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Product Details

  • Paperback: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (July 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PMZJAQ
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)

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"Renée Raudman's straightforward narration of Carroll's beloved classic provides a pleasant alternative to other more theatrical renditions." ---AudioFile
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Lewis Carroll was actually born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. He was a noted English author, mathematician, inventor, photographer and Deacon at Christ Church. Dodgson was home-schooled during his youth, but displayed a great intellect and he was a voracious reader. He attended Oxford beginning in 1850, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a professorship there for twenty-six years. Dodgson had a distinct stammer, was deaf in one ear, a severe knee injury which left him with a pronounced limp and damaged lungs from a case of whooping cough. He began writing short stories and poetry in 1854, and in 1856, adopted the pen name of Lewis Carroll. Also in 1856, he met Henry Liddell, who had three daughters, one of whom was named Alice. One day on a rowing trip with the family in 1862, Dodgson told the story of “Alice’s Adventures Underground” to the girls and Alice begged him to write it down for her, which he did in 1864. A family friend read it and insisted that he attempt to get it published which he did in 1865, changing the name to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Although Dodgson was a capable illustrator, he believed his story needed a professional illustrator and Sir John Tenniel provided the art. The book was an instant commercial success, although not a critical one, providing “Carroll” with unwanted fame. In 1871, he completed the sequel “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.” Although he continued to write, none of his works achieved the success of the “Alice” books. He continued to teach until 1881, and died on January 14, 1898 from pneumonia. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

I liked the book but it was a little hard to follow sometimes.
Lily Jackson
As with the first Alice book, this also has the same illustrator as the original edition which makes it a delightful version.
lesley9
The poems are missing from the book, which makes it an incomplete work.
Anne Mason

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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Mcmullin on July 6, 2010
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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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88 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Anne Mason on December 21, 2009
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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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110 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Steven C. Watson on December 3, 2009
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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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mwoz on June 9, 2010
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By lesley9 on February 5, 2008
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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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anniepoo on January 21, 2011
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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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