Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions)

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Alice sees things that other people miss. Sitting on a riverbank with her sister, she watches a white rabbit run past, wearing clothes and checking a pocket watch. Following the rabbit down its hole, she drops into a fantastic world where she grows and shrinks in an instant, her tears cause a major flood, and caterpillars give sage advice. Soon she is taking directions from the Cheshire Cat, attending a tea party with the March Hare and the Mad Hatter, and playing croquet with a deck of cards.  

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Overview

Alice sees things that other people miss. Sitting on a riverbank with her sister, she watches a white rabbit run past, wearing clothes and checking a pocket watch. Following the rabbit down its hole, she drops into a fantastic world where she grows and shrinks in an instant, her tears cause a major flood, and caterpillars give sage advice. Soon she is taking directions from the Cheshire Cat, attending a tea party with the March Hare and the Mad Hatter, and playing croquet with a deck of cards.  

     Six months later—sitting by a cozy fire, her adventures over—Alice wonders what life is like on the other side of the mirror above the fireplace. Without a second thought, she climbs up the mantel and steps into a world where people move about in paintings on the wall and chessmen stroll arm in arm around the room. The human-size Red Queen explains that the surrounding countryside is a giant chessboard and that Alice can become a queen by traveling to the eighth row. On her new adventure, Alice encounters Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Humpty Dumpty, a Queen who turns into a talking sheep, and many more bizarre characters.

     Filled with intriguing logic problems, dizzying word play, and delightful distortions of cause and effect, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass are glorious romps through alternate realities where nonsense is deep and meaningful, perception can’t be trusted, and a little girl’s fantasies can charm and challenge even the keenest of adult minds.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435136311
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 3/19/2012
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Signature Editions
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 112,107
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll is the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, born in Cheshire, England, in 1832. As Carroll, he became famous for his hugely popular children’s books. As Dodgson, he was an accomplished mathematician and logician, the author of books on geometry and symbolic logic, a lecturer at Oxford University, a pioneering photographer,  an Anglican deacon, and  a prolific inventor. He died in Surrey, England, in 1898.
 
 

Biography

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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  • Posted April 2, 2009

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    Well Done

    I've never read the book before last week and must say that disney must have had something against Lewis Carroll because they butchered this amazing book by making that cartoon. This book has an amazing amount of detail that will keep you imagining about each chapter for hours. I would recommend this book to anyone with an open mind and a wild imagination. Instant Classic on my shelf

    24 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

    Alice in Wonderland

    I really enjoyed this book. It was very strange, but it kept me interested. My favorite character throughout this whole book was the Caterpillar. I liked how even after changing into a beautiful butterfly, he still remains the same snarky personality. I also enjoyed the descriptive language, and the real-ness that the author brought to Alice.

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2010

    A New Appreciation

    I decided to read this book after seeing the Tim Burton movie. It had been years since I had seen the Disney cartoon Alice and Wonderland and I remember seeing a Disney version of Alice Through the Looking Glass. In order to remind myself of what I hd seen I decided to read the book and get the original story since I never read it before. I was not overly impressed by the story but enthralled with the imagination and creativity of the world that Alice "falls" into. However I now have more respect for the classic and I definitely think it is something everyone should have in their library as a reminder of what real creativity and imagination was like without being gruesome and gory.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

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    Amazing Book

    This is a book I can see reading to my children someday (that is, if I ever have any). I'm 19 and I never knew that "Alice in Wonderland" was a book before it was a Disney "Classic". My sister and I were wondering around Barnes and Noble and she stumbled onto this book. She purchased it and attempted to read it but she's only 12 and therefor couldn't really understand some of the wordings (It's written in an old style). I was bored one rainy day and picked it up. I couldn't put it down until I'd finished the whole thing. It's a lovely book and it really does remind me of being a child. I giggled a lot throughout. Overall, good read.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

    So Much Sense In A Nonsense World

    So many times during my day to day life, I find occasions to quote this fabulous book. It's philosophical nonsense seems to make very much sense in my life. Many times I find myself thinking like Alice and giving myself very good advice, such as, "if you drink much from a bottle marked 'poison,' it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later."

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Barnes and Noble Classics=Perfect

    I own the physical copy of this book and I have to say it was wonderful. The book was a little fast for me; I found it hard to follow at some points. One second Alice was talking to the hookah-smoking caterpillar, the next she's God only knows where. At times, I found myself hating Alice for her foolishness. I mean, seriously, who follows a rabbit down a rabbit hole? The plot over all was all right, it's the significant detailc the story's told in that makes this story a literary classic.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2010

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    Wish I Could Be Mad There, Too.

    Don't get me wrong, this is actually one of my favorite stories. Thing is, there isn't much of an actual story, is there. It's a book about a girl who falls asleep and dreams she's fallen down a rabbit hole and into a strange world where she meets a bunch and AMAZINGLY created characters and gets into a couple sticky situations. That's all really, it's a fun, colorful story without a point.

    Because of the lack of plot, it's a very difficult story to form any emotional connection to. Lewis Carroll had an amazing mind, and Wonderland is a beautiful adventure through his world, but making Alice have next to no character growth forces us to remain at arms length from the magical world he created, almost denying us passage in. Alice hardly changes from when she falls asleep to when she wakes up. There is not really a disernable climax, and while she does find herself in plenty of peril, there has to be an effort made in order to see any danger she is in.

