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Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Illustrated Junior Library) [Hardcover]

by Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel
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Book Description

October 1, 1946 0448060043 978-0448060040 Deluxe
When Alice tumbles down, down, down a rabbit-hole one hot summer's afternoon in pursuit of a White Rabbit she finds herself in Wonderland. And there begin the fantastical adventures that will see her experiencing extraordinary changes in size, swimming in a pool of her own tears and attending the very maddest of tea parties. For Wonderland is no ordinary place and the characters that populate it are quite unlike anybody young Alice has ever met before. In this imaginary land she encounters the savagely violent Queen, the Lachrymose Mock Turtle, the laconic Cheshire Cat and the hookah-smoking Caterpillar, each as surprising and outlandish as the next. Alice's adventures have made her the stuff of legend, the child heroine par excellence, and ensured that Carroll's book is the best loved and most widely read in children's literature.

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That Alice. When she's not traipsing after a rabbit into Wonderland, she's gallivanting off into the topsy-turvy world behind the drawing-room looking glass. In Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll's masterful and zany sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, she makes more eccentric acquaintances, including Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the White Queen, and a somewhat grumpy Humpty Dumpty. Through a giant and elaborate chess game, Alice explores this odd country, where one must eat dry biscuits to quench thirst, and run like the wind to stay in one place. As in life, Alice must stay on her toes to learn the rules of this game. Through the Looking Glass immediately took its rightful place beside its partner on the shelf of eternal classics. And luckily for generations of enraptured children, Carroll was again able to persuade John Tenniel to create the fantastic woodblock engravings that have become so indelibly associated with the Alice stories. For almost 130 years, Alice's curious adventures have amused, perplexed, and delighted readers, young and old. This gorgeous, deluxe boxed set of both volumes contains engravings from Tenniel's original woodblocks that were discovered in a London bank in 1985, and reproduced for the first time here. "'What is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures?'" What indeed? (All ages) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A book of wonder and nonsense laced with lethal wit."  —Guardian


"A marvellous confidence in the primacy of the imagination."  —Will Self, author, The Book of Dave

"Precise, dream-like, subversive."  —Independent on Sunday
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Series: Illustrated Junior Library
  • Hardcover: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Deluxe edition (October 1, 1946)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448060043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448060040
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,748 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), the pen name of Oxford mathematician, logician, photographer and author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, is famous the world over for his fantastic classics "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "Through the Looking Glass," "The Hunting of the Snark," "Jabberwocky," and "Sylvie and Bruno."

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186 of 199 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Curiouser and curiouser!" October 26, 2004
By Monika
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My first exposure to Lewis Carroll's classic children's story was through the 1951 Disney film adaptation "Alice in Wonderland," which I watched repeatedly as a child. The creative quality of the story never failed to fascinate me, and I kept going back despite my deep-rooted terror of the frightful Queen of Hearts, who always gave me nightmares! However, it was not until recently, as an adult, that I ever picked up the book/s upon which that film was based. In some ways I wish I had read it when I was younger, as the book certainly makes a great deal more sense than the movie does (as much sense as a story of this sort can, anyhow), but thankfully this book is unique in that it is just as enjoyable for adults as for children.

The story is actually spread across two books, here contained in a single volume. "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" was first published in 1865 and relates the events that take place after young Alice falls asleep during her lessons and dreams of following a white rabbit down a rabbit hole. Alice encounters all manner of strange creatures in her dream, and finds herself in all sorts of curious predicaments where common sense fails and the nonsensical comes to be expected. There is no central, concrete storyline, but rather Alice moves rapidly from one bizarre situation to the next before waking once more and relating the whole adventure to her sister.

