Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Illustrated by Robert Ingpen) by Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Illustrated by Robert Ingpen)

Written by Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by Robert Ingpen
Part of the Templar Classics: Ingpen Series

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The classic story of how Alice falls down the rabbit hole and enters a strange topsy-turvy world in which nothing it quite what it seems to be is given a dreamy, soft focus in Robert Ingpen’s illustrations. What Alice finds when she meets the caterpillar, attends a mad tea party, takes part in the trial to find out who stole the tarts and much more is a remarkable piece of make-believe.

From Philip Pullman: "Indispensable. The great classic beginning of English children's literature."


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Illustrated by Robert Ingpen) by Lewis Carroll

This beautiful new edition brings together Carroll’s complete and unabridged classic story with more than seventy remarkable illustrations by award-winning artist Robert Ingpen. New readers and devoted fans alike will enjoy exploring Carroll’s Wonderland in this sumptuous volume.


A pensive, titian-haired Alice trips down the rabbit hole in this adaptation that pairs the classic story with gracefully expressive illustrations. Ingpen's detailed visions of the menagerie of creatures Alice meets lend them anthropomorphic qualities while remaining anatomically precise. The Cheshire cat, who peers out at Alice from a crowd of leaves with a milk-tooth smile, does so with kittenish serenity. The infamous tea-party is a cozy affair with intimate soft-focus portraits in pencil of the sleepy dormouse, hare (who dips his watch into his cup of tea) and the rather bleary Mad Hatter, whose pencil-drawn sidewise glances suggest it's all dreamy good fun. A lovely and faithful interpretation. Ages 10-up. Publishers Weekly Australian artist Robert Ingpen adds to the growing list of children's classics for which he has provided sumptuous new illustrations. Waterstones You may be wondering why I'm reviewing such a time-honoured and well-known children's story as Alice in Wonderland, and the answer is the illustrator. Robert Ingpen is an Australian who has variously designed, written and illustrated over 100 books, and this volume is one in a series of classic children's books illustrated by him. The colours Ingpen uses are muted and soft, giving a very slight and pleasing fuzziness to the images, and the pages are palely tinted to one degree or another. Sometimes these tints key in with the part of the story concerned and play a part in the pictures, so that the pool of tears pages are a wash of greenish blue, whilst the Lobster Quadrille is performed against a backdrop of aquamarine and sandy orange. These muted colours give something of a dream-like quality overall which of course ties in with the story. Ingpen's Alice is a very real girl with auburn hair (though she is wearing a pale blue dress and white apron that hark back to some of her earlier incarnations), and is obviously very lively and engaging. Ingpen is also very good at animals, and young readers should be able to spot their favourites: the Caucus-race alone includes (besides the Dodo of course) a snail, a squirrel, a lobster and various lizards, a spoonbill, a puffin, and a good number of other types of bird. This is a very nicely produced edition of 'Alice

's series of children's classics with pictures by Robert Ingpen. They include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Christmas Carol, Kipling's Just So Stories, The Owl and the Pussycat and other rhymes, Peter Pan and Wendy and The Wind in the Willows. For those new to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, there is a short introduction to the book and its author by Russell Ash at the back of this volume, along with a short note by the illustrator. If you've been thinking that you really need a copy of Alice for home or the nursery, then this is definitely a good one to go for. -- Philip Davies Montessori International Many illustrators have tackled visualising Lewis Carroll's fantastic imaginative flights in Alice in Wonderland and now Robert Ingpen brings his superb drawings to the imaging. Throughout this full-colour edition toning is muted and atmospheric and the subtle expressiveness of this chubby faced Alice proceeds through the many trials with aplomb. The weirdness, the numerous creatures and the familiar scenes are given fresh treatment but with an overall feel of modernity brought to a rich book from times past. An essay by Russell Ash and reproductions of a couple of facsimile pages of the first, handwritten and drawn, version add to the interest. This is a heavy, sturdily boarded, book in keeping with others in the series of classics pictured by Ingpen and published by Templar at GBP14.99 The SL 58-1 Words cannot really do justice to the quality of the illustrations in this book, each individual illustration is like a mini piece of art. The detail is superb, exquisitely illustrated, this is a very special book designated to stay in families to treasure forever. We all loved this here at Hot Brands! Highly Recommended! Hot Brands Verdict This beautiful new edition brings together Carroll's complete and unabridged classic story with more than seventy remarkable illustrations by award-winning artist Robert Ingpen. New readers and devoted fans alike will enjoy exploring Carroll's Wonderland in this sumptuous volume. HOT BRANDS COOL PLACES ...with over 70 illustrations, it is quite an incredible collection of artwork. Ingpen's style gives a fuzzy-like quality to each scene and this is emphasised by the muted colours he uses. Without being exactly dark, the artwork leaves the reader with a feeling of having been in a very odd dream, which of course is perfectly fitting for the story. This is emphasised also by the parchment-colour background of the pages, and the use of pencil sketches as well as full colour illustrations, which almost mimics coming in and out of consciousness. This is a lovely gift edition which might be more appreciated by slightly older readers. -- Melanie McGilloway A lovely classic gift edition with illustrations by Robert Ingpen. One to treasure. -- Helen Boyle WRD magazine'

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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1st September 2009




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