Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is Robert Sabuda's most amazing creation ever, featuring stunning pop-ups illustrated in John Tenniel's classic style. The text is faithful to Lewis Carroll's original story, and special effects like a Victorian peep show, multifaceted foil, and tactile elements make this a pop-up to read and admire again and again.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is Robert Sabuda's most amazing creation ever, featuring stunning pop-ups illustrated in John Tenniel's classic style. The text is faithful to Lewis Carroll's original story, and special effects like a Victorian peep show, multifaceted foil, and tactile elements make this a pop-up to read and admire again and again.

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Pop-up guru Robert Sabuda performs his paper engineering magic again with this stunning adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale.

With large and small textured pop-ups -- some of the animals are actually furry -- that will dazzle you with their intricacy and inventiveness, Sabuda's rendition tells the familiar tale of Alice as she falls down the rabbit hole and makes her way through Wonderland. The book features artwork based on John Tenniel's time-honored illustrations and text that follows the original story, and each spread includes several smaller pop-ups in "subpages," along with larger pop-ups taking center stage. Some of the amazing must-sees are Alice's initial fall down to Wonderland (with an accordion-like feature labelled "Open me" to pull up and peek into); the Mad Hatter's tea party, with silvery dishware that includes a fuzzy dormouse; and the croquet match that opens wide. But it's the final final spread of Alice and a flurrying pack of cards (all 52 cards are there) that is sure to put you over the blissful edge.

With bestselling renditions like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Night Before Christmas under his belt, Sabuda checks off another classic and keeps his fans cheering for more. The creator simply gets better with each book, adding extras that always push the limits. This treat is an adventure that you won't want to miss. Matt Warner

