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How is this book unique? 15 Illustrations Tablet and e-reader formatted Original & Unabridged Edition Best fiction books of all time One of the best books to read Classic Bestselling Novel Short Biography is also included Classic historical fiction books Bestselling Fiction Alice's Adventures Underground (com How is this book unique? 15 Illustrations Tablet and e-reader formatted Original & Unabridged Edition Best fiction books of all time One of the best books to read Classic Bestselling Novel Short Biography is also included Classic historical fiction books Bestselling Fiction Alice's Adventures Underground (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures The horrified Rabbit orders his gardener Alice's sister wakes her up from a dream.


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How is this book unique? 15 Illustrations Tablet and e-reader formatted Original & Unabridged Edition Best fiction books of all time One of the best books to read Classic Bestselling Novel Short Biography is also included Classic historical fiction books Bestselling Fiction Alice's Adventures Underground (com How is this book unique? 15 Illustrations Tablet and e-reader formatted Original & Unabridged Edition Best fiction books of all time One of the best books to read Classic Bestselling Novel Short Biography is also included Classic historical fiction books Bestselling Fiction Alice's Adventures Underground (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures The horrified Rabbit orders his gardener Alice's sister wakes her up from a dream.

30 review for Alice's Adventures Underground: By Lewis Carroll : Illustrated

  1. 5 out of 5

    emma

    did you know there are versions of this book you can read IN LEWIS CARROLL'S HANDWRITING? unrelatedly, my life has just peaked ------------ This book is a half-baked, unfinished, not-intended-for-publishing version of a now-existing book, and guess what? It’s still fantastic. Your fave could, simply put, never. Alice’s Adventures Under Ground is mainly impressive for what it had been - a story Charles Dodgson made up on the spot while rowing a boat, in an unparalleled feat of multitasking - and what did you know there are versions of this book you can read IN LEWIS CARROLL'S HANDWRITING? unrelatedly, my life has just peaked ------------ This book is a half-baked, unfinished, not-intended-for-publishing version of a now-existing book, and guess what? It’s still fantastic. Your fave could, simply put, never. Alice’s Adventures Under Ground is mainly impressive for what it had been - a story Charles Dodgson made up on the spot while rowing a boat, in an unparalleled feat of multitasking - and what it will become. What it will become, obviously, is not only Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (inarguably one of the greatest children’s classics of all time, and that’s not even just me playing favorites) but DOUBLE THE LENGTH. Dodgson never intended to publish this book!!! He just told Alice Liddell a story, Alice was like “hey that was an especially good story, can you write it out for me?” Dodgson is like ya sure give me a few months, I’ll do 37 pen drawings, and...here you go here’s a manuscript merry Christmas even though it’s November. Smash cut to: the Liddells use that sh*t as a coffee table book because who wouldn’t, all their guests read it because who wouldn’t, and everybody tells Dodgson to publish it because who wouldn’t. But at first he didn’t intend to! And then once he gave in, he just...doubled the length. HOW DOES YOUR MIND WORK LIKE THAT!!! This has less nonsense and wonder and whimsy and complicated quasi-logic in it than the book we all know, but that really just shows that Carroll’s mind was able to just COME UP WITH THAT. He just added poems and songs and the Mad Hatter and March Hare and Dormouse and their mad tea party and the Cheshire Cat and the Duchess and the baby who turns into a pig and a bunch of other things and made a masterpiece. And really, that’s more impressive than if it could be found here, too. Again I will say: Your. Fave. Could. Never. Bottom line: I could live a thousand years and read a million books and never love any of them like I love Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. --------- i honestly think i could live a thousand years and not find anything i love as much as Alice and Wonderland. review to come --------- i literally scream from the rooftops that Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is my favorite book and i am only just now reading this for the first time. who am i. (shoutout to my roommate for knowing me better than anyone and getting me the best gift ever) (read: this book)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kimley

