Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Written by Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by Anthony Browne

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Award-winning Anthony Browne, a former Children’s Laureate, adds some fresh touches to the classic story of Alice, the little girl finds herself in the middle of the most amazing new adventure when she falls down a rabbit hole. Anthony Browne’s fabulous illustrations bring alive the much-loved characters of the White Rabbit, the Red Queen, the Mad Hatter and many more. In brilliant colours and richly imagined scenes he shows off the freshness of Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The story of Alice and her remarkable adventures in Wonderland has enthralled generations of children since it was first published in 1865. Lewis Carroll's timeless masterpiece, now 150 years old, is richly visual in its telling and in this beautiful anniversary edition, Anthony Browne's dazzling illustrations are perfectly paired with the surreal quality of Carroll's writing.

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Dazzling and inventive Bookseller A visual delight. His style perfectly suits the other-wordly adventures. angels & urchins A dazzling anniversary edition... This is the ultimate fantastical read. -- Woking Advertiser Woking Advertiser A dazzling anniversary edition of Lewis Carroll's classic story, illustrated by the award-winning Anthony Browne. Now 150 years old, this timeless, masterpiece is richly visual in its telling and in this edition, Browne's bold illustrations are perfectly paired with the surreal quality of Carroll's writing making this a book to treasure for all ages. -- Aldershot News and Mail Aldershot News and Mail A surreal trip down the rabbit hole. -- The Simple Things The Simple Things Few have managed to reimagine the world of the original as successfully or as beautifully, as Anthony Browne. -- Robert Dunbar Irish Times Anthony Browne's dazzling illustrations are perfectly paired with the surreal quality of Carroll's writing, making this a book to treasure. -- Green Parent Green Parent Alice's adventures continue courtesy of the genius of former Children's Laureate Anthony Browne [...] Browne's full colour illustrations actually manage to heighten the surreal world Alice inhabits. -- Independent Bookshop Week supplement The Guardian Award-winning Anthony Browne, a former Children's Laureate, adds some fresh touches to the classic story of Alice, the little girl finds herself in the middle of the most amazing new adventure when she falls down a rabbit hole. Anthony Browne's fabulous illustrations bring alive the much-loved characters of the White Rabbit, the Red Queen, the Mad Hatter and many more. In brilliant colours and richly imagined scenes he shows off the freshness of Lewis Carroll's masterpiece. Love Reading 4 Kids

About the Author

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27, 1832, the eldest son and third of eleven children born to Frances Jane Lutwidge and the Reverend Charles Dodgson. Carroll had a happy childhood. His mother was patient and gentle, and his father, despite his religious duties, tutored all his children and raised them to be good people. Carroll frequently made up games and wrote stories and poems, some of which were similar to his later published works, for his seven sisters and three brothers.

He was educated at Richmond School in Yorkshire, Rugby School and Christ Church, Oxford. Although his years at Rugby School (1846–49) were unhappy, he was recognized as a good student, and in 1850 he was admitted to further study at Christ Church, Oxford.

He graduated in 1854, and in 1855 he became mathematical lecturer at the college, where he was a somewhat eccentric and withdrawn character. This permanent appointment, which not only recognized his academic skills but also paid him a decent sum, required Carroll to take holy orders in the Anglican Church and to remain unmarried. He agreed to these requirements and was made a deacon in 1861.

Carroll loved to entertain children, and it was Alice, the young daughter of Henry George Liddell, Dean of Christ Church, who can be credited with his pinnacle inspiration. Alice Liddell remembers spending many hours with Carroll, sitting on his couch while he told fantastic tales of dream worlds. During an afternoon picnic with Alice and her two sisters, Carroll told the first iteration of what would later become Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. When Alice arrived home, she exclaimed that he must write the story down for her.

He fulfilled the small girl's request, and through a series of coincidences, the story fell into the hands of the novelist Henry Kingsley, who urged Carroll to publish it. The book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was released in 1865. It gained steady popularity, and as a result, Carroll wrote the sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, which contained the nonsense poem classic The Jabberwocky (1871). By the time of his death, Alice had become the most popular children's book in England, and by 1932 it was one of the most popular in the world.

Unlike most of the children's books of the day, Alice and through the Looking Glass did not attempt to convey obvious moral lessons. Nor did they contain what critics have tried to insist are there—hidden meanings relating to religion or politics. They are delightful adventure stories in which a normal, healthy, clearheaded little girl reacts to the "reality" of the adult world. Their appeal to adults as well as to children lies in Alice's intelligent response to ridiculous language and action.

Carroll published several other nonsense works, including The Hunting of the Snark (1876), Sylvie and Bruno (1889), and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (1893). He also wrote a number of pamphlets poking fun at university affairs, which appeared under a fake name or without any name at all, and he composed several works on mathematics under his true name. In 1881 Carroll gave up his lecturing to devote all of his time to writing.

Lewis Carroll died of bronchitis in his sister's home in Guildford on 14 July, 1898.

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Format

Hardback
128 pages
Interest Age: From 7

Author

Lewis Carroll
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Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

5th March 2015

ISBN

9781406361575

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