This new take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, one of the most celebrated children’s books of all time written by Lewis Carroll, will surely delight and captivate as it breathes new life into a beloved classic.
The unique aspect of this book, which has the entire original text, is that the illustrations are not just from one artist as would typically be the case. Instead they are gathered from many 19th and 20th century illustrators, which adds a lovely element of seeing varied interpretations. The work of the original illustrator, John Tenniel, will perhaps seem most familiar, but it also includes the celebrated work of over 30 other artists.
Every illustrator envisions Alice differently and creates a unique version of the wondrous world she discovers after tumbling down the rabbit hole. This imaginative, interwoven tapestry of vintage illustrations will be greatly enjoyed by children, because each page has something new, while adults will be able to compare and consider the pictures in terms of art history and visual representation. It is also a beautiful comment on the way that every reader imagines a character differently. For example, the Chesire cat illustration by Maria Kirk looks like an innocent and sweet 1950’s era children’s book while the intriguing black and white etching by Harry Furniss feels more mysterious and modern, capturing a very different feeling about one of the most memorable encounters in the book.
As Alice thinks to herself in the beginning, “what is the use of a book without pictures or conversations?” This, then, seems a fitting tribute to Alice’s thought, in which the pictures from different illustrators are themselves a conversation and constant re-imagining of this beloved classic.