    This is the real Alice as photographed by Lewis Carroll back in the 1860s: I suspect Humbert Humbert would approve... Unsubstantiated rumors aside, this is a wonderful replica of the original book that Carroll hand wrote and illustrated himself as a gift for the young Alice. You can see the original manuscript at the British Library which has been a highlight of all my trips to London. Hopefully they've cleaned up the drool I left on the glass case when I was last there ogling it. This book is only This is the real Alice as photographed by Lewis Carroll back in the 1860s: I suspect Humbert Humbert would approve... Unsubstantiated rumors aside, this is a wonderful replica of the original book that Carroll hand wrote and illustrated himself as a gift for the young Alice. You can see the original manuscript at the British Library which has been a highlight of all my trips to London. Hopefully they've cleaned up the drool I left on the glass case when I was last there ogling it. This book is only about half the length of the eventually published version that is beloved by so many but it's clear already why everyone encouraged him to go ahead and get it out there for the general public. Most of what is here is in the final version with only a few minor changes and several significant additional adventures added. The Mad Hatter, the Duchess and the Cheshire Cat are notably absent from this early version but the general framework of the story is firmly in place. Carroll's illustrations are amateurish however they still possess a charm all their own. This book is a must for the serious Alice fan and stands completely on its own even if you haven't read the "official" version. And seriously, if you haven't read the official version then get to it my friend, NOW! If Carroll had given me a book like this when I was little, I would have let him take my picture...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    Do not get confused that this one is a pre-sequel or something. It's not. It's the same story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    Fall into a strange world underground. Talking rabbits wearing waistcoats are only the start of Alice's adventures Few things indeed were really impossible She came to a low curtain, behind which was a door about eighteen inches high: she tried the little key in the keyhole, and it fitted! Alice opened the door, and looked down a small passage, not larger than a rat-hole, into the loveliest garden you ever say. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright Fall into a strange world underground. Talking rabbits wearing waistcoats are only the start of Alice's adventures Few things indeed were really impossible She came to a low curtain, behind which was a door about eighteen inches high: she tried the little key in the keyhole, and it fitted! Alice opened the door, and looked down a small passage, not larger than a rat-hole, into the loveliest garden you ever say. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not even get her head through the doorway, "and even if my head would go through", thought poor Alice, "it would be very little use without my shoulders. Oh, how I wish I could shut up like a telescope! I think I could, if I only knew how to begin." For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice began to think very few things indeed were really impossible. "Drink me". Why not? She went back to the table, half hoping she might find another key on it, or at any rate a book of rules for shutting up people like telescopes: this time there was a little bottle on it--" which certainly was not there before" said Alice--and tied round the neck of the bottle was a paper label with the words beautifully printed on it in large letters. It was all very well to say "drink me", "but I'll look first," said the wise little Alice, "and see whether the bottle's marked "poison" or not," for Alice had read several nice little stories about children that got burnt, and eaten up by wild beasts, and other unpleasant things, because they would not remember the simple rules their friends had given them, such as, that, if you get into the fire, it will burn you, and that, if you cut your finger very deeply with a knife, it generally bleeds, and she had never forgotten that, if you drink a bottle marked "poison", it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later. However, this bottle was not marked poison, so Alice tasted it, and finding it very nice, (it had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavour of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffy, and hot buttered toast,) she very soon finished it off. "What a curious feeling!" said Alice, "I must be shutting up like a telescope." It was so indeed: she was not only ten inches high, and her face brightened up as it occurred to her that she was now the right size for going through the little door into that lovely garden. First, however, she waited for a few minutes to see whether she was going to shrink any further: she felt a little nervous about this, "for it might end, you know," said Alice to herself, "in my going out altogether, like a candle, and what should I be like then, I wonder?" and she tried to fancy what the flame of a candle is like after the candle is blown out, for she could not remember having ever seen one. However, nothing more happened, so she decided on going into the garden at once, but, alas for poor Alice! when she got to the door, she found she had forgotten the little golden key, and when she went back to the table for the key, she found she could not possibly reach it: she could see it plainly enough through the glass, and she tried her best to climb up one of the legs of the table, but it was too slippery, and when she had tired herself out with trying, the poor little thing sat down and cried. Sound bite "Curiouser and curiouser!" cried Alice, (she was so surprised that she quite forgot how to speak good English,) "now I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Goodbye, feet!" "Who are you?" There was a large mushroom near her, about the same height as herself, and when she had looked under it, and on both sides of it, and behind it, it occurred to her to look and see what was on the top of it. She stretched herself up on tiptoe, and peeped over the edge of the mushroom, and her eyes immediately met those of a large blue caterpillar, which was sitting with its arms folded, quietly smoking a long hookah, and taking not the least notice of her or of anything else. For some time they looked at each other in silence: at last the caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and languidly addressed her. "Who are you?" said the caterpillar. You will meet the most outlandish creatures through the eyes of Alice. Enjoy!

