With David Bamber as the splendid White Rabbit, Roy Hudd as the Mad Hatter and Sarah-Jane Holm as Alice, the spellbinding and fantastic story sparkles with nonsensical life in this full-cast dramatisation.
Lewis Carroll's real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. He was born on 27th January 1832 at Daresbury in Cheshire. He studied at Christ Church, Oxford University and later became a mathematics lecturer there. He wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1872) for the daughters of the Dean of Christ Church. He was very fond of puzzles and some readers have found mathematical jokes and codes hidden in his Alice books. His other works include Phantasmagoria and Other Poems (1869), The Hunting of the Snark (1876), Rhyme? And Reason? (1882), The Game of Logic (1887) and Sylvie and Bruno (1889, 1893). Dodgson was also an influential photographer. He died on 14th January 1898.
An edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll contains all of Arthur Rackham's original artwork from the 1907 edition (published after Sir John Tenniel's illustrations). Pen-and-inks dot the text; full-page paintings, such as one sepia-toned frame showing Alice, in a delicate rose-patterned dress, addressing the hookah-smoking Caterpillar, plus a sewn-in satin bookmark make this an elegant gift choice. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Gr 4-8 Many fine artists have illustrated Alice in Wonderland , notably Arthur Rackham (Heinemann, 1907; o.p.), Ralph Steadman (Potter, 1973; o.p.), and Barry Moser (University of California Pr, 1982). Like the others, Browne utilizes Carroll's full text, including the ``Golden Afternoon'' poem and an author's note about the Hatter's Riddle. As a tribute to Tenniel's artistry, most of the best illustrators echo his unforgettable drawings. Although some of Browne's illustrations borrow Tenniel's composition, for example the frog doorman and the fish messenger, Browne's hyper-realistic style and quirky details make them his own. He ably avoids the Disneyesque trap that many full-color illustrators fall into. His Alice, more ordinary and child-like, meets all of the customary bizzare creatures, including Browne's signature gorilla. Readers will enjoy discovering the odd details that Browne includes, such as the fish mustache on the marble bust or the club-shaped beauty mark and the pig-earred hat on the Duchess. Reillustrating a classic like Alice in Wonderland is a challenge. Many have tried, but only a few can match Lewis Carroll's brilliance. Anthony Browne is one of them. Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library
- "Without these two books in my childhood I doubt whether my imagination would have developed at all." --Kate Atkinson