Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Puffin Classics)

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland A highly-illustrated edition of Lewis Carroll's classic story. With pictures by Helen Oxenbury, its approach seeks to be contemporary and accessible: Alice herself is a child of today - casually dressed, personable and spirited. Full description

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Source of legend and lyric, reference and conjecture, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is, for most children, pure pleasure in prose. While adults try to decipher Lewis Carroll's putative use of complex mathematical codes in the text, or debate his alleged use of opium, young readers simply dive with Alice through the rabbit hole, pursuing "The dream-child moving through a land / Of wonders wild and new". There they encounter the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle and the Mad Hatter, together with a multitude of other characters--extinct, fantastical and commonplace creatures. Alice journeys through this Wonderland, trying to fathom the meaning of her strange experiences. But they turn out to be "curiouser and curiouser", seemingly without moral or sense.

For more than 130 years, children have revelled in the delightfully non-moralistic, non-educational virtues of this classic. In fact, at every turn Alice's new companions scoff at her traditional education. The Mock Turtle, for example, remarks that he took the "regular course" in school: Reeling, Writhing and branches of Arithmetic--Ambition, Distraction, Uglification and Derision. Carroll believed John Tenniel's illustrations were as important as his text. Naturally, Carroll's instincts were good; the masterful drawings, reproduced here, are inextricably tied to the well-loved story. (All ages)

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"An 'Alice' for the new millennium, this book is a triumph of design and rare quality. Helen Oxenbury perfectly captures the dreamlike qualities suggested in Carroll's famous classic." --The Guardian

"Fresh, modern and comic." --The Sunday Times

"The book itself is beautifully designed, with the quirky addition of a &aposread me' label on the ribbon marker. The artwork is dark, muted and monochromatic, using several colours but more particularly an incredibly effective ochre." --Library Mice

"With extraordinary illustrations packed with detail and the use of perspective that defies all logic, it's so easy to get lost in each spread.The magical images accompany the classic words to perfection and capture the essence of Alice to a tee. Ghiuselev's clever use of muted tones and limited colour palettes certainly doesn't limit his bounds of creativity and his interpretation brings an eerie excellence to the story. With the additional embellishment of exquisite calligraphy, this pictoral iteration is a must-have for any collection." --PictureBooksBlogger

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