  5. 5 out of 5

    ~Bookishly

    Alice in wonderland is one of my favourite stories. I loved it as a child, and I still love it now. In fact, I think I appreciate it even more as an adult. This book is an anniversary edition of the original manuscript. It is a great deal simpler than the version everybody knows. It is missing some rather significant scenes, such as The mad hatters tea party, and meeting the Cheshire cat. That actually, is probably one of my favourite scenes. Every time I reread Alice in wonderland, I find it more Alice in wonderland is one of my favourite stories. I loved it as a child, and I still love it now. In fact, I think I appreciate it even more as an adult. This book is an anniversary edition of the original manuscript. It is a great deal simpler than the version everybody knows. It is missing some rather significant scenes, such as The mad hatters tea party, and meeting the Cheshire cat. That actually, is probably one of my favourite scenes. Every time I reread Alice in wonderland, I find it more absurd and nonsensical each time. I'm not sure whether that's anything to do with my age, but, I do know that this captivating story will have my heart forever.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tosh

    Exact reproduction of the book given to Alice by Lewis Carroll. What we have here is an early version of 'Alice in the Wonderland' with illustrations by the author. A very beautiful book by a unique genius. There is always the question of what Carroll's desires lie with respect to young Alice - but the truth is Carroll is a brilliant mind that wrote literature that is superb in every corner of the mind - the light and the dark. This book would make a great gift. To that special someone.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dawnie

    Super strange, defiantly not something that i personally see as anything necessary at all, but i do see why some people might love this story, and i do see the potential for it as a beautiful illustrated picture book. I am sure that adds another layer to it that makes the story that much more enjoyable.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tommie

    This particular book is one of my favorite possessions. Alice in Wonderland was my favorite story growing up. This book has photos of the "real" Alice, the little girl for whom Carroll wrote his stories. It is also a reproduction of his original stories, in his handwriting, exactly the same as what he gave to Alice as a final gift. My mother purchased it for me before she passed away which makes it even more special. A beautiful copy of a beloved story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    DJ

    The original, shorter version of Alice in Wonderland that Lewis Carroll wrote for his friends, before expanding it for publication.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aishwarya

    The original manuscript of Alice is pretty much Alice minus almost all the things I love about Alice. The Cheshire Cat doesn't figure in the letters. Neither do the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Duchess or the Dormouse. Babies don't turn into pigs, the cook doesn't set everyone sneezing and one of my favorite lines "We're all mad here" doesn't exist in this universe. But it isn't all bad. The Mock Turtle might not talk about Drawling or Fainting in coils but he does sing "Soop of the e-evening The original manuscript of Alice is pretty much Alice minus almost all the things I love about Alice. The Cheshire Cat doesn't figure in the letters. Neither do the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Duchess or the Dormouse. Babies don't turn into pigs, the cook doesn't set everyone sneezing and one of my favorite lines "We're all mad here" doesn't exist in this universe. But it isn't all bad. The Mock Turtle might not talk about Drawling or Fainting in coils but he does sing "Soop of the e-evening! Beautiful Soup!". The trial might not include the delightful antics of the King ("Start at the beginning, go on till the end and then stop.") or the jurors or the suppression of guinea pigs but the book did have the mouse singing a different song (a more delightful one, in my opinion) and beautiful illustrations for Old Father William. Not to mention that it was also nice to find that a lot of the wonderful prose Lewis Carroll originally penned in his letters made it to the published book. My admiration for him has only increased greatly. I'd forgotten how much I love descriptions like these: "Write that down," the King said to the jury; and the jury eagerly wrote down all three dates on their slates, and then added them up, and reduced the answer to shilling and pence. It helped me realize how much I love Alice and made me read it (the published version) again. That's always a plus in my book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    leynes

