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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Reimagined in Beautiful Illustrations by Artist Andrea D’Aquino

“Begin at the beginning … and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

One July afternoon in 1862, Lewis Carroll dreamt up his Wonderland to entertain a real-life little girl named Alice on a long boat ride. Three years later, he published the story and it went on to become one of the greatest children’s books of all time. It is, to this day, my own favorite.

In the century and a half since Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations, generations of celebrated artists have reimagined the Carroll classic. Joining them is illustrator and art director Andrea D’Aquino with Classics Reimagined: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (public library) — a stunning collector’s edition celebrating the beloved book’s 150th anniversary.

D’Aquino’s beautiful fusion of watercolor and collage captures the story’s inherent interplay of gentleness and jolt. Beguiling typesetting honors Carroll’s love of language and wordplay. Bound with great thoughtfulness and respect for the sensorial satisfactions of a good book, the volume is a pleasure to hold and behold.

Classics Reimagined: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a fine addition to history’s loveliest illustrations of the Carroll masterpiece, is part of the same Rockport series that gave us that graphically daring take on The Wizard of Oz. Complement it with Carroll on alleviating our discomfort with change, his rules for feeding the mind, and his tips for overcoming creative block.

Illustrations courtesy of Rockport Publishers

Published September 16, 2015




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