Just in time for the ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2010 movie premiere, this is a beautifully-designed large format edition of Lewis Carroll's masterpiece. Alice falls asleep in a wood and dreams she sees a white rabbit, which she follows down a rabbit hole and through an underground passage. The rabbit leaves Alice in the hallway of many doors. On a table she finds a golden key, but finds the only door the key will open is too small for her to get through. She finds a bottle on the table labelled 'Drink Me'. She does, and it causes her to shrink until she is small enough to get through the door. However she is then too short to reach the key, which she left on the table. Finding a cake labelled 'Eat Me' she tries it, and grows again to a huge size, grabs the key, and then fans herself smaller using a fan left by the white rabbit. Now very small, she goes through the door into a garden, where she sees a big dog, and then enters the rabbit's house, where again she grows large, but by using the rabbit's fan she disappears. Alice reappears before the house of the Duchess and goes into the kitchen, where she rescues a baby from a cook, who is throwing cutlery. But the baby turns into a pig in her hands. Moving on, she is given directions to the Mad Hatter's house by a Cheshire Cat, and arrives during a tea party, which she joins. However, the behaviour of the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Doormouse offends her, and she leaves to stumble across the procession of the Queen of Hearts, who offers to play croquet with her. Alice offends the Queen, who calls her executioner, but Alice boxes his ears and runs away, which causes her to wake and realise it was all a dream.
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