Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

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Carroll's most beloved fantasies appear here in full, unabridged form, accompanied by 85 vintage illustrations by John Tenniel from the original 1865 and 1872 editions. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland chronicles the events that follow after Alice chases a White Rabbit dressed in a waistcoat down a rabbit hole and into the fantastic kingdom of Wonderland. Here, Alice meets creatures armed with uncanny and often bewildering logic, from the hookah-smoking caterpillar to the grinning Cheshire Cat; all the way to the delightfully zany mad Hatter and the melancholy Mock Turtle. As she winds her way through Wonderland, encountering poetry and wordplay galore, Alice crosses paths with the terrible Queen of Hearts and wonders if and how she will ever get home. In the sequel, Through the Looking Glass, Alice escapes from her mundane existence at home and enters again into a world of wonder. Immediately she becomes a Pawn for the White Queen in a colossal chess match! As Alice races to the Eighth Square to be crowned Queen herself, she is helped and hindered by a variety of colorful characters. She meets quarrelsome brothers Tweedledee and Tweedledum, tangles with talking flowers and bizarre insects, and is aided by Humpty Dumpty in solving the mystery surrounding the dreaded Jabberwocky. Ultimately, Alice is sped on her way by the eccentric White Knight, only to find herself the guest of honor at a coronation party that quickly becomes too much to handle.

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That Alice. When she's not traipsing after a rabbit into Wonderland, she's gallivanting off into the topsy-turvy world behind the drawing-room looking glass. In Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll's masterful and zany sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, she makes more eccentric acquaintances, including Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the White Queen, and a somewhat grumpy Humpty Dumpty. Through a giant and elaborate chess game, Alice explores this odd country, where one must eat dry biscuits to quench thirst, and run like the wind to stay in one place. As in life, Alice must stay on her toes to learn the rules of this game. Through the Looking Glass immediately took its rightful place beside its partner on the shelf of eternal classics. And luckily for generations of enraptured children, Carroll was again able to persuade John Tenniel to create the fantastic woodblock engravings that have become so indelibly associated with the Alice stories. For almost 130 years, Alice's curious adventures have amused, perplexed, and delighted readers, young and old. This gorgeous, deluxe boxed set of both volumes contains engravings from Tenniel's original woodblocks that were discovered in a London bank in 1985, and reproduced for the first time here. "'What is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures?'" What indeed? (All ages)

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