- Age Range: 8 - 11 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 890 (What's this?)
- Series: Bantam Classics
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Classics; Reissue edition (June 1, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553213458
- ISBN-13: 978-0553213454
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4,577 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (Bantam Classics) Paperback – May 1, 1984
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"And what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?"
Taking to heart his charming, insatiably curious heroine's words, Lewis Carroll worked many long hours (days, months...) with illustrator Sir John Tenniel to create the most perfect pictures imaginable for what were to become instant classics: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. When thinking about Alice and her dreamy surrealistic adventures down the rabbit hole and behind the looking-glass, who can help picturing the golden-haired girl in her lilac dress and striped stockings, gazing up at the Cheshire Cat or arguing with Tweedledum and Tweedledee? Tenniel's drawings remained black and white for over 40 years until 1911, when eight prints in each book were hand colored. Now, for the first time, every remaining illustration has been colored, making these the first editions to feature all of the original art in full color. Traditionalists need not worry: colorist Diz Wallis colored proofs taken from Tenniel's carefully preserved woodblocks, remaining faithful to his original drawings. The beautiful tones of these new hardcover editions look as natural as can be; they could just as easily be from the 19th century. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Only Lewis Carroll has shown us the world upside down as a child sees it, and has made us laugh as children laugh.” —Virginia Woolf
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Furthermore, considering it contains both books, plus the excellent Hunting of the Snark, it is a fantastic price.
However, there are still some glaring mistakes, such as some formatting bugs in a few of the poems and spelling errors in places (such as at the start of Looking Glass, where some of the Ls are replaced with 1s - I guess a scanner did the 'writing here').
5 stars for the great price and superior formatting over the other options. -1 star for the glaring lack of proof reading from the publisher.
So on our anniversary I looked and looked. I found it here! I couldn't have been more happy about my purchase, and my girlfriend was absolutely overwhelmingly ecstatic and loves it. Amazing in every way
I'll make this short, as I don't think that a lot of words need to be used to simply say: Where's the story? Where's the poetry and the songs that make the original full of various style and prose? The flow of this copy is off! I noticed it right from the beginning, when Alice is falling down the rabbit hole. The fall, in the original, makes the reader feel the full depth of the situation. Alice even wonders if she may be falling 'through the center of the Earth and through to the other side.' Much of the internal dialogue is cut short, to a rather unsatisfying, 'Hey, she is falling. She landed. Bravo! Rabbit and such.'
Stories from the original are missing. (Edited out.) Poetry and verses are completely omitted.
If you are a Lewis Carroll fan, or a fan of the original Alice - Do yourself a favor: Pass up the cheap price here. You'd even be better off finding a good, decent, non-edited (ruined) free copy from somewhere.
HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED. Nowhere does Amazon or the publisher mention what has been omitted.
Through the Looking Glass is more logical than Wonderland, Alice is moving across the land square by square like a chess board, and meeting characters in each square. It still seems like a dream but it's less... trippy. I also like Alice herself more in the second book, she's less argumentative and confused. Some of her fancies are so sweet, like when Alice describes the snow loving the trees and fields and kissing them gently.
I think Wonderland has the better characters, with the Chesire Cat, Mad Hatter, and the white rabbit, while Looking Glass has the better poetry with Walrus and the Carpenter and The Jabberwocky. It's billed as a children's story but the puns tickled my funny bone and I enjoyed it much more hearing it as an adult.
I listened to the audible version by Jack Nolan, and he did a great job as narrator, he gave each character a separate speaking voice but they weren't overdone. They fit in really well and didn't distract from the story. I really liked the cool editing feature during the first attempt at The Jabberwocky!
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