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By Lewis Carroll

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
By Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by Sir John Tenniel
Dover Large Print Classics, (2001)
ISBN: 0-486-41933-9
Genre: Fiction, English Literature

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - July 19, 2002

Everyone knows the story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but have you actually read it? I had always thought that I had - that is until I actually did! "Wait" you say, "What's going on here?" Simply put, as a child I had the story read to me. As I grew older, I saw various movies and stage productions of this wonderful tale - but strangely, I never sat down with a copy of the book and read it myself, because I already knew the story by heart. If you are like I was, you have short changed yourself. Knowing the stories surrounding Alice's is one thing, but actually reading them as Lewis Carroll wrote them is another kettle of fish!

If by some chance you've never met Alice, in any medium, here's a brief run down of the book...

Alice is a little girl who got bored one day, when suddenly a giant white rabbit hops by, looks at his pocket watch, and cries, "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!" and hops down a rabbit hole. Being inquisitive, Alice follows this unusual rabbit and finds herself in a land of talking animals, angry playing cards, and other fanciful creatures. Although written for children, this book will also fascinate adults. Not only for its vibrant prose and imaginative story, but also because adults can have the added fun of trying to discern if Carroll left any hidden messages in the story. Or if it was all a parody or satire, and if so, of what?.

First published in 1865, it was quickly followed with two sequels, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. Unlike most Victorian children's novels, these books are not morality tales. Rather they are feats of imagination that, do, along the way, teach some practical lessons like caution, patience, and don't believe everything you see or hear!

This Dover large print edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland meets the standards set forth by the National Association for Visually Handicapped for large print books. As well, this is an unabridged republication of the standard edition, and it includes all the illustrations by Sir John Tenniel that graced the original edition.


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