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Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney's Classic Fairytale) Hardcover – September 2, 2008

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4—This lively retelling of Lewis Carroll's classic creates a delightful narrative framework for the stunning concept art that shaped the look of the Disney animated film. Imbued with Scieszka's unique brand of kid-captivating humor, the effervescent text presents a streamlined version of Alice's adventures that adheres closely to the plot of the movie. The first lines set the tone and immediately reel readers in: "Have you ever tried to listen to a long, boring schoolbook on a warm, lazy day? And have you ever wondered why anyone would make a book so boring? Then you are just like Alice." Scieszka interjects amusing commentary throughout while successfully maintaining an appropriate once-upon-a-time mood. Blair's deep-hued paintings employ rich shades and dazzling color combinations to create a lush, almost impressionistic version of Wonderland. For the most part, the artwork unfolds as a logical visual narrative rather than seeming like a gallery of reproductions. However, observant viewers will notice that Alice's appearance is not always consistent, and that the images may not always provide the strongest interpretation of the text (for example, the March Hare and Cheshire Cat are mentioned but never depicted). Still, children will enjoy this eye-catching and entertaining production.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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About the Author


Jon Scieszka is the author of dozens of wildly popular, critically acclaimed children's books, includingThe True Story of the 3 Little Pigs;Caldecott Honor recipient,The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales;andSquids Will Be Squids: Fresh Morals for Beastly Fables,all illustrated by Lane Smith. He is also the author of the Time Warp Trio book series. Mr. Scieszka lives with his wife in Brooklyn, New York.



Mary Blair (1911-1978) was one of Walt Disney's most brilliant conceptual designers. During her 34 years with the company, she helped define the look of such film classics asCinderella,Alice in Wonderland, andPeter Pan. In addition to her work on animated films, Ms. Blair brought her unique style to children's books, advertisements, theatrical set designs and theme park attractions. She remains one of the most respected artists in the history of animation.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Walt Disney's Classic Fairytale
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Press (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423107284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423107286
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tante Maren TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 5, 2008
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Disney's Alice in Wonderland, as told through the gorgeous art work of Mary Blair, makes for one very spectacular book! Mary Blair (1911-1978) was one of Disney's most brilliant conceptual designers, who contributed in the creations of such great film classics as Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Mary Blair gave Disney 34 years of her gorgeous and vivid art, which will always stand out through her use of unbelievably vivid colors and her impressionistic art form.

Mary not only helped design these characters for these Disney classics, but she brought her unique art style to other children's books, advertisements, theatrical set designs and theme park attractions. Mary Blair remains one of the most respected artists in the history of Disney animation, and this book showcases her talent! In this book, you can see the beginnings of the Disney characters of Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts. Mary's gorgeous impressionistic paintings of them show the forms that would take shape later on, in the film.

This book is the second of Disney's books showcasing the fantastic talents of Mary Blair. The first was published last year in 2007, Cinderella, and it is the most gorgeous treasure as well! I think you can still get this first edition here on Amazon from other dealers!

I am hoping Disney will publish Mary's art work that she did in creating the Peter Pan characters next year, so we will have all 3 of her major film contributions to Disney's characters in Alice, Cinderella and Peter Pan. For anyone who loves seeing the origins of the classic Disney characters in these early, gorgeous art forms, you will love this book on Alice in Wonderland by the unbelievably talented Mary Blair!
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We bought this book for my 3-year-old daughter after a recent trip to Disney World left her captivated with Alice in Wonderland. Mary Blair's artwork is bright and vivid and holds so many details. My daughter can spend a long time just flipping through the book and looking at the pictures.

Jon Scieszka's text captures the whimsy of wonderland and is the perfect length for a bedtime story. We loved this book so much we ordered Walt Disney's Cinderella by the same author/artist.
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Jon Sceiska is known for his often funny retelling or original books. For example, THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS and THE STINKY CHEESE MAN. He has taken the beloved ALICE IN WONDERLAND and retold it his way. He brings his humor to the story.

The illustrator, Mary Blair, was a long time animator for Disney. Her illustrations bring the well known story to life. Many of the characters will appear similar to the movie but she puts her own twist on the illustrations too.

Since you probably know the story I would like to illustrate one section which shows Jon's humor: As your recall Alice went into the rabbit's hole and she began to fall. In Jon's retelling , as Alice fell she reviewed her spelling words and said her multiplication facts.

I enjoyed this retelling of the story and the beautiful illustrations.

*I received this for review - all opinions are my own*
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Our baby is too young to appreciate this book now, but I'm sure she will love it when she's a little older. The illustrations by Mary Blair are beautiful, and the accompanying story is well narrated.

I will be purchasing other books in the series.
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By Mike K on February 4, 2011
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I gave this to my niece who is in first grade and she loves it. The illustrations by Mary Blair are not only beautiful but very detailed. The story is engaging and captivating. My niece saw the movie first and was excited to compare it to this book.
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The Mary Blair illustrations are awesome. My daughter had fun comparing the movie to the book. We borrowed from the library and loved it so much, I had to buy it!
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By Jessica D on October 23, 2013
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It was a birthday gift because the birthday girl's mom loves this illustrator, the book was in perfect conditions and arrived super fast.
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By MH on January 2, 2012
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This is a great product and the service provided was good. I would highly recommend the item as a gift or for yourself as a collectable.
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