    The reason I do love this story, and the main reason I think it's worth reading, is because of the incredible range of characters. They're all so well-known and interesting. I love to read all of my favorite characters, especially the Hatter and the Cheshire-Cat. They all have such insane personalities, a sense of glorious freedom and fun, but coated with an obvious danger, and that makes them all the more appealing. Quite honestly, I'd switch places with Alice, just to play croquet with the Queen or converse with the Caterpillar, or dance with the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon. I could easily spend years sitting with the Dormouse, the March Hare, and the Hatter, sipping tea and just giggling. Really, I think Wonderland is the place for me.

    Besides the fun characters and interesting situations, there isn't much to the story. It has a lack-luster plot and only the tiniest of messages that comes in near the end. It also teaches us quite an important lesson, but that one may be a little obvious. Deserving of the classic status, definitely, and one of my favorites, but not the best.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Great Print of this book

    I loved the cover of this book, the old fashioned style. It stood out over all the other copies of Alice in Wonderland. And of course it is a great classic story. I am very happy with my purchase. This book is a keeper.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    Original Alice

    I was very happy with this book. As a child through adulthood, I had heard and seen the "Alice in Wonderland" story numerous times. However, reading this book gave me a different perspective on Alice's story. I had always thought Alice in Wonderland was one story that told of Alice's adventures in Wonderland. After reading this book, I learned that wasn't true. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was written years before Through the Looking-Glass and they are actually 2 separate stories. I thoroughly enjoyed traveling with Alice through her Adventures and I also learned quite about a Lewis Carroll in the introduction of this book. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass is a must-have for a classic readers library.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

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    Befuddling Brilliance

    This is one of the deepest works of literature I have ever perused. Deep, taking the meaning here of perplexing and complicated, yet thoroughly enthralling. Both works take on the same general shape (fantastical worlds of surrealism) but with completely unconnected plots. However, this point lacks relevance--as does most of the plot line (if one can find it.) What relevance and meaning there is to be found comes from what one decides to glean from it.

    The conclusion I arrived at was this enigma of a tale is worth a read, if for no other reason than to challenge one's own thought processes and interpretative capacities. Put simply, Alice/Looking Glass is an infinite enigma of pure imagination.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2010

    Alice in Wonderland--8 years and counting

    I apologize in advance, to anyone who may be offended by my thoughts. I've tried a total of 5 times in the last 8 years to finish or appreciate this book. I just can't for some reason. I recently tried again; for the sake of bettering myself, reading any type of genre I can, and exploring classic literature. I moved down my list of "the must reads" and then came back to my old nemesis "Alice in Wonderland"; I took a deep breath and went in with an open mind. I've read hundreds of reviews for this story mostly all on glowing terms and love for this book. There must be something I'm missing, because it just doesn't pull me in. It's so odd, I love fantasy and fairy tales but Lewis Carroll's world just doesn't make me want to follow the white rabbit. I really don't understand, maybe I'm trying too hard. I guess I'll try again next year.

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2008

    Likely One of the Worst Books I Have Ever Read

    Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland was, to me, immensely tedious, as well as pointless. The main character, Alice, was an imbecile, and seemed quite self- centred. She had a one- track mind and continually made the same idiotic mistakes. None of the characters particularly grew on me, and they all seemed to have one side to them, as they were undeveloped. Overall, the characters, as well as the dull story line, make this book one that I wish I had never picked up.

    2 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Hey its me again!!!!!!

    I just startd to read it and saw they called chapter 1 chaptee 1!!!!!! i thought it was so cute i still think it a great book though.
    From,
    A book worm (again)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Weird scan errors, a lot better than most so far

    Plenty of scanning errors, but they're mostly minor. Most 's have been turned into ^s for some inexplicable reason.
    Still, sadly, a better scan than most, and has both Alice books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Weird and confusing.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    OK

    Liked the book, but hated misspelled words

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    Alice

    I enjoyed reading the story of Alice in wonderland. It is of course a classic. Well, it really just wasn't my kind of book. It's not like most books that I read, I'm more into horror novels but I think it was descent. It's probably one of the most imaginative books I've ever read. Louis Carol was a very imaginative person and for that I really do like this book. I think that everyone should at least skim through this book. It's just one of those books that you've should read with in their life time, like I said it is a classic and it's very imaginative and even though It's not general the type of book I would read I enjoyed it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Good read for adults and older children

    After seeing the images in the recent 3D movie, I wanted to read this book, again. The forward and appendix provided explanation of Lewis Carroll's life which helped me understand the context of the book better and clarified some of the recent controversy about his relationships with children. Additionally, there was a translation of Jabborwocky which was great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

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    Can't Wait to see Tim Burton Movie 2010!

    A little research told me that this story was made up during a 5 mile row boat trip, told to three girls, one of them named Alice. I thought this was pretty interesting. Alice in wonderland is great, very creative, and very imaginative. Alice falls into a world that is much like a dream, and it flows well from one incident to the next. Through the looking glass was harder to follow because it jumped into each event. Our dreams tend to put us from one place to the next with no journey. It is patterned like she's walking through a giant chess board. However, I do like that everything Alice does is backwards. Contrariwise to the mirror she walked through. Very creative. I would definitely share this book with a child. It may be confusing at times, but it is fun.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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