    This wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. This is basically the ur-text of Alice Adventures in Wonderland and boy am I happy that Carroll revised it because all the good rhymes and funny puns are not in the ur-text. Don't get me wrong I think for a first draft this is actually terrific work because the idea behind the story is quite clever and sooo original and it's also really nice that he just made that story up for the real little Alice - but reading a first draft is always a little weird and This wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. This is basically the ur-text of Alice Adventures in Wonderland and boy am I happy that Carroll revised it because all the good rhymes and funny puns are not in the ur-text. Don't get me wrong I think for a first draft this is actually terrific work because the idea behind the story is quite clever and sooo original and it's also really nice that he just made that story up for the real little Alice - but reading a first draft is always a little weird and not as satisfying as the last version. Also Carroll gets bonus points because his handwriting is just beautiful and neat af

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    [ENG] The first draft that would become Wonderland, I expected something more different. It's just an extremely summarized version of the book we know, same dialogue and descriptions included, with only minor details that are different. A nice curiosity to include in a book with all of Carroll's work, but not a book I would get by its own. At least the illustrations are all new, and there are some letters by the author included at the end as well. [ESP] El primer borrador de lo que se volvería En [ENG] The first draft that would become Wonderland, I expected something more different. It's just an extremely summarized version of the book we know, same dialogue and descriptions included, with only minor details that are different. A nice curiosity to include in a book with all of Carroll's work, but not a book I would get by its own. At least the illustrations are all new, and there are some letters by the author included at the end as well. [ESP] El primer borrador de lo que se volvería En El País De Las Maravillas, esperaba algo más distinto. Es tan solo una versión extremadamente resumida del libro que conocemos, incluyendo mismo diálogo y descripciones, con solo un par de detalles que son distintos. Una bonita curiosidad para incluir en una copilación de los trabajos de Carroll, pero no algo para que sea libro propio. Al menos las ilustraciones son nuevas, y al final también se incluyen algunas cartas del autor.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Boyd

    I never read the other adventures of Alice. Nice children's book and a good read. Recommended

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Kingston

    I wanted to read one of my many copies of Alice in Wonderland in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the novel, and on the final day of 2015, I remembered that goal and sat down with the facsimile of the original manuscript for the book that became Alice. It's a lot of fun to see where the version which we are all so familiar with came from, and it's hard not to get a little thrill when you see the familiar words set down in the author's own hand. As a first draft, it of course does lack som I wanted to read one of my many copies of Alice in Wonderland in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the novel, and on the final day of 2015, I remembered that goal and sat down with the facsimile of the original manuscript for the book that became Alice. It's a lot of fun to see where the version which we are all so familiar with came from, and it's hard not to get a little thrill when you see the familiar words set down in the author's own hand. As a first draft, it of course does lack some of the fine tuning in the final version of the book, but it's wonderful to see the formative stages of something so memorable.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    If you are a fan of amazing books, fantastic illustrations, and just happiness in general then please pick up a copy of Alice's Adventures Underground. Even if it's just to use as decoration, I can promise you it will be a fantastic investment. READ MY FULL REVIEW HERE: https://frumiousreadsbooks.wordpress.... Subscribe to me on YouTube! youtube.com/c/Frumious If you are a fan of amazing books, fantastic illustrations, and just happiness in general then please pick up a copy of Alice's Adventures Underground. Even if it's just to use as decoration, I can promise you it will be a fantastic investment. READ MY FULL REVIEW HERE: https://frumiousreadsbooks.wordpress.... Subscribe to me on YouTube! youtube.com/c/Frumious

