Alice in Wonderland is one of the most exciting and original books in world literature. Lewis Carroll's timeless tale of childhood whimsy has something to offer anyone with a curiosity to follow Alice down the rabbit-hole. This limited edition is distinguished by Iassen Ghiuselev's sublime and strangely delightful artwork. He plays masterfully with the original illustrations. Some of his characters, like the Mad Hatter, have a similarity to Tenniel's but, in a sense apart, his images are endowed with brilliant ideas and artistry that go beyond the tradition. His stroke of genius was to create one painting in which the entire story can be absorbed in a glance. The eerie dreamscape plunges viewers into perspective distortions that defy logic and invites them to travel through time and space like Alice herself. A tour de force in innovative book illustration and design, and an essential addition to every Alice in Wonderland collection.
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