The New York Times
[Sabuda] has created an object that is the most absorbing book/toy I've played with in a long time. The intelligent paper trickery on each spread is, well, awesome. Moreover, Sabuda's faithful adaptation of the original Carroll text is a pleasure to read. It appears on separate page flaps that are pasted on the side of each of the six spreads, adjacent to an exploding main tableau that rather than simply unfolding, literally flies off the page (watch out for your eyes). — Steven Heller
Publishers Weekly
Readers will be astonished by every tableau in this pop-up extravaganza. The initial spread explodes into a surprisingly tall green forest, topped by billowing leafy shapes that resemble the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts. On the lawn below, in papery 3D, Alice scurries about while the White Rabbit checks his pocket watch. Along the left-hand border of the book, a series of narrow flaps present an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's text. These pages-within-pages feature pop-ups of a green bottle ("Drink me") that shrinks Alice, a cake that makes her a giant and Alice swimming in "the pool of tears that she had wept when she was nine feet high." Finally, an accordion-pleated square in the lower right corner expands into a long, vertical rabbit hole; through its circular window, Alice can be seen falling, as if into a well. And that's only the beginning. Subsequent stages of this moveable feast include a wiggly Alice grown too large for the White Rabbit's house; a Mad Tea Party with shining silver-foil tea service (the March Hare and Mad Hatter dunk the Dormouse in a teapot); and Alice waving her arms as the Queen and her court, transformed to a "pack of cards," arch over her head like a rainbow. Those who know the story can best negotiate this wonderland, for the narrative gets a bit lost in the visual dimensions. Sabuda, who also has adapted The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, borrows from the Tenniel illustrations, but pares them down and drenches them with violet, fuschia, gold and green hues. His paper engineering snaps solidly into place, and elements like the Cheshire Cat's unfolding face are both startling and beautiful; and the pack of cards rising up into the air will have the audience studying how Sabuda created the effect of scattering and tumbling. A Jabberwocky cheer of "O frabjous day! Calloo, callay!" seems appropriate for this salute to Carroll's classic. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Alice is quietly sitting on the riverbank with her sister. Her sister is reading a book which Alice is sure must be a very dull book on account of the fact that the book has no picture or conversations. Then Alice sees a white rabbit running past. This in itself is not all that odd. What is odd it that the rabbit is talking to itself. Alice has never seen a talking rabbit. Without stopping to think Alice sets off in hot pursuit and thus begins her extraordinary adventures. Alice soon finds herself falling down a terribly long rabbit hole and from that time onwards, as Alice says, "curiouser and curiouser" things keep happening to her. Alice finds herself in situations where she keeps changes sizes; she goes for a swim in her own tears; she attends the most peculiar tea party; and a queen threatens to cut off her head (among other things). Though there are only six double page spreads in the book, each spread contains a considerable amount of Alice's bizarre story. There is one very large and highly complicated pop-up in the middle of the double page and to the side of this main pop-up there is a mini book describing Alice's adventures. Within the book more pop-ups with moving parts, and foil papers can be found. To say that this is a glamorous and remarkable book is an understatement. Just when you think that you have seen it all you discover some new surprise, some hidden piece or part. A pop-up adaptation of Lewis Carroll's original tale. 2003, Simon and Schuster, Ages 6 up.
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
School Library Journal
K-Gr 6-Sabuda brings Alice's world to life with breathtaking, three-dimensional images that are incredibly imaginative, intricately detailed, and perfectly executed. Carroll's text has been significantly abridged, and although some scenes are a bit choppy, the quickly paced narrative retains the flavor of the original. Sabuda's illustrations pay homage to John Tenniel's artwork, while providing a fresh look at the story and offering details that add greatly to the reading experience. The events unfold in six glorious spreads, each featuring a large pop-up and a narrow booklet that opens into several pages containing the text as well as additional pop-ups. The first scene depicts Alice and her sister on the riverbank, and the faces of several Wonderland characters are camouflaged among the background trees. A pull-up panel provides a "Victorian peep show" view of Alice falling down the rabbit hole. Throughout, shiny foils highlight items such as pots and pans, and felt adds textured detail to the Cheshire Cat and other fuzzy animals. A movable inset transforms the face of the Duchess's offspring from a baby's to a pig's. As a page is turned, a gardener raises his paintbrush and a piece of cellophane changes a white rose to red. In the final spread, a frightened Alice waves her arms beneath a delicate arch of cards. In addition to pulling off feats of paper engineering, the artist also manages to create compositions that provide an eye-pleasing balance of colors, shapes, and action. Much too delicate to circulate, libraries may still want to purchase this book for displays and just for showing off.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Girl falls down a rabbit hole, cries buckets, has a spot of bother about size, plays some croquet, and wakes up in time for tea. The quintessential Victorian children's classic, Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has been gloriously re-envisioned by pop-up master Sabuda. The bizarre settings and rude creatures of Wonderland burst out with every turn of the page, starting with an ingenious peep-show rabbit hole and ending with an explosion of cards. She's a familiar Alice; Sabuda, while paying homage to original illustrator Sir John Tenniel, uses vibrant colors, thick black outlines, and foil to create a work that is uniquely his. The text is abridged with most of the nonsense poetry left out; perhaps this engaging version will send a few new fans to the original. Carroll, no slouch in the paper-engineering department himself (he designed a disappearing Cheshire Cat stamp case), would be pleased. (Picture book. All ages)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689847431
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up Series
  • Edition description: Collectible Pop-Up
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 48,806
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Sabuda

Robert Sabuda is one of the most innovative and inventive children's book creators and is known worldwide for his amazing pop-up paper engineering. His books include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, The Winter's Tale, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, to name but afew, have garnered numerous awards and have made the New York Times bestseller lists on many occasions. He lives in New York City.


Pop-up books are true oddities of children's publishing. They are charmingly quaint and old-fashioned, yet eternally popular. They've been around for ages, but precious few creative souls set out to become pop-up artists. This, however, is not the case with Robert Sabuda, who seems to have been born to make pop-up books.

Sabuda made his first step toward becoming one of the most ingenious pop-up artists in contemporary publishing as a very young child. He grew up in a household where books were held in the highest regard and reading was always encouraged. He has fond memories of being read to by his mother when he was a little boy. Sabuda's first encounter with a pop-up book occurred in a dentist office. Anxious about his appointment, young Robert's mother read a pop-up book with him to take his mind off the dentist's chair. He was instantly hooked.

Sabuda's background as a gifted artist also played a key role in his future career. As a kid, he was fortunate enough to be encouraged in his artistic pursuits by his teachers and his parents, his father being a mason and carpenter. He inherited from his dad a lifelong fascination with construction and avidly studied the pop-up books he received as gifts to find out what made them work. Imaginative and curious, he even made his own pop-ups out of discarded manila envelopes his mom brought home from her office.

