Through the Looking-Glass.pdf

Through the Looking-Glass.pdf


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Publisher Comment
Helen Oxenbury’s ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND set a new standard for contemporary editions of Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic. And now she has illustrated its companion, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS, with equal intimacy, warmth, and charm. Here again is Alice, dressed in her bright blue jumper and ready for adventure like any modern child. All it takes is a bit of curiosity about the room reversed in the mirror and suddenly Alice is in the Looking-Glass world with all manner of comical and magical characters -Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the lion and the unicorn, and a whole game board of chess pieces come to life. On page after page, Helen Oxenbury’s incomparable line drawings, sepia illustrations, and full-color paintings give today’s children their own utterly accessible view into Lewis Carroll’s timeless nonsense.

From Booklist
*Starred Review* Gr. 4-7. Oxenbury won the Kate Greenaway Medal for her illustrated edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1999), and she continues her splendid interpretation with this companion title. Once again, Oxenbury contributes small, black-and-white drawings and full-page watercolors, and her subtle use of color and shade adds layers of meaning to the story. The kings and queens of the chessboard seem vibrantly alive, all grand gestures and magnificently haughty expressions, yet Oxenbury reinforces the notion that they are still only game pieces by painting them in monochromatic shades of either red or white (indicating their home side of the chess board), unlike other characters, such as the charmingly rendered Humpty Dumpty, who appear in vivid full color. In many images, the sturdy line sketches appear within richly dimensional watercolor worlds, and the juxtaposition of both in the same scene, like the coloring of the chess pieces, calls attention to Carroll's own playful jumble of solid, real-world elements (chess pieces, kittens, Alice herself) and delicious, wholly imagined fantasy. But children certainly won't need to look for deeper significance in the pictures to enjoy the wild adventures. Young and old alike will easily embrace Oxenbury's Alice, who seems both old-fashioned and modern, and comfortable in worlds on both sides of the mirror. Gillian Engberg
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2 Up–In this delightful companion to Oxenbury's illustrated version of Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Candlewick, 1999), Alice now wears black tights and a white long-sleeved shirt to suit the winter setting (Without, the frost, the blinding snow,/The storm-wind's moody madness–/Within, the firelight's ruddy glow,/And childhood's nest of gladness). Leaving the cozy room behind, she steps through the looking glass and into a world depicted in warm watercolors, sepia-toned illustrations, and line drawings. Not a word of the original tale has been altered. The artwork echoes the whimsy of the language, clearly showing Alice's amusement at the antics of Tweedledum and Tweedledee, her frustration at the impossibility of slicing a Looking-glass cake, her affection for the gentle White Knight, and her exasperation when both the White and the Red Queen fall asleep snuggled against her. The large font and numerous illustrations, including many single- and double-page paintings, make this edition inviting for reading aloud or alone. The artwork has an engaging openness to it, and Alice comes across as a real child, making it easy for readers to imagine themselves exploring the wonders of this make-believe realm.–Joy Fleishhacker,School Library Journal
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LEWIS CARROLL is the pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898). He wrote ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND for the amusement of eleven-year-old Alice Liddell and her two sisters, who were the daughters of the dean of Christ Church College, Oxford, where Dodgson taught mathematics. The book was published in 1865, and its first companion volume, THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE, followed in 1871.

HELEN OXENBURY is one of today's foremost illustrators. She is the winner of England's Kate Greenaway Medal as well as many other important awards. In addition to ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, her books for Candlewick include BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD, FARMER DUCK, IT'S MY BIRTHDAY, and SO MUCH. She says, "I had no plans to illustrate ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS, but after reading it again for pure pleasure, I couldn't resist the temptation to try to bring to life the humorously eccentric characters that Carroll created."

From the Hardcover edition.

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