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.
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, among 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 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