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Duck Store's Literary Duck Celebrates Lewis Carroll's Unbirthday

01/25/2011 14:51 ● By Anonymous
What do you get when you bring together a precocious young girl, a punctual rabbit, a grinning cheshire cat, and an enigmatic Mad Hatter? It doesn't take a champion riddler to answer, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." The imaginative characters and scenes from this classic children's story have delighted readers for generations. Celebrating an unbirthday on January 27 is the book's author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pseudonym, Lewis Carroll.

Born in 1832, English author, mathematician, Anglican deacon, and photographer Lewis Carroll is best known for writing Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass, as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky." His works of literary nonsense are noted for their word play, logic, and fantasy. There are societies dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of the author's works and the investigation of his life in many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand, and Japan.

In celebration of the author's  birth date and wonderful works of literature, the Literary Duck Staff at the Duck Store shared some of their favorite children's editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. With beautiful illustrations and clever adaptations, these books are worth passing on to future generations.

alice-camille-rose-garciaAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland -- Lewis Carroll, with illustrations by Camille Rose Garcia

Since its publication in 1865, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has delighted the world with a wildly imaginative and unforgettable journey, inspiring children of all ages to suspend disbelief and follow Alice into her fantasy worlds. This new gift edition presents Carroll's tale fully unabridged with a unique visual interpretation by renowned artist Camille Rose Garcia. (blurb from publisher’s marketing)

alice-pop-upAlice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Pop-Up Adaptation

Sabuda brings Alice's world to life with breathtaking, three-dimensional images that are incredibly imaginative, intricately detailed, and perfectly executed. Carroll's text has been significantly abridged, and although some scenes are a bit choppy, the quickly paced narrative retains the flavor of the original. Sabuda's illustrations pay homage to John Tenniel's artwork, while providing a fresh look at the story and offering details that add greatly to the reading experience. The events unfold in six glorious spreads, each featuring a large pop-up and a narrow booklet that opens into several pages containing the text as well as additional pop-ups. The first scene depicts Alice and her sister on the riverbank, and the faces of several Wonderland characters are camouflaged among the background trees. A pull-up panel provides a "Victorian peep show" view of Alice falling down the rabbit hole. Throughout, shiny foils highlight items such as pots and pans, and felt adds textured detail to the Cheshire Cat and other fuzzy animals. A movable inset transforms the face of the Duchess's offspring from a baby's to a pig's. As a page is turned, a gardener raises his paintbrush and a piece of cellophane changes a white rose to red. In the final spread, a frightened Alice waves her arms beneath a delicate arch of cards. In addition to pulling off feats of paper engineering, the artist also manages to create compositions that provide an eye-pleasing balance of colors, shapes, and action. Much too delicate to circulate, libraries may still want to purchase this book for displays and just for showing off. (blurb from School Library Journal)

Coming Soon...February 2011 Release

alice-in-verseAlice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland

'The rumored 'lost rhymes' of Lewis Carroll are the inspiration behind Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland, a compilation of masterful poetry. While adding new and interesting elements, Holden has managed to keep the timeless appeal of the original works, allowing true fans to insatiably dig in. From the absurdity of the verse to the well-composed rhyme to the shrewd black-and-white illustrations, this book is certainly a literature lover's delight.' (The Children's Book Review)