It has been 150 years since Alice was first invented by Lewis Carroll but she is still one of our greatest children's characters - follow her down the rabbit hole and discover Wonderland!
CELEBRATE 150 YEARS OF ALICE
Oh my ears and whiskers, how late its getting!
Would you be surprised to see a white rabbit take a watch out of his waistcoat pocket? It certainly seems a remarkable sight to Alice and, full of curiosity, she follows him down a rabbit-hole into a very strange world. She meets a disappearing cat, plays croquet with a bad-tempered Queen, joins a mad Hatter's tea party and becomes entangled in the case of some missing tarts. In Wonderland nothing but out-of-the-way things happen...
Includes Through the Looking Glass.
BACKSTORY: Learn about the author and what inspired him to create Wonderland, and try writing some nonsense verse!
“Only Lewis Carroll has shown us the world upside down the way a child sees it, and has made us laugh as children laugh”
“Precise, dream-like, subversive”
Quentin Blake, Independent on Sunday
“The clue to the enduring fascination and greatness of the Alice books lies in language. . .. It is play, and word-play, and its endless intriguing puzzles continue to reveal themselves long after we have ceased to be children”
A. S. Byatt
“Without these two books in my childhood I doubt whether my imagination would have developed at all”
“"What is the use of a book" thought Alice "without pictures or conversation?" If you feel the same way, then you'll love Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It is full of good conversations. Alice talks to a pipe-smoking caterpillar and a mad hatter”
“So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this way...my 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!”
National Association for the Teaching of English