Monday, January 23, 2012

An Abundance of Alices

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll
illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev
(Simply Read Books, 2003)
(Revised Edition, 2012)
"What's the use of a book," thinks Alice, "without pictures and conversation?" And what other books reveal the talents of an illustrator in quite the way that the Alice in Wonderland books do?

This is the cover of illustrator Iassen Ghiuselev's take on Alice and I must say, I am smitten--and a little vertiginous. See and learn more on his website. You will not regret clicking that link, I think.

I (this is Carol, by the way) just ordered a copy for myself through my local indie and let me just say, I cannot believe I missed this one the first time around.

Next we have a few other versions, some almost as delicious, some questionable. It's interesting to see how Alice grows and shrinks in age on these covers. How very Alice, indeed.

Tell us in the comments which version(s) you own.


by the legendary Arthur Rackham
(Chronicle, 2002)
by Helen Oxenbury, ditto on the legendary
(Candlewick, 1999) 
by Camille Rose Garcia
Collins Design, 2010 
by Robert Ingpen
(Sterling, 2009) 
A Penguin version (2010), or should
I say, a flamingo version?
Using the original, and awesome,
illustrations by John Tenniel
(HarperCollins, 1992)
This is the copy I own.

Espanol! Alicia en el Pais de las Maravillas:

by Marta Gomez-Pintado
(Nordica Libros, 2009)
by Rebecca Dautremer
(Luis Vives Editorial, 2011)

Can you stand some rather unfortunate pop-up versions?

by J. Otto Seibold
(Orchard, 2003)
by Harriet Castor
(Barron's, 2010)
There are scads of other versions available. Scads, I say! Which versions speak to you?


  1. I can't believe the range in covers. Who is the real Alice? Love the Alicia cover. Stunning.

    1. I think the "real" Alice was just five when Lewis Carroll knew her. Not sure, but if so some of these Alices are quite mature.