Synopses & Reviews
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of the most exciting and original books in world literature. Lewis Carroll’s 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 extraordinary illustrations. His master stroke was the creation of one painting which tells the entire adventure. The dreamscape takes viewers into perspective distortions that defy logic and invites them to journey through time and space like Alice herself. A tour de force of innovative book illustration and design, embellished with exquisite calligraphy, and an essential addition to every Alice in Wonderland collection.
“Ghiuselev's ambitious vision and startling perspectives—such as a dramatic overhead
view of the Mad Hatter's tea party—will delight children's literature enthusiasts and
aspiring fine artists alike.” – Booklist
"Ghiuselev captures all of Alice's adventures in one sophisticated painting, which was done in gouache on wood panel and is reproduced on the book's cover. This is the only place where the picture is presented in its entirety, and it will be concealed by the dust jacket, which features another image. The unabridged text is illustrated with details of this larger painting, supplemented by additional monochromatic sketches. The artist's blend of unusual perspectives and strangely interconnected walkways and buildings seems reminiscent of the style of M. C. Escher. The artwork is the color of old parchment, and the beige and brown tones are highlighted with muted touches of blue and green. While many of the views reproduce beautifully and their bigger size invites a closer inspection of numerous details, some of the scenes seem a bit grainy and slightly out of focus. Still, the art is evocative, and the layout is appealing and carefully balanced. Not a first purchase for most collections, but an intriguing addition for Alice addicts." – School Library Journal
“This is one of the most brilliant pictorial interpretations of Alice … A must for Alice
fans of any age.” – Locus
"This Simply Read Books edition of Lewis Carroll's classic fantasy, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, is a simply gorgeous version showcasing bold, often monochromatic, and somewhat exaggerated illustrations by Iassen Ghiuselev that bring the unreality of Wonderland vividly to life. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland is a literary treasure for readers of all ages. The quality book binding incorporates a built-in bookmark on a ribbon that says "Read Me", in a delightful complement to this widely beloved story. Due to the coffee-table size of this edition, it may be a little physically large and heavy for younger readers to handle, and therefore is better suited for parents to read aloud to their children. No Lewis Carroll collection can be considered complete without the inclusion of this enthusiastically recommended edition of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland!" - Midwest Book Review
Famed for his illustrations of such classics as Rime of the Ancient Mariner and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Willy Pogany created striking drawings for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1929. This splendid edition features numerous black-and-white images that offer a fresh accompaniment in the classic 20th-century style to a treasured tale.
About the Author
Charles Dodgson, better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an Oxford academic. Dodgson experimented with branches of mathematics, including symbolic logic, that were the precursors to modern computer science. In the summer of 1862, during a boating trip on the Thames River, he entertained ten-year-old Alice Liddell and her two sisters by telling a story that would become his most famous and lasting work, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It was published in 1865 and was followed by its sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, in 1871. He died in 1898 and is buried in Guildford, Surrey, England.
Iassen Ghiuselev studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia and has devoted his outstanding talents to illustrating childen's classics. Ghiuselev has won many Awards including a Silver Medal from the New York Society of Illustrators in 2005 and the Illustrator of the Year Award in 1994 and 2005 at the Bologna Book Fair. He has illustrated several books for Simply Read Books including The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi and The Queen Bee by Brothers Grimm. He is working currently on the illustrations for the Alice sequel, Through the Looking Glass. He currently lives in Sofia with his wife and daughter.