Alice Through the Looking-Glass


"Young and old alike will easily embrace Oxenbury’s Alice, who seems both old-fashioned and modern, and comfortable in worlds on both sides of the mirror." — Booklist (starred review)

Helen Oxenbury’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland set a new standard for contemporary editions of Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic, and this companion is illustrated with equal intimacy, warmth, and charm. Here again is Alice, dressed in her bright blue jumper and ready for adventure. All it takes ...

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"Young and old alike will easily embrace Oxenbury’s Alice, who seems both old-fashioned and modern, and comfortable in worlds on both sides of the mirror." — Booklist (starred review)

Helen Oxenbury’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland set a new standard for contemporary editions of Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic, and this companion is illustrated with equal intimacy, warmth, and charm. Here again is Alice, dressed in her bright blue jumper and ready for adventure. All it takes is a bit of curiosity about the world reversed in the mirror, and suddenly Alice is interacting with all manner of comical and magical characters — Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the lion and the unicorn, and a game board of chess pieces come to life. Helen Oxenbury’s incomparable line drawings, sepia illustrations, and full-color paintings give today’s children an accessible view into Lewis Carroll’s timeless nonsense.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763642624
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 701,668
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Carroll
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."

From the Hardcover edition.


Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was a man of diverse interests -- in mathematics, logic, photgraphy, art, theater, religion, medicine, and science. He was happiest in the company of children for whom he created puzzles, clever games, and charming letters.

As all Carroll admirers know, his book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), became an immediate success and has since been translated into more than eighty languages. The equally popular sequel Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, was published in 1872.

The Alice books are but one example of his wide ranging authorship. The Hunting of the Snark, a classic nonsense epic (1876) and Euclid and His Modern Rivals, a rare example of humorous work concerning mathematics, still entice and intrigue today's students. Sylvie and Bruno, published toward the end of his life contains startling ideas including an 1889 description of weightlessness.

The humor, sparkling wit and genius of this Victorian Englishman have lasted for more than a century. His books are among the most quoted works in the English language, and his influence (with that of his illustrator, Sir John Tenniel) can be seen everywhere, from the world of advertising to that of atomic physics.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 27, 1832
    2. Place of Birth:
      Daresbury, Cheshire, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 14, 1898
    2. Place of Death:
      Guildford, Surrey, England

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