  16. 4 out of 5

    J

    First of all for all the reviews I glimpsed at I cannot understand why so many are wanting to prove that they know the full name of the little girl behind it and why they felt it important to include her in each and every review. As a result you can look at those reviews if you want to know who she was. To begin with I find the introduction very interesting, especially as we purchased the manuscript so just so we could present it back to the English. Sticking with the strange and even stranger First of all for all the reviews I glimpsed at I cannot understand why so many are wanting to prove that they know the full name of the little girl behind it and why they felt it important to include her in each and every review. As a result you can look at those reviews if you want to know who she was. To begin with I find the introduction very interesting, especially as we purchased the manuscript so just so we could present it back to the English. Sticking with the strange and even stranger aspects it fits the profile of the story itself in its own weird aspect. As for the book it is nice to be able to see the beautiful penmanship since so many samples have been lost over the years of other famous people. It reminds us just how much the written word was so important that it was actually much more legible than many samples we have nowadays. Also to see the sketchings he made also helped to add to the book by giving Carroll back his own artistic licensing, especially when the Disney versions are now so much more prevalent. The writing itself was interesting while the author seemed to prefer the words queer, little and stupid more than anything else. The first isn't a surprise but the whole stupid added yet another dimension to the "Wonderland" tale than what many readers are provided for when they read the story while in all versions I feel quite sorry if there was an actual Florence. This pre-Wonderland isn't as dreamy, outlandish or silly but has a lot more sense. There are parts where he attempts to make the step out into that realm but really quickly does Carrolll seem to move back into more safer grounds. As a result commonsense dictates instead of the caucus race and so many now favorite characters are missing but the reader at the same time gets a sense of just how much the idea had to develop before it became a classic that would be produced by Disney. At the same time I kind of wish there has been a work done that would explain how between this manuscript and the classic the story developed even more into becoming the piece that we marvel at today. All in all it was a fun step out of Wonderland and an interesting look at the skeleton of a classic before it reached its winning mark. And for Wonderland fans this may be a bit disappointing read in its full presentation but it does save Alice from looking so frivolous while adding to her story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    An Pletinckx

    It’s good. I liked Alice in Wonderland and this is basically the same.. so, yeah, its good, it’s okay. I read in another review that Lewis Carroll wrote this story for a befriended family, who then encouraged him to publish it. Which he did, but not before adding more to the story, including the chapters with the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. Since these are my favorite characters, I really missed them in this version and that’s why I can only give 3 stars. But I mean that as It’s good. I liked Alice in Wonderland and this is basically the same.. so, yeah, its good, it’s okay. I read in another review that Lewis Carroll wrote this story for a befriended family, who then encouraged him to publish it. Which he did, but not before adding more to the story, including the chapters with the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. Since these are my favorite characters, I really missed them in this version and that’s why I can only give 3 stars. But I mean that as a compliment because I’m so glad that Lewis Carroll added them to the story before publishing Alice In Wonderland. Ah, maybe an important detail: I listened to the audiobook. I haven’t seen an actual copy of this book, which is supposed to be quite impressive, because it is just like the original manuscript, handwritten by Lewis Carrol. So yeah I guess this book probably deserves more stars, just for being really cool.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rick Brose

    Alice's Adventures Under Ground is the original story that Carroll wrote and illustrated for his young neighbor, Alice. It is cool to see the framework for what would eventually become the full book. The free Kindle edition that I read suffers from a couple of things. First, it contains the content of the book twice. Second, it does not contain any of the illustrations. It is my understanding that hard copy versions of this have the pictures and actual handwriting of Carroll. You get none of tha Alice's Adventures Under Ground is the original story that Carroll wrote and illustrated for his young neighbor, Alice. It is cool to see the framework for what would eventually become the full book. The free Kindle edition that I read suffers from a couple of things. First, it contains the content of the book twice. Second, it does not contain any of the illustrations. It is my understanding that hard copy versions of this have the pictures and actual handwriting of Carroll. You get none of that here. If you are a huge fan of Carroll's work, seeking down a hard copy of this is probably a must. For others, it is a cool glimpse into Carroll and the world of Alice. Just know that this edition is subpar.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hsiao Ming

