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Alice in Wonderlandby Lewis Carroll and Lisbeth Zwerger
Synopses & Reviews
"And what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures..?"
Certain to please even Alice herself, this new version of her famous adventures in Wonderland is brimming with wonderfully whimsical pictures by internationally acclaimed artist Lisbeth Zwerger. First published in 1865, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland revolutionized children's literature, being the first book created solely for the amusement of children, with no moral purpose whatsoever. It was an immediate success, appealing to children and adults alike. Since then it has become one of the most beloved children's books ever written, inspiring hundreds of illustrators to interpret the story in different ways.
In this new version, Lisbeth Zwerger brings her wry wit and inimitable style to a fresh version of Alice's fantastic adventures. Her imaginative illustrations of the strange denizens of Wonderland — from the Mad Hatter and March Hare to the Queen of Hearts and Cheshire Cat — perfectly capture the inspired nonsense of Carroll's classic tale.
"Zwerger demonstrates the many layers to Alice's journey....[Her] penetrating interpretation reinvents Carroll's situations and characters and demands a rereading of the text." Publishers Weekly
"[Zwerger's illustrations are] uniformly lovely and, occasionally, strange and haunting in their dreamlike quality....A must for collectors, this new version of a classic will intrigue and please many children." Michael Cart, Booklist
"Lisbeth Zwerger brings her award-winning artistic skill to the story and offers a very different look for a new generation....The actual social commentary and satire will elude most contemporary readers, but it in no way diminishes the joy of reading this classic story." Marilyn Courtot, Children's Literature
By falling down a rabbit hole, Alice experiences unusual adventures with a variety of nonsensical characters.
Alice falls down a rabbit hole, changes size unexpectedly, attends a tea party given by a March Hare, visits a garden of talking flowers, and acts as witness at the trial of a thief who has stolen some tarts. Along the way, she meets such unforgettable characters as the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Mock Turtle, the autocratic Red Queen, and other fanciful folk.
A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.
About the Author
Lewis Carroll is the pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), an Oxford don, a lecturer in logic and mathematics, and an amateur photographer. The author of many books, he is best known for the two Alice books, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and for The Hunting of the Snark.
Lisbeth Zwerger has been accorded nearly every prize that can be given to an illustrator, including the highest international award for lifetime achievement, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal. For the past fifteen years she has devoted her extraordinary talents exclusively to children's literature, to stories as charming and picturesque as her native Vienna. Always surprising, always engaging, always progressing, her work combines technical mastery with an insight and gentle wit so rare and captivating that she has been correctly called one of the finest illustrators of the twentieth century.
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