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For a century and a half Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the sequel Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll's classic stories, have delighted young and old alike. With wonderfully imaginative characters; the White Rabbit, the grinning Cheshire Cat, the murderous Queen of Hearts - and scenes of glorious lunacy; the Mad Hatter's tea party, Alice falling down the rabbit hole and the Game of Croquet, Alice has become an icon of children's literature and has inspired numerous books, film and tv adaptations, ballets, theatre productions and musicals. Why not throw your own Mad Hatter's Tea Party? Download this party pack for some great ideas!

Through the Looking-Glass
Lewis Carroll
Celebrating 150 years of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alice's second adventure takes her through the looking-glass to a place even curiouser than Wonderland. She finds herself caught... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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Reader ReviewedLooking-Glass Girl
Cathy Cassidy
Best-selling Cathy Cassidy weaves the classic story of The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland into this no holds-barred contemporary story of bullying and its impact. Alice accepts an invitation to Savvy's sleepover because she hopes it might be a genuine... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2016
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Alice Through the Looking Glass
Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll's enduring classic tale, which has enchanted readers of all ages for more than a hundred years, is brought alive for a new generation in this exquisite picture book by the highly-regarded illustrator Emma Chichester Clark. She has carefully... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
This is the perfect story of Alice to share with younger readers. Tony Ross has done a great job in the retelling for a younger audience and the book is full of his delightfully humourous illustrations too. Building a love... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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The Complete Alice Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
Lewis Carroll
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month, July 2015 The classic stories of Alice and her journeys into Wonderland and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/07/2015
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There
Lewis Carroll
One of the most imaginative and best-loved of all children's books, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is as original today as it was when it was first published in 1865. The stories of the amazing things Alice finds after... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/07/2016
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Through the Looking Glass Little Folks Edition
Lewis Carroll
Little books are somehow irresistible and this one is particularly appealing, both dainty and handsome with its cloth cover, gold sprayed edges and creamy paper. A shortened version of the original story, it contains the episodes most likely to appeal... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/07/2016
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Alice Through the Looking Glass
Lewis Carroll, Tony Ross
With a suitable companion to the celebratory 150th anniversary edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this title captures the humour and nonsense of the original story. It is suitable for younger readers. Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/06/2016
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Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole
Lewis Carroll
A picture book adventure based on Lewis Carroll's original story of Alice's fall down the rabbit hole and the extraordinary experiences she had there – including growing and shrinking... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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The Nursery Alice
Lewis Carroll
Adapted especially for younger readers by Lewis Carroll himself, this version is the perfect introduction to his magical story. The original edition, of which this is a reproduction, was... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 26/02/2015
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: the Little Folks' Edition
Lewis Carroll
The attractive small-sized format of this Little Folks Edition makes it a perfect gift for young readers. It includes 32 colour illustrations by Sir John Tenniel which bring Carroll's... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 26/02/2015
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Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole
Joe Rhatigan & Charles Nurnberg
A picture book adventure based on Lewis Carroll's original story of Alice's fall down the rabbit hole and the extraordinary experiences she had there – including growing and shrinking... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Wonderland: Alice in Poetry
Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll's Alice has been enchanting children for 150 years. Curious Alice, the bossy White Rabbit, the formidable Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter are among the best-loved, most iconic literary creations of all time. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/09/2016
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Through the Looking Glass: Macmillan Classics Edition
Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll's follow-up to Alice's Adventures through the Looking Glass includes the introduction of Tweedledum and Tweedledee those most memorable of characters who famously fought over a brand new rattle. It is here, too, that the poem Jabberwocky first appeared... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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The Hunting of the Snark
Lewis Carroll
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month July 2016 A perfect celebration of Alice Day 2016, this beautiful, fully illustrated edition of Lewis Carroll's great comic masterpiece which comes complete with gilt-edged pages and a ribbon for a marker, is the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 30/06/2016
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
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... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/03/2015
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Little Alice Busy Alice in Wonderland
Christelle Ruth
This is a perfect introduction, for young children, to the magical story Alice in Wonderland. Push, pull and turn mechanisms bring the story to life and introduce all the main characters, Alice, the White Rabbit, the March Hare, Mad Hatter,... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 07/05/2015
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Macmillan Classics Edition
Lewis Carroll
One of the most imaginative and best-loved of all children's books, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is as original today as it was when it was first published in 1865. The stories of the amazing things Alice finds after... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/10/2014
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
Winner of the 1999 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal A wonderful 150th-anniversary edition of Lewis Carroll's timeless classic, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury in this beautiful award-winning interpretation. Full of the most wondrous wit and humour, wonderful magic and believable nonsense,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/12/2014
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Dramascripts: The Spaceman
Rob John
Set in 1961, Maggie and Michael are anxiously awaiting the results of the 11+ exam. After learning of Yuri Gagarin's heroic feat, they embark on an adventure which involves inviting him to English to meet with them. Their summer turns... Featured in: Alice 150th
Format: Paperback | Released 13/03/2013
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Dramascripts: The Spaceman
Rob John
Set in 1961, Maggie and Michael are anxiously awaiting the results of the 11+ exam. After learning of Yuri Gagarin's heroic feat, they embark on an adventure which involves inviting him to English to meet with them. Their summer turns... Featured in: Alice 150th
Format: Paperback | Released 13/03/2013
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The Macmillan Alice Postcard Book
Lewis Carroll
This delightful book contains thirty postcards illustrated with images from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Each postcard has a quotation from Lewis Carroll's classic text on the reverse, setting it in the context of the original stories.... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Cards | Released 19/05/2016
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Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There
Lewis Carroll, Chris Riddell
A favourite book chosen by Philip Pullman, along with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: "Indispensable. The great classic beginning of English children's literature". Stepping through the Looking Glass, Alice enters... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/1994
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (150th Anniversary Edition with Dame Vivienne Westwood)
Lewis Carroll
From her catwalk shows inspired by the Mad Hatter's Tea Party to her world famous twisted take on Britishness, Dame Vivienne Westwood has always seen the world through the looking glass. Now she has illustrated her favourite children's story by... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/04/2015
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
Celebrating 150 years of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. One of the most imaginative and best-loved of all children's books, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is as... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Carousel Book
Lewis Carroll
Children will love this doll's house version of Alice in Wonderland. The book opens out into a pretty carousel, turning six favourite episodes into tempting 3D scenes. It opens with everyone's favourite Drink Me scene, and also features the Mad... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Panorama Pops
Lewis Carroll
Ten of the best moments from Lewis Carroll's classic story unfold from this attractive edition which is beautifully presented in a slip-case. It has been designed to celebrate the 150 anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland which... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/01/2015
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
The story of Alice's fall down the rabbit hole and the extraordinary experiences she has there is one of the best known of all the classics. Everything is Wonderland is curious and different; there's the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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Mabel Lucie Attwell's Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
Mabel Lucie Attwell was one of the best-loved children's illustrators of the last century and her warm, gentle illustrations for Alice in Wonderland will have the same effect on readers today as when they were first published in 1911. Alice... Featured in: 7+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
A stunning gift edition of this children's classic, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. With exquisite artwork by Fran Parreño and a padded hardback cover this is a perfect gift to be read over... Featured in: 9+ readers | 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2015
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
A lovely hardback edition to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of this world famous children's classic. A book that's chock full of great conversations between Alice and some extraordinary animals, ranging from the pipe-smoking caterpillar and the Mad Hatter, to the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/04/2015
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Alice: 100 Postcards from Wonderland