    I must confess that I have never read anything from Alice in Wonderland, the only knowledge I had of this fairy tale is what is shown by Disney (and even then it took quite a while before I even watched the movie). Nevertheless, it was very interesting to read such an early manuscript of 'Alice in Wonderland'. Especially the personal touch by Lewis Carroll, shown through his drawings, handwriting and foreword. It made it more clear what kind of person the author was and his motivations and thoug I must confess that I have never read anything from Alice in Wonderland, the only knowledge I had of this fairy tale is what is shown by Disney (and even then it took quite a while before I even watched the movie). Nevertheless, it was very interesting to read such an early manuscript of 'Alice in Wonderland'. Especially the personal touch by Lewis Carroll, shown through his drawings, handwriting and foreword. It made it more clear what kind of person the author was and his motivations and thoughts behind this story. I find it quite amazing how his imagination worked and how he concocted these peculiar events. It was overall a very nice, enjoyable read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    the alice stories are classics for good reason and a personal favourites of mine, having read them countless times in many editions. reading the original story Carroll initially gave to Alice, in his own hand and with his illustrations, is an altogether different kind of magic. rereading alice, whether under ground, wonderland or looking glass, feels like i'm coming home and back to my childhood, and that is a very special thing to me

  21. 5 out of 5

    David Sarkies

    The original Alice 6 June 2013 This is what is typically known as an ur-text, namely a rough draft that has been extensively rewritten to produce the final work (though when I think of an ur-text, I usually think of the ancient world). Needless to say it is nowhere near as good as the original text, though for some reason people wanted Lewis Carol (or whatever his name is, and I can't be bothered looking it up at the moment) to publish the original story that he told Alice Liddel that day they we The original Alice 6 June 2013 This is what is typically known as an ur-text, namely a rough draft that has been extensively rewritten to produce the final work (though when I think of an ur-text, I usually think of the ancient world). Needless to say it is nowhere near as good as the original text, though for some reason people wanted Lewis Carol (or whatever his name is, and I can't be bothered looking it up at the moment) to publish the original story that he told Alice Liddel that day they were rowing down that river in Oxford (I know the river because I have been to Oxford, but I cannot remember the name of it – I think it is the Thames, but I could be completely and utterly wrong – and probably am). I am not a big fan of ur-texts, unless of course a friend hands me one to read because they want to publish it (and so far I have only one friend who has actually published something, though he got me to critique the first book, but not the rest). The only ur-texts that I am actually interested in are the ancient ones, such as the ones that you find in ancient Babylon. For instance there are lots of different versions of the Epic of Gilgamesh, though there is one that is generally accepted as the authentic version. Then there are also theories of the ur-text to the Bible, but the thing is that we don't actually have them so any possible texts that arose is mere speculation. However, when it comes to books like the Bible, the ur-text might actually be substantially bigger than the final proof that we have, and the reason for that is that the editors (Moses when it comes to the first five books) has only brought out the important points that they want to get across. However, I am now thinking that the original texts are not necessarily ur-texts but rather source documents. As for modern literature, ur-texts can be useful for those who are extensively studying the particular text because it helps us understand how the polished version has come together. However, it can also be useful to aspiring writers in that they can see the rough draft that came before the final product. However some writers don't actually use ur-texts, such as Isaac Asimov, who didn't actually like to plan or rewrite any of his stories. In fact, the one story that he said he put a lot of effort into developing turned out to be really bad. In the end, as I say, each to their own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    This is just a shorten version of "Alice in Wonderland". It was the version he gave to little Alice, homemade and home illustrated, as a gift. He made a few copies and later expanded his work. Anyway, it was the first version I ever read of the story and I was pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed it. I am not against children's literature and have liked quit a bit of it as an adult (especially E. Nesbit's "5 Children and It") and this one really ranks high. I am sure most people are famili This is just a shorten version of "Alice in Wonderland". It was the version he gave to little Alice, homemade and home illustrated, as a gift. He made a few copies and later expanded his work. Anyway, it was the first version I ever read of the story and I was pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed it. I am not against children's literature and have liked quit a bit of it as an adult (especially E. Nesbit's "5 Children and It") and this one really ranks high. I am sure most people are familiar with the story about Alice and The White Rabbit and so forth but I think most people may be surprised beyond the Disney version just how funny this short book is. Can't wait to read the expanded versions.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I read this for a class today and loved it! It was such a quick read and was actually pretty funny, even though it was written 150+ years ago! I read this specific edition and although there were pictures, they weren’t of anything related to the story but instead were random fairy tale pictures.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Fallon

