Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole

Lewis Carroll
THIS STUNNING NEW VERSION OF A CLASSIC IS THE BEST WAY TO ENTER WONDERLAND . . . WITHOUT ACTUALLY FALLING DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE. Alice in Wonderland is one of the most wondrous, truly original stories ever written—filled with magical and marvelous happenings. On its 150th anniversary in 2015, Lewis Carroll’s tale of a world gone topsy-turvy gets a unique picture-book retelling of the beginning of Alice’s journey, with elegantly simplified text that keeps all of the astonishing adventures and wide-eyed amazement of the original. What a wonderful Introduction for young children to many of the classic Carroll characters - Alice and The White Rabbit, the Blue Caterpillar, Bill the Lizard and more. Many of the most famous phrases are here— like "Curiouser and curiouser" and "Oh dear, oh dear, I shall be too late" to prepare youngsters for the time they’re ready to read the whole book in its original form. Award-winning, bestselling artist Eric Puybaret creates an enchanting and magical Wonderland that looks like no other interpretation. Every spread in this magnificently produced volume is rich in charm, gloriously colorful, yet fresh and modern. From the extraordinary White Rabbit in his brilliantly red suit to the timelessly graceful young heroine, this is the Alice today’s young children can relate to. It’s the perfect, glorious introduction to a classic, a taste of what magic awaits them in the future.


Reviewed: 2020-12-01

This modern retelling covers the events in the first five chapters of Lewis Carroll’s book. It ends with, “All Alice could do was walk on, knowing only that whatever happened next, it certainly was bound to be not ordinary at all.” The author uses some of the original text with updated narration. The book is filled with full-page illustrations using a variety of color and detail. Though this is visually a beautiful work, the story ends abruptly and may be difficult to follow for the child who is unfamiliar with the original one. The text size and color varies on most pages with varied spacing in places. It may be best enjoyed as a read-aloud for younger children or along with the original tale and other retells. The publisher suggests the book is “a tasty treat to whet the (little ones) appetites for the full book when they grow older.”

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