Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a children's classic, is sophisticated enough and rich enough in symbolism to be appreciated by adults. In fact, both adults and children have for generations reveled in the word play, inverted logic, and the delightful farce that defines all of Lewis Carroll's works.
Interest Level: Primary/Middle School
Reading Grade Level: 4th-6th
Lexile Level: 890L
An Accelerated Reader(r) title
For more than 130 years, children have reveled 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 are inextricably tied to the well-loved story. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter