouse's tale as a tail, though it does at least format it decently like a poem.)

For a less portable version with full typographic fidelity, plus outstanding annotations explaining details of Victorian manners and culture parodied within the Alice books, I heartily recommend The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Smoking Pen on February 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The treasure of this edition lies principally in its beautiful layout and thoroughly original illustrations. Strict traditionalists may find Garcia's gothlike depictions of their favourite Wonderland characters a bit off-putting, while fans of Alice looking for something distinctly different won't be disappointed. The text is Carroll's original classic, nicely set, with a whimsical unjustified right edge and pleasing gradient toned pages. This volume does not include Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, which is a pity -- it would have been interesting to see Garcia's depiction of the Jabberwocky. Garcia's art notwithstanding, I would more highly recommend:

The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition

I also highly recommend:

Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By N. M. Killelea on May 3, 2010
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The book received only included "Alice in Wonderland". "Through the Looking Glass" is not included in the book, even though the picture depicts that both are included. I found the book that included both stories elsewhere and purchased it. I donated the book I received from Amazon to my daughter's school library instead of dealing with the hassle of returning it.
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