    Well, we had a discussion with my literature teacher about this one. And I had to agree on something: It's not a children's book. Not really, even if you consider the timeline. Now I'll explain myself on why. I had the chance to read the edition with John Tenniel's original drawings, which are amazing. Alice is by far the worst role model for children, she is manipulative, liar, contemptuous and hypocritical. Not to mention some of the actions and phrases are given in the book as advice. Like ho Well, we had a discussion with my literature teacher about this one. And I had to agree on something: It's not a children's book. Not really, even if you consider the timeline. Now I'll explain myself on why. I had the chance to read the edition with John Tenniel's original drawings, which are amazing. Alice is by far the worst role model for children, she is manipulative, liar, contemptuous and hypocritical. Not to mention some of the actions and phrases are given in the book as advice. Like how wonderful would be to turn every ugly child into a pig, or how if you drink poison it "might" do you some harm. That could be understood as bad or "innocent" by an adult, but it's not something I would read to a child. I truly believe everybody should read it, not only for being a classic but to truly appreciate everything without the bias of the idyllic childish character that one may know from the Disney adaptation. That said, I truly am amazed by the imagination of Carroll. And his ability to keep a story going on with a character that is truly doing nothing but "wonder" in an unknown world.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Bittner

    Alice is my favorite character from a fantasy book. Admittedly, this has a lot to do with the Disney movie but I have also read the books. Most recently I read Alice’s Adventures Under Ground which is a copy of the handwritten manuscript that Carroll gave Alice Liddell. It was an experience reading a book printed in handwriting. Anyhow, I think the combo of the book Alice and the movie Alice has made a huge imprint on my brain. She is just a regular girl but after chasing the White Rabbit she is Alice is my favorite character from a fantasy book. Admittedly, this has a lot to do with the Disney movie but I have also read the books. Most recently I read Alice’s Adventures Under Ground which is a copy of the handwritten manuscript that Carroll gave Alice Liddell. It was an experience reading a book printed in handwriting. Anyhow, I think the combo of the book Alice and the movie Alice has made a huge imprint on my brain. She is just a regular girl but after chasing the White Rabbit she is transported to a magic land and transformed into a girl that can change sizes and also talk to animals and flowers. She still maintains her personality which is that of a proper little girl who questions authority and thinks too many things are silly (even though she kind of likes silly things). When she is confronted with the ridiculous, she does her best to make sense of it all. She is not a hero or a villain she is just Alice. That why I like her. By the end of the book she has not really changed that much. She just had an adventure, or maybe she dreamt it. The story is helped by the format of this version. Since it is printed in cursive hand-writting which make this book more of a middle school aged child rather than younger kids. Reading text like this makes me feel even more transported. The downside is that this version is shorter but that's also an upside. This book can take you there and back in one afternoon.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elba