This childhood hobby would prove invaluable, as an older Sabuda set out on a career in children's books. He got his start as a journeyman illustrator working with such writers as Eugene Bradley Coco (The Fiddler's Son; Wishing Well) and Jay Patrick Lewis (Earth Verses and Water Rhymes). He even worked on adaptations of Walt Whitman classics geared toward young readers.

Sabuda's first solo effort was Saint Valentine (1992), a retelling of the ancient tale of a humble Roman physician who brings about a miracle. The focal point of this charmingly simple story is Sabuda's illustrations, a series of intricate, exquisite mosaics made of marbleized and hand-painted paper that simulate the look of early Christian art. Proof of a craftsmanship rarely seen in children's books, Saint Valentine and its sequel, Tutankhamen's Gift, revealed the illustrator's uncanny talent for creating unconventional art.

In 1994, Sabuda discovered his niche with The Christmas Alphabet, a seasonal delight filled with eye-catching pop-ups and crafted with an elegance as appealing to adults as to children. The Christmas Alphabet was the first in a long line of remarkable paper-engineered wonders covering a wide range of subject matter. He would adapt famous tales (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), tackle contemporary issues (the Help the Animals series), and tell completely original stories (Winter's Tale).

Some of Sabuda's finest work has been done in collaboration with his partner and good friend Matthew Reinhart. Between them, these two pop-up geniuses have produced stunning work, including two wonderful science-oriented series, the Young Naturalist's Pop-up Handbook and the Encyclopedia Prehistorica. And although each has become increasingly involved in independent projects, they continue to influence each other in subtle and dramatic ways.

In explaining the attraction of the pop-up genre to today's technologically savvy kids, Sabuda says,. "I think [kids] are drawn to pop-up books because so much in their world today to them seems like magic, electronically," Sabuda told Barnes & "So, when they see one of my pop-ups books and they open it, they're amazed that it's occurring just by turning the page... that there's no electronics or bells or whistles to make that happen. I know that just from a creative part, they love seeing that magic occur."

Good To Know

As a boy, Sabuda took tap lessons at a local dance school, where he also furthered his artistic abilities by designing backdrops.

Shortly after graduating from Pratt Institute in New York City, Sabuda made ends meet by designing boxes for women's underwear.

Sabuda's first work in children's publishing was as an illustrator of coloring books, which books based on such popular movie characters as the very non-kid-friendly Rambo.

Sabuda shared some fun facts about himself in our interview:

"My first job was as a hardware stock boy and I LOVED it. To this day, when someone says 'Home Depot,' I start salivating like Pavlov's dog."

"I'm inspired to create the work that I do because I really don't know how to do anything else. Besides it's a bit of a curse, too. I always have so many ideas that I feel like I'll never get to them all."

"I don't know how to drive a car and have no desire to learn."

"My partner (author/illustrator) Matthew Reinhart and I just got an 1830's farmhouse in up state New York. Having it renovated has been a great project. It's like working on a huge pop-up that you can live in."

"To unwind, I do yoga, but my practice is pretty average. But I can do a headstand, away from the wall, which for me is a really big deal!"

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 8, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Pinckney, Michigan
    1. Education:
      B.F.A., Pratt Institute, 1987
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2010

    Superb Alice in Wonderland pop-up book

    This is an excellent pop-up book of Alice in Wonderland. There are details on every page so go through it slowly. You would think the falling deck of cards would be my favorite, but it was the pull up where Alice in falling into Wonderland. Make sure light is shining from the side and you'll see what I mean.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    Alice In Wonderland-Pop-Up

    This is a wonderfully illustrated best pop-up book ever created. My 10 year old grand daughter loved receiving it as an Easter gift and spent hours reading and looking at all the pop-ups. It not only has the main pop-ups on each page but it also has secondary pop-ups on each page. The book is filled with so many of the most interesting pop-ups ever created. Well worth the money paid for this book. You will enjoy every page whether you are reading it to your child or your child is reading it to themself. And of course the story is a classic version of "Alice".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is WONDERFUL!