Curious Alice, the bossy White Rabbit, the formidable Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter all feature in this exquisite collection of 100 postcards celebrating Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Cards | Released 24/09/2015
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
This beautiful board is the perfect first introduction to Alice. Babies and toddlers will love the playful and quirky characters Alison Jay brings to life with her own unique perspective whilst encapsulating the zany other-worldness of Carroll's novel. Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 01/07/2015
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The story of Alice was first told by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a young don at Christ Church in Oxford in 1862, to entertain a group of children on a boat trip. One of these children was Alice Liddell, daughter of the Dean of Christ Church who, entranced by the tale, asked for it to be written down. Charles Dodgson duly did and gave it to Alice Liddell as a Christmas present, complete with his own illustrations.

It was originally entitled Alice's Adventures Under Ground and took him two and a half years to complete. Charles Dodgson had met the publisher, Alexander Macmillan some years previously. Macmillan loved Alice and published the story, with Dodgson choosing to write under the pseudonym, Lewis Carroll.

‘You would have to be half mad to dream me up.’

‘Macmillan was instrumental in turning Alice into a literary and cultural phenomenon and it is through the artists we commissioned that Alice’s iconic look – her blue dress, blonde hair and “Alice band”– was established in the public mind. We are delighted to be able to put the heart back into the “The Macmillan Alice” for 2015 and beyond.’ Anthony Forbes Watson, Managing Director, Pan Macmillan

Lewis Carroll went on to write a sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, which contains the poems 'The Walrus and The Carpenter' and the nonsense poem 'Jabberwocky', which are now as famous as the Alice stories themselves.

‘If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.’

The story of Alice was originally brought to life by Sir John Tenniel, first as black-and-white plates and then with coloured versions of these original drawings.

When his eyesight began to fail, Tenniel gave approval to Macmillan in 1911 to ask Harry G. Theaker to complete sixteen new colour plates, and it is Theaker’s colourings that established the iconic image of Alice that we know today, with her bright blonde hair, her blue dress and her Alice band (which first appeared in the illustrations in Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There).

Macmillan owns the copyright in many of these colour illustrations and it is a Tenniel/Theaker image that is presented on the new ‘Macmillan Alice 150 Years’ anniversary logo.

Chris Riddell, Children's Laureate : "Before I knew a thing about him, John Tenniel was a hero of mine, or rather, I should say, his white rabbit was. As a child I copied Tenniel’s illustrations from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland obsessively, particularly his drawing of the White Rabbit in waistcoat and frock coat, umbrella tucked under one arm and a pocket watch in paw, a look of suppressed panic in his eye. I loved analysing the shading, intricate lines of cross-hatching, the folds of the sleeve, the tilt of the head, that wide-eyed rabbit stare. Tenniel was one of the reasons I became an illustrator."

The 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 2015 saw the publication of numerous editions and abridged versions of Alice titles - you can find our favourite titles here in this special section.


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