Alice Through the Looking-Glass
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Alice Through the Looking-Glass

by Helen Oxenbury
     
 

New edition of this Victorian classic, here presented in its true adult context for the first time. In his introduction, Jeremy Reed highlights the psychedelic nuances of the text, revealing how Lewis Carroll's vivid imagery exerted a strong influence on various '60s songwriters, and questions how the literature of this Victorian eccentric was casually assimilated…  See more details below

Overview

New edition of this Victorian classic, here presented in its true adult context for the first time. In his introduction, Jeremy Reed highlights the psychedelic nuances of the text, revealing how Lewis Carroll's vivid imagery exerted a strong influence on various '60s songwriters, and questions how the literature of this Victorian eccentric was casually assimilated into children's literature. A Creation edition of a remarkable book.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Helen Oxenbury takes the 19th-century classic and revitalizes it for a new audience, Alice Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. In a starred review of her Alice in Wonderland, PW wrote, "In perhaps her most ambitious work to date, Oxenbury applies her finely honed instinct for a child's perspective to create an Alice accessible to all ages." Those who enjoyed Oxenbury's first foray into Wonderland will be every bit as delighted with the artist's return visit. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Kathryn Erskine
Helen Oxenbury's captivating illustrations make this volume of Lewis Carroll's work approachable to today's young readers. A contemporary Alice wanders around a fanciful land and meets the odd assortment of characters. Oxenbury brings to life Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Walrus and the Carpenter, and many others, giving them each their own personality. The funny, whimsical illustrations are delightful and not the least bit frightening or disconcerting. Alice is portrayed as a confident, caring, capable young girl who walks and works through the chapters of the book to win the chess game, which the author claims, correctly, follows the rules of chess. Almost every spread contains an illustration, whether pen-and-ink or full color. It is a book that will attract readers simply for the joy of paging through the beautiful illustrations. Pre-readers will have Carroll's story introduced to them through the engaging illustrations alone. Oxenbury previously illustrated Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, for which she won the Kate Greenaway Medal. This volume, too, is worthy of such an award.
School Library Journal
Gr 2 Up-In this delightful companion to Oxenbury's illustrated version of Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Candlewick, 1999), Alice now wears black tights and a white long-sleeved shirt to suit the winter setting ("Without, the frost, the blinding snow,/The storm-wind's moody madness-/Within, the firelight's ruddy glow,/And childhood's nest of gladness"). Leaving the cozy room behind, she steps through the looking glass and into a world depicted in warm watercolors, sepia-toned illustrations, and line drawings. Not a word of the original tale has been altered. The artwork echoes the whimsy of the language, clearly showing Alice's amusement at the antics of Tweedledum and Tweedledee, her frustration at the impossibility of slicing a "Looking-glass cake," her affection for the gentle White Knight, and her exasperation when both the White and the Red Queen fall asleep snuggled against her. The large font and numerous illustrations, including many single- and double-page paintings, make this edition inviting for reading aloud or alone. The artwork has an engaging openness to it, and Alice comes across as a real child, making it easy for readers to imagine themselves exploring the wonders of this make-believe realm.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Every bit as handsome as its Greenaway Medal-winning predecessor (1999), this edition of young Alice's second venture beyond the everyday world features a text printed in a comfortably legible font on creamy paper, well supplied with vignettes, sepia figures and full-color scenes done in Oxenbury's trademark pale hues and delicate lines. Bearing a slightly disheveled look and dressed in a bright blue shift, Alice makes a sturdy, confident companion for the adventure. Though the Bandersnatch's chopped-off head is a gory sight and there are other battles galore (the plot is, after all, loosely based on a game of chess), in general the figures she encounters, from Humpty Dumpty to Tweedledum and Tweedledee, are comical enough to keep the tone lighthearted. An outstanding rendition equally suited to reading aloud or alone. (Fantasy. 7-10)
From the Publisher
“Lewis Carroll, we could say, created the whole of children’s literature with these wonderful stories. Placing a child at the centre of a narrative that was entirely free of instruction, entirely devoted to delight, was a stroke of genius. The Alices are the greatest nonsense ever written, and far greater, in my view, than most sense.”—Philip Pullman, author, His Dark Materials trilogy

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763628925
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/11/2005
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

LEWIS CARROLL is the pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898). He wrote ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND for the amusement of eleven-year-old Alice Liddell and her two sisters, who were the daughters of the dean of Christ Church College, Oxford, where Dodgson taught mathematics. The book was published in 1865, and its first companion volume, THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE, followed in 1871.

HELEN OXENBURY is one of today's foremost illustrators. She is the winner of England's Kate Greenaway Medal as well as many other important awards. In addition to ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, her books for Candlewick include BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD, FARMER DUCK, IT'S MY BIRTHDAY, and SO MUCH. She says, "I had no plans to illustrate ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS, but after reading it again for pure pleasure, I couldn't resist the temptation to try to bring to life the humorously eccentric characters that Carroll created."

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