Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland By: Lewis Carroll Illustrated By: Robert Ingpen
One day, a young girl named Alice is sitting on the riverbank with her sister, when she sees a curious looking white rabbit. She soon after falls into the magical world of Wonderland, where she meets a series of strange creatures.
This is one of the books that’s been on my To Read list for a while. I’ve seen a few Wonderland movies/adaption’s so I didn’t feel a rush to read the source material. However, at a recent trip to Barnes and Noble, with my mother-in-law, we found this copy and it was so beautiful she had to buy it for me. So I decided to read it to my daughter. She’s only seventeen months old, but I wanted to have something that I could read out loud to her while she played. So every couple of days I read a chapter to her. She seemed to really like the pictures but couldn’t care less about the story, which is understandable for her age.
Story wise there were no surprises, everything was pretty weird, and I thought Carroll did an excellent job making me feel like I was in the dream of a child. The imagery was nice and random and occasionally I got bored. How long can you listen to someone tell you their dream? It was still a cute story.
Illustration wise I cannot recommend this edition enough. Robert Ingpen has done an amazing job bringing the story to life. The pictures are beautiful to look at and reflect the stories whimsical qualities. Love him!