    I opened this book at the store and my daughter, granddaughters (3),my mother, my sister in law, and my sister were standing around and we all oohh'ed and aahh'ed when we saw the pop up pages. I said I am buying this! (I bought it for my daughter to take charge of and it is for my grandchildren to oohh and aahh over again and again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    excellent pop-up illustrations

    The illustrations and pop-up effects were excellent.

    The illustrations and pop-up effects are excellent ( young children would need adult supervision with the detailed movable art work ). The text is not as good as classic versions of Alice and Wonderland but adequate. This book is a beautiful work of art by this very talented artist. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    My Granddaughter will be thrilled

    I just bought this book for my granddaughter's birthday and I am sure she will as thrilled with it as I am. It will be a treasure for both of us.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2003

    Absolutely stunning!

    You can't go wrong with Robert Sabuda and this edition of Alice in Wonderland is just spectacular. With every story he illustrates with his great paper engineering, Robert Sabuda seems to take his art to a new level. A real treasure!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    The Best Pop-up Book in the World!

    I heard about this book and it's illustrator on the radio. I went straight out the next day to check it out. It is hands down the best pop-up book ever conceived of. I have long been a fan of Alice and her Adventures. Robert Sabuda has certainly given the metal images that come out in the story the grandeur and imagination that they deserve. This is a must have for fans of Alice in Wonderland, for artists, and for children and adults of all ages. When you see it in person you will NOT be disappointed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    just ok

    story was a little weird and the first book I got was torn

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Brings the story and characters to life with AMAZING graphics and detail used in all the pop ups!

    Pop up books are always kid favorites, but this time it brought the story to life for this adult! I had never read the Alice in Wonderland book, this was the perfect opportunity to rediscover this classic with my kids. Our favorite page has to be the Tea Party Scene! There is no way to adequately describe the unique and imaginative variety of pop ups. I'm sure the story itself lends its nonsensical prose to the elaborate scenes displayed. You'll just have to see it to believe it! I had gone back to buy another for a gift and they were SOLD OUT! A first class pop up! It's so pretty to look at you'll find yourself reading it to them again and again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    A must have!

    These pop-up books are incredible! You will not believe how beautiful they are. A perfect gift!

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

    very creative interpretation of the story

    This book (and the series in general) is wonderfully creative and engaging. It provides a new and fun dimension to the typical edition of this story and leaves the reader wishing more children's book could be so well developed and magical.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2006


    This book is absolutely lovely. Brilliant!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2006

    A whole new world

    If you thought you knew the childhood favorite Alice in Wonderland, your sadly mistaken. The new and improved book Alice¿s Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll is a completely different world. From the pictures to the characters there are similarities and differences. Its like reading a book and then going to the movies and seeing it. When you read the book you get to imagine everything the way you want and then you go to the movies and you see completely different things. Just as this book, in the children¿s book things are colored out and everything¿s happy. In the one by Lewis Carroll, the pictures are different from what I remember. For me that just throws everything off. I¿ve already seen it one way in the book, and that¿s the way it should be in my mind. You still have most of the same main characters. Of course there is Alice, the Queen, the white rabbit, the mad hatter, and the caterpillar, while on the other hand there is a mouse, a dodo bird, a lizard, a fish-footman, and a frog-footman. This book sends you into a whole new world letting your imagination run wild. Alice gets sent threw this world of crazy characters and nonsense. Your with alice every step of the way as she enters another world where anything goes. One minute your two feet tall, then you shoot up to a mile high just by eating a mushroom. You also experience an interesting game of croquet with the Queen and men made out of cards, while using flamingo¿s as putts. Alice meets all kinds of new people and animals, but in the end turns out to be just a dream. So ask yourself are you ready to enter a whole new universe and let your mind run free? Personally I did not like this newer version of Alice and Wonderland. I¿ve read it before and know exactly how everything should look and that¿s the version I will stick with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2003

    Simply Beautiful

    I have always appreciated Sabuda's work but never felt the need to own one of his works (given them as gifts, but none for me). As soon as I saw this, I was excited... so much so that the friend I was shopping with bought it to give me. Every page is truly impressive, perfect illustrations for one of my favorite classics. Something that I found surprising was how much text there is in the book- not at all as watered-down as most adaptations of the story. I'm excited about Christmas for this single present!!!

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