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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass

(Alice's Adventures in Wonderland #1-2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  482,940 ratings  ·  11,392 reviews
"I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, sir," said Alice, "Because I'm not myself, you see."

When Alice sees a white rabbit take a watch out of its waistcoat pocket she decides to follow it, and a sequence of most unusual events is set in motion. This mini book contains the entire topsy-turvy stories of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, accompanie
Paperback, 239 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 1871)
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Debra Petersen (Queen of Historical Fiction) No, it's not. It's fairly Modern English. In fact, Shakespeare is Modern English because you can read it and still understand most if not all the mean…moreNo, it's not. It's fairly Modern English. In fact, Shakespeare is Modern English because you can read it and still understand most if not all the meaning. Middle English would be considered not modern because you have to study it to really comprehend it (before the great vowel movement and modern spelling), but Alice in Wonderland is more Modern English. Shakespeare (Elizabethan time period) and Alice in Wonderland (Victorian Children’s Literature) were written a few hundred years a part and therefore aren’t really comparable as far as modern dialect is concerned.(less)

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J.G. Keely
May 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I think that the failure not only of Children's Literature as a whole, but of our very concept of children and the child's mind is that we think it a crime to challenge and confront that mind. Children are first protected from their culture--kept remote and safe--and then they are thrust incongruously into a world that they have been told is unsafe and unsavory; and we expected them not to blanch.

It has been my policy that the best literature for children is not a trifling thing, not a simplific

It’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, plus Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, plus a ton of critical analysis and fun facts and biographical info and poetry and background and cultural and period information and bonus illustrations and basically all you need or could ever want to know, except if you’re me and your love for and curiosity about Alice and Lewis Carroll and Wonderland will never be satiated.

And also it’s about a square yard and the font is t
Henry Avila
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dreams , figments of the wondrous mind, what things can it create...A little girl named Alice, 7 with her big sister a few years older, sitting on the banks of the gentle river Thames, on a calm , warm sunny day, in 1862 how delightful , still she is bored watching her sibling read a book, not paying any attention to her, with no pictures, imagine that... getting sleepy...Out of nowhere a nervous White Rabbit dashes by Alice, no big deal even though it has clothes on, not thinking it peculiar wh ...more
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another reread for me, and what a pleasure it was to reconnect with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/ Through the Looking Glass. Many years since I read this but it still raises a smile!
“Once she remembered trying to box her own ears for having cheated herself in a game of croquet she was playing against herself, for this curious child was very fond of pretending to be two people.”

If I ever had to choose to be another literary person than my beloved soulmate Don Quixote, it would have to be Alice in Wonderland. Why would I need to be another character than the one and only Don? Well, it is good to have a backup if you are asked to come to a masquerade as a favourite book charac
Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, fantasy
Many questions arose both around Carroll´s alleged drug consumption and mental state of the author and besides himself, nobody will ever know. But it has been used to argue for pro drug consumption by hippies, for damnation by all of their political opponents and as part of the myth how authors find inspirations.

The idea of how the mental state of a writer, or artist in general, influences her/his works is even more fascinating, because the thin line between sane imagination and creativity and
Ahmad Sharabiani
868. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland #1-2), Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) is a novel by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865). Set some six months later than the earlier book, Alice again enters a fantastical world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond it. Through the Looking-Glass includes su
Curiouser and curiouser edition!

This is the annotated edition, collecting both novels in the Alice book series: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice found There”.


Begin at the beginning…

This was technically a re-reading since I’ve already read both novels previously, the key difference here was that this is an “annotated” edition, which includes a comprehensive section, at the end of each chapter, with tons of notes reveali
This is a weird one. The more I read the more I'm okay with the weirdness. Does that say something about me? I thought at first I wouldn't read it to my kids because it's too strange, but I'm thinking now I might. They just might like it. We'll see how it ends. Am I lame that I've never read this before?

Okay, done with them both. Alice in Wonderland was okay. Still weird. Weird and I didn't understand it. Through the Looking Glass took weird to a whole new level. A bad level. The whole time I w
Read both as a child, and again as an adult. Loved and appreciated it then; love and appreciate it now.

A book everyone should read at least once, and one that I hope children are still reading today.
Paul Bryant
Sep 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Then Alice saw a large wall in the middle distance. Someone was sitting on the top of it. When Alice had come within a few yards of it, she saw that the thing sitting on the wall had eyes and a nose and mouth and a large pile of golden hair; and when she had come very close, she saw clearly that it was TRUMPTY DUMPTY himself. "It must be him because that’s what is written on his baseball cap," she said to herself. He was already speaking to her.

“They said I wouldn’t build the wall and I built t
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to HarperDesign for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

the best part are all the interactive illustrations

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JV (semi-hiatus)
What a bunch of codswallop! Trying to find something rational in these bizarre characters and perplexing adventures will result in one's disappointment, and indeed, you will find none of it. For if you were to put logical reasoning into the picture, you'll need heaps of Ibuprofen to pacify that throbbing headache of yours, which I did on my first day of reading Alice's adventures. By the second day, I've decided to throw out the logical and embrace lunacy for Pete's sake. It was better and made ...more
And causing unpleasant dreams for young children for over 150 years now.
Joey Woolfardis
“But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here.”

