Although there have been many illustrated editions of Alice, rarely has one been done in Lewis Carroll's own visual medium of photography. Abelardo Morell, quickly gaining recognition as one of the major American photographers of our time, is the ideal artist to take on this challenge. His early photographs of illustrated books are striking images of worlds within worlds that in their alterations of an illustration's space and shape have the distinct flavor and mystery of Wonderland. So too do his oversize camera obscura images--magical, cityscape projections that have received national attention--mirror Carroll's own passion for upside-down and multiple worlds. For Alice, Morell goes further, photo-graphing the Tenniel characters and then staging them in evocative three-dimensional settings. In his fascinating introduction, historian and critic Leonard S. Marcus offers a glimpse into the intriguing connection between Lewis Carroll's pioneering efforts as a photographer and his timeless contributions to the world of nonsense. Marcus shows in what ways Lewis Carroll and Abelardo Morell are kindred spirits in the fierce delight they take in the crazy patchwork quality of life and in their shared belief that nonsense makes the best sense of all.
Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has continuously delighted readers, young and old, for more than a century. This classic tale, interpreted by many outstanding artists over the years, is a remarkable story of one little girl who embarks on possibly one of the most amazing adventures in literary history. In this stunning special edition, Helen Oxenbury turns her hand to what is certainly no small project and has succeeded in surpassing expectation. More abundantly illustrated than other editions of the same work, this unabridged version is packed with contemporary and accessible interpretations of the kaleidoscope of characters--the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts--who have each captured the imaginations of generations of children. Alice herself is portrayed as a thoroughly modern miss--casually dressed, personable, and spirited--and her surroundings are brought to effervescent life with a warmth, depth, and distinctive sense of humor that perfectly complement the shenanigans of the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland. (Ages 7 and older) --Susan Harrison, Amazon.co.uk