Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland : Templar Classics

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Lewis Carroll's original, experimental classic is one of the greatest works of children's literature. In this volume, we see that amazing world, through the eyes of award-winning artist Robert Ingpen.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 200 x 246 x 32mm | 997.9g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • chiefly col. Illustrations
  • 1840119683
  • 9781840119688
  • 51,228

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A pensive, titian-haired Alice trips down the rabbit hole in this adaptation that pairs the classic story with gracefully expressive illustrations. Ingpen's detailed visions of the menagerie of creatures Alice meets lend them anthropomorphic qualities while remaining anatomically precise. The Cheshire cat, who peers out at Alice from a crowd of leaves with a milk-tooth smile, does so with kittenish serenity. The infamous tea-party is a cozy affair with intimate soft-focus portraits in pencil of the sleepy dormouse, hare (who dips his watch into his cup of tea) and the rather bleary Mad Hatter, whose pencil-drawn sidewise glances suggest it's all dreamy good fun. A lovely and faithful interpretation. Ages 10-up. * Publishers Weekly * Australian artist Robert Ingpen adds to the growing list of children's classics for which he has provided sumptuous new illustrations." * Waterstones * You may be wondering why I'm reviewing such a time-honoured and well-known children's story as Alice in Wonderland, and the answer is the illustrator.
Robert Ingpen is an Australian who has variously designed, written and illustrated over 100 books, and this volume is one in a series of classic children's books illustrated by him.
The colours Ingpen uses are muted and soft, giving a very slight and pleasing fuzziness to the images, and the pages are palely tinted to one degree or another. Sometimes these tints key in with the part of the story concerned and play a part in the pictures, so that the pool of tears pages are a wash of greenish blue, whilst the Lobster Quadrille is performed against a backdrop of aquamarine and sandy orange. These muted colours give something of a dream-like quality overall which of course ties in with the story.
Ingpen's Alice is a very real girl with auburn hair (though she is wearing a pale blue dress and white apron that hark back to some of her earlier incarnations), and is obviously very lively and engaging. Ingpen is also very good at animals, and young readers should be able to spot their favourites: the Caucus-race alone includes (besides the Dodo of course) a snail, a squirrel, a lobster and various lizards, a spoonbill, a puffin, and a good number of other types of bird.
This is a very nicely produced edition of 'Alice' that can reasonably be seen as an indicator of the quality of the other volumes in Templar's series of children's classics with pictures by Robert Ingpen. They include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Christmas Carol, Kipling's Just So Stories, The Owl and the Pussycat and other rhymes, Peter Pan and Wendy and The Wind in the Willows. For those new to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, there is a short introduction to the book and its author by Russell Ash at the back of this volume, along with a short note by the illustrator.
If you've been thinking that you really need a copy of Alice for home or the nursery, then this is definitely a good one to go for. -- Philip Davies * Montessori International * Many illustrators have tackled visualising Lewis Carroll's fantastic imaginative flights in Alice in Wonderland and now Robert Ingpen brings his superb drawings to the imaging. Throughout this full-colour edition toning is muted and atmospheric and the subtle expressiveness of this chubby faced Alice proceeds through the many trials with aplomb. The weirdness, the numerous creatures and the familiar scenes are given fresh treatment but with an overall feel of modernity brought to a rich book from times past. An essay by Russell Ash and reproductions of a couple of facsimile pages of the first, handwritten and drawn, version add to the interest. This is a heavy, sturdily boarded, book in keeping with others in the series of classics pictured by Ingpen and published by Templar at GBP14.99 * The SL 58-1 * "Words cannot really do justice to the quality of the illustrations in this book, each individual illustration is like a mini piece of art. The detail is superb, exquisitely illustrated, this is a very special book designated to stay in families to treasure forever. We all loved this here at Hot Brands! Highly Recommended! * Hot Brands Verdict * This beautiful new edition brings together Carroll's complete and unabridged classic story with more than seventy remarkable illustrations by award-winning artist Robert Ingpen. New readers and devoted fans alike will enjoy exploring Carroll's Wonderland in this sumptuous volume. * HOT BRANDS COOL PLACES * ...with over 70 illustrations, it is quite an incredible collection of artwork. Ingpen's style gives a fuzzy-like quality to each scene and this is emphasised by the muted colours he uses. Without being exactly dark, the artwork leaves the reader with a feeling of having been in a very odd dream, which of course is perfectly fitting for the story. This is emphasised also by the parchment-colour background of the pages, and the use of pencil sketches as well as full colour illustrations, which almost mimics coming in and out of consciousness. This is a lovely gift edition which might be more appreciated by slightly older readers. -- Melanie McGilloway * * A lovely classic gift edition with illustrations by Robert Ingpen. One to treasure. -- Helen Boyle * WRD magazine *
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About Lewis Carroll

Robert Ingpen was born in 1936 in Geelong, Australia. He studied illustration art and book design at The Royal Melbourne Institue of Technology. In 1986 he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his contribution to children's literature and he has been honoured with Membership of the Order of Australia. A world-renowned artist and author, Ingpen has designed, illustrated and written more than one hundred books. His work includes his highly acclaimed series of illustrated children's classics, a unique achievement by one illustrator, which have now been published in many editions around the world. Robert now lives and works in Barwon Heads, Australia, near his hometown of Geelong.
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