Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
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25 Critic Reviews

The Mad Hatter's youthful, disheveled appearance makes him resemble a modern hipster, and the pop-up trial scene features a flying pack of cards. A clever and inventive interpretation.
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Synopsis

You never know where you'll find yourself in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll!

Join Alice in Wonderland, where nothing is quite as it seems.

On an ordinary summer's afternoon, Alice tumbles down a hole and an extraordinary adventure begins. In a strange world with even stranger characters, she meets a grinning cat and a rabbit with a pocket watch, joins a Mad Hatter's Tea Party, and plays croquet with the Queen! Lost in this fantasy land, Alice finds herself growing more and more curious by the minute . . .

With a wonderfully inspiring introduction by Chris Riddell, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of the twelve brilliant classic stories relaunched with a lovely new cover.

***PLUS A behind-the-scenes journey, including an author profile, a guide to who's who, activities and more...***

Lewis Carroll, born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-98), grew up in Cheshire in the village of Daresbury, the son of a parish priest. He was a brilliant mathematician, a skilled photographer and a meticulous letter and diary writer. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, inspired by Alice Liddell, the daughter of the Dean of Christ Church in Oxford, was published in 1865, followed by Through the Looking-Glass in 1867. He wrote numerous stories and poems for children including the nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark and fairy stories Sylvie and Bruno.

 

About Lewis Carroll

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Born in Daresbury, England,in 1832, Charles Luthwidge Dodgson is better known by his pen mane of Lewis Carroll. He became a minister of the Church of England and a lecturer in mathematics at Christ Church College, Oxford. He was the author, under his own name, of An Elementary Treatise on Determinants (1867), Symbolic Logic (1896), and other scholarly treatises which would hardly have given him a place in English literature. Charles Dodgson might have been completely forgotten but for the work of his alter ego, Lewis Carroll. Lewis Carroll, shy in the company of adults, loved children and knew and understood the world of the imagination in which the most sensitive of them lived. So he put the little girl Alice Liddell into a dream-story and found himself famous as the author of Alice in Wonderland (1865). Through the Looking Glass followed in 1871. In recent years Carroll has been taken quite seriously as a major literary artist for adults as well. His works have come under the scrutiny of critics who have explained his permanent attractiveness in terms of existential and symbolic drama: The Alice books dramatize psychological realities in symbolic terms, being commentary on the nature of the human predicament rather than escape from it. In addition to his writing, Carroll was also a pioneering photographer, and he took many pictures of young children, especially girls, with whom he seemed to empathize.
 
Published April 16, 2013 by Pook Press. 74 pages
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All: 25 | Positive: 20 | Negative: 5

Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 05 2010

The Mad Hatter's youthful, disheveled appearance makes him resemble a modern hipster, and the pop-up trial scene features a flying pack of cards. A clever and inventive interpretation.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Oct 04 1999

...a poignant parting shot of Alice's sister silhouetted at dusk under the tree, with sheep grazing in the field, acknowledges the shift in tone of Carroll's conclusion. An ideal first introduction to a lifelong favorite read.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Robert McCrum on Sep 08 2013

This well-known story marks the beginning of perhaps the greatest, possibly most influential, and certainly the most world-famous Victorian English fiction, a book that hovers between a nonsense tale and an elaborate in-joke.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Kelly Atwood on Jan 04 2013

A shy Anglican deacon from England was inspired by a little girl to write a story that is still considered to be the best example of literary nonsense and is still very influential in popular culture and literature.

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Tor

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Reviewed by Mari Ness on Apr 10 2014

It’s fitting, I suppose, that so much of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is spent attacking didactic children’s literature, since the book, along with its sequel...and works by George MacDonald were to completely transform the world of children’s literature, from its didactic teaching to pure fun.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by colorguardgrl on May 21 2014

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a book that inspires children to believe in the unexplainable. Even though many people believe that this book is not appropriate, they need to just stop reading in-between the lines and read it like a child.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by Viostring on May 21 2014

Witty and comical, her adventures are the work of a remarkable man, whose likes are probable to never be seen again.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by cameraartist on May 20 2014

It is a book that will enlighten your reading experience on old classic books. If you read this you will not be disappointed...

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Yahoo! Voices

Above average
Reviewed by Letty B. Houston on Mar 28 2014

By exchanging old traditions for imagination through his anti-didactic, anti-cautionary, and anti-genteel styles, Carroll seems to succeed at truly cherishing and prolonging childhood.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Sheri Newton on Apr 16 2012

I absolutely loved this edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and highly recommend this as a book for everyone to get. It would also make an excellent gift for someone, especially if they love this story and the characters in it.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Mary Carol Herwood on Jun 18 2011

Rather than give away the surprise ending, it might be best if you go back and reread "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." I had a wonderful time catching up on a children's story which I had never read.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Carly Morgan on Jun 01 2010

By forcing Alice's mind to battle itself, Carroll successfully turns Alice's identity crisis into an intriguing and multi-dimensional tale.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Katharine Swan on Nov 15 2005

Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland is a marvelous exploration of language. Carroll uses language to set Alice apart as intelligent, even while he uses simplicity of diction to show that she is still a little girl.

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Fantasy Book Review

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Reviewed by Floresiensis on Jan 27 2014

Alice in Wonderland was Lewis Carroll’s first novel and its fantasy plot, humorous rhymes and brilliant use of nonsense was revolutionary.

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Jules' Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Jules on Feb 27 2011

...a jumbled mess of events, that don’t come together at all. Thoughts are scrambled around on the pages, none of which flow into the next.

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http://goodbooksandgoodwine.com

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Reviewed by April on Nov 07 2013

...this book is whimsical and weird and full of imagination. It’s like Lewis Carroll was all, hey what are two odd things I can throw together and then he went all Tim Gunn and was like MAKE IT WORK. And indeed, it works.

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Lit and Life

Excellent
Reviewed by Lisa on Dec 08 2010

I generally include what I didn't like or didn't think worked in a book when I do a review but I must admit that I can't think of a single thing I didn't enjoy in this story.

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Impressions In Ink

Good
Reviewed by Annette on May 15 2014

Even though it's an odd story, the author had imagination and for this the book is a stand-alone in children's classic literature.

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Bookfoolery and Babble

Good
on Dec 01 2009

This is a book worth owning, sniffing...hanging onto and passing down through the family. Highly recommended.

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The Book Lover's Boudoir

Below average
on May 21 2013

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a brilliant, twisted, mad adventure... Lewis had a terrible habit of intruding on the story to directly address the reader by stating Alice’s thoughts and explaining things inside brackets. This was really irritating.

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Excellent
on May 22 2014

I wouldn't like you to make the mistake of thinking that Alice is just for younger readers. This book is a masterpiece because you can keep going back to it and re-interpreting it.

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The Lostent Wife

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Reviewed by Lydia on Jan 04 2011

Alice in Wonderland was a light, easy to read pick during a week that is normally chaotic and with my enjoyment of the book this time around, I might just have to make it a yearly happening.

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Giraffe Days

Good
on Sep 07 2010

Alice is a funny thing – not terribly likeable, being precocious and argumentative, and yet somehow endearing all the same. I found she fit right in, though in her clumsy way she causes so many of the problems that she finds so exasperating!

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The Independent Review

Above average
Reviewed by Kelsey on Feb 17 2011

I don’t know that I’d say I’d recommend the book, since it’s for a different audience entirely, but if you’re feeling nostalgic for the old days it’s a good one to read.

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Hope is the Word

Good
on Jan 20 2014

This book is pure lunacy, and I loved every minute of what I read. My children didn’t appreciate the humor quite as much as I did, but they liked it well enough.

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