    This was the original manuscript that Carroll (aka Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) gave to the real Alice. There were lots of rumors that Carroll was infatuated with young Alice. He would vacation with her family and tell Alice and her sisters stories. Alice asked Carroll to write this one down for her. He went to further embellish and later publish the version we are all familiar with Alice in Wonderland. This early version is missing the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Dormouse and This was the original manuscript that Carroll (aka Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) gave to the real Alice. There were lots of rumors that Carroll was infatuated with young Alice. He would vacation with her family and tell Alice and her sisters stories. Alice asked Carroll to write this one down for her. He went to further embellish and later publish the version we are all familiar with Alice in Wonderland. This early version is missing the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Dormouse and the baby that turns into a pig. It lacks a bit of the madness without the tea party and the characters mentioned. Still it was neat to read the original.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brainii Bookii

    From what I gathered from the beginning of the book, before the story started, was that this is the closest to the original of this story. This has been the only "Alice" story I've read all the way through. Be this as it may, we've all heard a version of this story. Although there are things missing from this that are seen in later versions, this story is very well told. It's a super adorable read. Alice is bored with her sister's book. To her knowledge she winds up following a rabbit into a wor From what I gathered from the beginning of the book, before the story started, was that this is the closest to the original of this story. This has been the only "Alice" story I've read all the way through. Be this as it may, we've all heard a version of this story. Although there are things missing from this that are seen in later versions, this story is very well told. It's a super adorable read. Alice is bored with her sister's book. To her knowledge she winds up following a rabbit into a world of adventures. Low and behold, come the end of the book, she had been asleep on her sister's lap all the while. A sweet story to share with an adventurous little one. I loved it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well this is a children's book but I actually haven't read it before and it was fun to read it, especially this version of it because it's a bit different from other versions and the forewords about the background to Alice in Wonderland and Alice adventures under ground as the first version is called, the version I read. I didn't know that there iiwas a real Alice whp inspired the author and it was interesting to here. I like to read about Alice because she is very funny and a bit peculiar and s Well this is a children's book but I actually haven't read it before and it was fun to read it, especially this version of it because it's a bit different from other versions and the forewords about the background to Alice in Wonderland and Alice adventures under ground as the first version is called, the version I read. I didn't know that there iiwas a real Alice whp inspired the author and it was interesting to here. I like to read about Alice because she is very funny and a bit peculiar and so oblivus sometimes. I liked the last part the best but the ending was a bit boring, the typical"it was just a dream" ending wasn't what I expected but it doesn't matter that much.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael Kott

    If you're unacquainted with the whole Alice story, this is not an additional Alice in Wonderland book, but the original story as Lewis Carroll told it to Alice Liddell. It was later expanded and published as 'Alice in Wonderland.' The introduction and comments from the Illustrator were interesting in explaining the story behind this version. This version does not include several characters Alice met, such as the Chesire Cat. Characters were added by the author when it was decided to turn what st If you're unacquainted with the whole Alice story, this is not an additional Alice in Wonderland book, but the original story as Lewis Carroll told it to Alice Liddell. It was later expanded and published as 'Alice in Wonderland.' The introduction and comments from the Illustrator were interesting in explaining the story behind this version. This version does not include several characters Alice met, such as the Chesire Cat. Characters were added by the author when it was decided to turn what started out as an audible story telling into a book. This was supposedly the version he wrote for little Alice after she asked for the story in writing. Interesting read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Griffin

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favorite books of all time. This is a reproduction of the original manuscript that Lewis Carroll first wrote, in his own handwriting and with his own illustrations. It is an early form of the story that does not yet have some of the most popular scenes such as the Mad Hatter's tea party and the Chesire Cat scene. I really enjoyed reading this early edition and getting to see how the story has changed over time. It's a great addition to anyone's Alice Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favorite books of all time. This is a reproduction of the original manuscript that Lewis Carroll first wrote, in his own handwriting and with his own illustrations. It is an early form of the story that does not yet have some of the most popular scenes such as the Mad Hatter's tea party and the Chesire Cat scene. I really enjoyed reading this early edition and getting to see how the story has changed over time. It's a great addition to anyone's Alice in Wonderland collection. I completely recommend reading it.

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