alice in wonderland

June 3, 2015

 My friends! I'm sure my book blogging friends can relate to this - you see a book somewhere on the internets, look it up and promptly fall down a rabbit hole (get the 'Alice' ref?? I must point out all of my terrible jokes and puns.) and find yourself looking at a bunch of different books you never intended to look at in the first place. It's a terrible problem to which I've lost hours of my life. But never minding all that, look at all these beautiful versions of  'Alice in Wonderland' that I found, that I was never intending to find in the first place!

Here we have an upcoming release (Fall 2015) of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', illustrated by Anna Bond, which just looks beautiful! It's part of the Puffin in Bloom series and I seriously want these to use as room decor.

Another upcoming release coming this September - I love the art done by Andrea D'Aquino in Classics Reimagined's version of 'Alice'. There is going to be a whole series of classics that have the art interpreted by contemporary artists from all over the globe. COOL idea!

'Alice in Wonderland : A Classic Illustrated Edition' compiled by Cooper Eden is another great idea of a book that I would looooooove to own - because this version features loads of art from the myriads of artists who have offered their own illustrated spin on the classic tale over the years. Over 30 artists are featured, including one of my great great favorites, Arthur Rackham.

This Little Golden Book version of 'Alice' makes the Disney lover in me smile. I love Little Golden Books so much! I'd love to have this cutie with art from the film in my collection.

The sunny yellow covered 'Alice' is put out by Classics Unfolded - the art is done by Yelena Brysenkova and the whole story unfolds in 14 scenes. You can unfold the pages, and read snippets of text and short summaries of key episodes of the plot. The pages can also serve as freestanding art! There's a ton more classic stories in the collection that I would love to see.

And lastly, there's this GORGEOUS looking version of 'Alice' that features the dazzling original art by John Tenniel and NO abridgement. The original text, the original art - black and white within the book and some amazing colorized pictures on the covers. Some reviewers on Amazon said that they weren't happy with the printing quality done on the paper. That seems a shame. I discovered this after I had already done my collage and I was NOT going to re-do it! So it might be safer, if you want a copy of 'Alice' with the original Tenniel art to go with this version from Books of Wonder (they do AMAZING things with their re-prints, hard to go wrong with their books!). The art is supposed to be crisp and clear and there are annotations to accompany the story text.

So there you have it! A whole lot o' Alice! Have you read the original with your kiddos? I haven't read it with Julia. And I've never read the whole thing, from top to bottom; I've only read snippets of the original here and there throughout the years. It always seemed.....like such an endeavor. But maybe that's a mistake and we should give it a go! All of these glorious versions of the book are serving as great inspiration.


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12 comments:

  1. Almost all of these came out after I did my Alice book round-up a year or two ago. So much Alice goodness! I can't wait to see the Andrea D'Aquino edition, and all of the Classics Unfolded line.

    Did you know this November marks the 150th anniversary of the book's publication? :)

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    1. I did NOT know because I am the Queen of Ignorance. Oh man those Puffin in Bloom books. I want the whole lot of 'em!

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    2. Oh, I KNOW. My local indie has this big Penguin / Puffin classics display up front, with all the different lines. In my ideal, perfectly extravagant, perfect world, I would have a set of every series (In Bloom, Deluxe HC Classics, the alphabet series, the stitched-cover series, whatever series I'm forgetting) for every room of my perfectly extravagant, perfect house. You know, the one with the window seat in the turret...

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  2. I just discovered the Puffin in Bloom series as well and am swooning over them. And the hard cover classic series. !!! Love!

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    1. I LONG for that Puffin Bloom series! I would display them in places of high honor! :)

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  3. You find the most amazing books! Seriously, I didn't know so many editions existed and I bought so many of the Wonderland books already! I really must buy that "Unfolded" one!

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    1. It's just a crazy little talent I have, ha ha ha. ;)

      YES to the Unfolded book - that's the one I really want to see as well!

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    2. By the way - I bought Julia a Little Pullip or Little Dal (?? whichever is the less expensive one!) Alice in Wonderland doll for her birthday - I need to take a picture and show you!!! She's lovely!!

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    3. I love this post! My oldest daughter loves Alice in Wonderland and has been collecting copies for years and now has two shelves full. But - you've shared some she doesn't have so I know what to give her for her birthday. If you ever get to Fresno, visit the Arne Nixon Center at Fresno State which houses a huge and amazing collection.

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    4. Oh yay Claire Annette! So glad you like! I collect copies of 'Peter Pan'! Having a whole series of Alice books would be so amazing.

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  4. I had an Alice baby shower with my oldest. She loves the Disney film version. I can't wait to explore it more with her.

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