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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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Blair's work is iconic among disney fans. The simplistic and bright style lend well to a picture book, but the page layouts are a little... spartan. Pretty bland for the text pages when the art is so bright!
The story follows the Disney movie version of Alice (of course) so no surprises there. Its not super long, so a good read for little ones.
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!
I will be purchasing other books in the series.