Variations on an Alice theme

By | March 30, 2010 at 7:29 am | 122 comments | Books & Reading, For the Kids


Few classic stories have intrigued me so much or held my fascination so strongly as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

I read it and adored it growing up — and, in college, chose to write voluntary theses on its underlying and supposed hidden themes. I’ve watched nearly every video adaptation of the story, lamenting that not every single part of the intricate tale can be fit within an hour-and-a-half time slot.

And now that my children are old enough to appreciate (and love) chapter books that I read to them aloud, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is very high on the list.

Just out this spring is a beautiful, lavish reprinting of Carroll’s timeless classic. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Classic Illustrated Edition is a breathtaking, heirloom-quality volume of a host of drawings, sketches, and paintings of scenes from this story, a collaboration of artists from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

This unique, multi-artist edition is the work of Cooper Edens of Starsnap Studio. Edens owns one of the largest collections of vintage picture books in the world. It’s clear to see that representing all artistic styles and renderings of most-beloved stories is his forte and passion.

Edens was able to capture each artist’s personal perspective of Wonderland….from the perplexing, to the mysterious, to the grandiose. Each page’s turn is another glimpse into what might have been in the mind of Carroll while writing…and a few mimic what I imagined in my own mind’s eye when I read it as a child.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Classic Illustrated Edition is a keepsake and a treasure. You can purchase it wherever your favorite books are sold….or order it from Chronicle Books….for $14.99.

Win it!
Courtesy of Chronicle Books, one of you will win your own copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Classic Illustrated Edition!

Here’s how to enter:

1) MANDATORY: Tell me, in a comment below, another book from Chronicle Books you’d love to read (or read to your kids).
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4) For a fourth entry, twitter about this contest using @MuseReviews within your tweet, then tell me in a separate comment that you twittered!

I’ll close the contest next Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 at 11pm EST. Sorry; US entries only. Good luck!


Congrats to the winner, commenter #38, Susan C!

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