150 years ago, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson welcomed a new Dean to Christ Church College, Oxford, along with his family, including the three daughters, Lorina, Edith and Alice. Charles had been writing prose and poetry since a very young age, but it was young Ali
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-preteen
I was noticing a new friend’s book shelf and how he likes children’s books just as I do. He had read Alice in Wonderland. I had read it as a child. I ask myself: Did I really like that book back then? Was it just given to me and that was all I had to read? Did my mother pick my books? And why were they always a certain kind of book, like Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz? Why were they not Robinson and Crusoe and Treasure Island?

I can’t imagine liking these books now. I don’t like fantasy except
Jason Koivu
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it
People love this. Not me. Does that mean I'm not people?

Usually I like scatterbrained, nonsensical stuff and that's probably my problem: I don't get the references. At least some of the wild and crazy antics seem to happen to prove a point about the ridiculousness of some or other quirky British convention. So maybe all the wacky shit that goes down in Alice in Wonderland has a deeply satirical basis? I must give Carroll his due, the satire that I did get I enjoyed. However, for me much of this
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
I don't get it.. I just don't get it.
I went into this story ready to fall in love! Ready to buy all of the merch upon finishing this story that's loved by so many but here I am, sulking. Disappointed. I guess this story just goes completely against my nature. There's no logical reason for anything that happens and that frustrated me beyond belief. Every conversation was so exhausting to read. I literally had to take ibuprofen every time I was finished reading for the night because my god, the he
Sep 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Randomness GALORE...! ...& yet, ISN'T THAT the reason the Disney tale is such a part of my early formative years?

Obviously, the Disney film is a combination of both books. As Alice wakes in the first book from her wacky adventures that all but defies psychoanalysis, her sister dreams about her sister dreaming. The second volume, as Alice is brought back to "waking life" from the Looking-glass House, she realizes that one of her feline pals has dreamt HER adventure. This last revelation, of being
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What kind of drug-addled haze was he on? I mean, sure, the author was a respected mathematician and all... OH, WAIT! Nevermind.

The only thing that I can't quite wrap my head around is the fact he focused mostly on geometry. And he didn't live during the times of quantum theory.

Of course, if he had been dealing with the quantum nightmare, Dodgson's Alice would read more like a cat that was both alive and dead at the same time rather than that grinning ghostly monstrosity. And mercury in hats woul
"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

Once upon a time I had a very handsome edition of this in two volumes in a red slipcase, I gave it away, I have vague memories of having had a very cheap paperback edition too but rereading I found an old copy of my mother's which comes with explanatory notes drawn from The Annotated Alice. These explanations are j
Olive Fellows (abookolive)
My husband put it perfectly when he called this "David Lynch for kids." 🤣 I talked about my first time reading this book in a Booktube video! ...more
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: For the "Curiouser and curiouser"
Shelves: read-in-2015
“We're all mad here.”

In a journey through these two magical little stories, you will find:
a Charming World,
a Curious little girl,
whimsical characters
and a lot of


And that's its appeal.

Story 1- Alice's Adventures In Wonderland : 5 Stars

In short: Alice falls through a rabbit hole and lands in Wonderland. Strange shit happens.

I was suprised at how much I adored this book. I just started reading it and I couldn't stop. Even though you could say I'm way too old for it, you are never rea
Shirley Revill
One of my favourite books and still loved by my Grandchildren today. Pure nostalgia.
The IT Engineer's Lad

What is it inside this internet, I asked the young lad,
The computer expert replied,
Why Ma'am, it's web servers and routers,
And connections between computers,
That cannot ever be fried.

What lies on those servers then, I asked the young lad,
The boy gazing up now replied,
Oh Ma'am, blogs and e-mail, at night porn and streams,
Zombies and splatter and car chasing dreams,
What wonders out there can be spied?

Is your work very unbearable, I asked the young lad,
Most times, Ma'am, it is,
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Read this edition all Alice fans must. Because I said so and stuff.

P.S. (view spoiler)
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Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We're all a little mad here.

This is one of THE children's classics that almost everyone on this planet knows or has at least heard of. There are numerous adaptations for the screen (small and large) but, as usual, the book is best.

The story is that of young Alice, following White Rabbit into a rabbit hole and thus landing in Wonderland. There, she encounters the Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, Mad Hatter and a host of other characters - all full of silliness - before returning to h
M. D.  Hudson
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
For decades I’d figured that since I can sing along to Jefferson Airplane’s song “White Rabbit” that I didn’t have to read the book. But I decided to do so and am glad I did, although I could not ever find where the dormouse said “Feed your head.” Mostly, the dormouse just slept. This book is really, really weird, even after 145 years, bowdlerization by Disney, appropriation by the hippies, and general over-familiarization. Good book, and it contains one of my favorite poems:

Twinkle, twinkle li
Tenniel is usually held up as the perfect illustrator for Alice, but, fond as I am of his drawings, I do love these rather quirkier Peake illustrations.

Some day I'll have to get around to reviewing the actual words. ;)
Kimberley doruyter
one of my all time favorite books, so the re-read was a pleasure as always.
but this barnes and noble edit made it even better with the beautiful colour pics and the book looks really pretty on my shelf.
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The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman and photographer.

His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all considered to be within the genre of literary nonsense.


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