The second of the two books, "Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There," appeared in 1871 and is very similar in nature to the first, though having a slightly different plot. Here Alice steps through an ordinary looking-glass one day, only to find herself in a world where, if you wish to get anywhere, you must walk in the opposite direction!
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece lovingly and painstakingly hand-crafted November 14, 2003
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is a masterpiece and a work of art, as far as I'm concerned. It is also the kind of book I always dreamed of having as a child. Every page has been lovingly and painstakingly hand-crafted to bring all your favorite scenes to life. You'll feel like you're right there in Wonderland! My favorite page is the Rabbit's house with an overgrown Alice bursting out. The house is four dimensional, and you can even look in the windows and see carrot-patterened wallpaper! That's how much attention to detail there is! At the Mad Hatter's tea party, you'll find saucers made with foil, and the rabbit and some other animal characters have a furry texture. There is also a piece that opens up like a telescope, and allows you to peep down the rabbit hole. Every page has so much going on, and since your eyes can only absorb so much, you'll most likely discover something new on your second viewing. For example, the first time I read this book, I didn't notice that one of the white roses turns red, when you open a page. This book has six full page pop ups, and some smaller pop ups in the pages within the page. The price is right, too! I mean, you couldn't find six pop-up greeting cards for the same price. I also like how the illustrations are faithful to the orignal book. The house of cards attacking Alice is amazing. I even have this book spread open on my coffee table so I can display a different page each day, and just marvel at it!
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Trip Down The Rabbit Hole All Grown Up July 14, 2005
Format:Paperback
There is one thing that all potential customers must keep in mind when buying any Alice book: Do not purchase one that does not include the illustrations of John Tenniel! This edition includes all of them and the quality of the reproductions on the pages are excellent. Tenniel's illustrations help add to the childish excitement of Carroll's stories and will be especially invaluable to teenagers and adults, having just by nature of growing up lost some of the imaginative innocence, that ability to stretch reality, that we all possessed as kids.

Of course, the illustrations wouldn't mean jack if they didn't have a captivating story to work with. Carroll's amusing tale of nonsense is targeted as a kid's book, and that is always where many of our fondest memories of it will remain, but as a college student reading it I was amazed by its power to suspend reality and return me to a level of imagination that I had simply thought I lost somewhere along the way. The trip down the rabbit hole can be quite a different experience from a different point of view.

This particular edition also includes a good introduction and very helpful explanatory notes organized chapter by chapter. The introduction and notes offer insights to Carroll's life and his relations with the real life Alice and her family that, from a student viewpoint, reveal an interesting and more personal side of the Alice tales.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Edition March 10, 2010
Format:Paperback
This threadbare bargain-priced edition may seem like a deal, but consider before purchasing that it has no table of contents, no introduction, no forward, no illustrations, and no bibliography. Adding insult to injury, the layout of this edition is easily one the worst ever for a reprint, with all words that originally appeared in italics for emphasis printed here in big block caps, as if the typesetting was done by an abrasive kid trying to get attention in an on line chat...IF YOU GET WHAT I MEAN.

If you really want to explore and experience Lewis Carroll's classic, get The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition -- for the price on Amazon, it's the real bargain. I also highly recommend Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland. Both of these books are a must for serious Alice fans as well as those just getting into Carroll's classic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish
I wanted to read this, not because of movies or pop culture, but because it is a "classic". I made every attempt, but couldn't even make it to the "good parts"... Read more
Published 16 hours ago by SheehyCFC
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Tale without Illustrations
For a free version of this story, this book is sufficient, however it has various notes and lacks the original illustrations. Best for a person rereading the story.
Published 1 day ago by cjo261
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
I am really a bookworm and I love books by Lewis Carroll I would really recommend this book.It is a great book for people with imaginations.
Published 1 day ago by kbb
5.0 out of 5 stars the classic
We all know the plot. This is a review of the Dover Thrift Editions copy.

Since this wonderful text and Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations is in the public... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Renee Thorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book
I love this book and recommend it for parents to read to their children. I grew up with this and my children will too.
Published 10 days ago by momofham
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful popup book. Many delicate details; not for toddlers
Unlike other popup books we've owned, the story is in the margins of each page. Those margins actually have a few mini pages with mini popups. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Hathaway Brought it to Life
When I bought this kindle ebook, it came with a free audiobook version as read by Anne Hathaway. LIstened to it on a couple of long car rides, and I was just blown away by both... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Carl D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I never read this book when I was younger, but I did enjoy it and would recommend it to anyone who wants a quick light hearted read.
Published 14 days ago by David Clement
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I remember trying to read "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" when I was a lot younger & I just couldn't get into it. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Suzan Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars It is classic.
How else can one rate a classical except five stars? After all, hundreds and thousands have read it before. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Yu-Ping Cheng
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