Sunday, May 30, 2010


Alice Week II: the Giveaway

When Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland was released in theatres, I did a roundup of fun new Alice books.

This week, the DVD will be released, and to celebrate, I am giving away a copy of Alice!

(Yes, I'm a tiny bit of a Carroll fangirl, but just a bit.)

The book in question comes from Chronicle Books, and the text of my review back in March went like this:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
By Lewis Carroll
Compiled by Cooper Edens

This edition from Chronicle Books is an interesting way to go if you want to see some of the many portrayals of Alice, in that it features not one illustrator, but an extremely plentiful selection of images from of host of different artists.

From the time Alice came out of copyright in 1908, every major illustrator has had a crack at it, and many lesser-known ones, besides. It' s well-loved, a real classic, and has a massive following of collectors, so why not? This is a good sampler of some you may never have seen before, as well as old favourites like Arthur Rackham.

It's not as cohesive in look because of this, and is large and a bit floppy in format, so if you want something for just a nice straight read-through, there may be better editions, but for the curious who want to talk about illustrations and how they relate to text, to peruse lots of pictures and styles, or get a pretty solid overview of different ways Alice has been drawn, this is a really good way to get that. I even found some illustrated versions that I have never seen, and I've seen a pretty good range of them, being an Alice fan myself.

Sound interesting? To enter to win a copy (I have one from the publisher to give away), tell me in comments about your favourite classic.

(Please remember to leave me an email address so I can let you know and ask for your mailing address!)


***And the winner, drawn by Misterpie from a well-scrambled batch of names written on lips of paper is:


(I know, we are so high-tech around here!)

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Well, _I_ love contests with very high chances of winning! ;)

I remember reading "Little House in the Big Woods" and "Wizard of Oz" over and over when I was young. I've shared Little House with my 5yo already, but think I'll wait on the other a bit, since she's a scaredy cat & we're heading into tornado season 'round here.
A favourite classic? I'm quite fond of The Princess and the Goblin, actually. That is if we are going waaay back to find our classics. Tuck Everlasting is a favourite more contemporary classic.

I'm planning to read Alice to M next fall/winter. Am already jazzed about it.
Ooh fabulous giveaway!

My favourite is Gulliver's Travels. But I remember reading so many great ones as a kid and really want to start re-reading them with my kids :)

I have always had a special place in my heart for The Secret Garden. (It's no coincidence what we named our first boy..)
So many! Little Women is up there, and so is Jane Eyre. But I am also reading Charlotte's Web with M right now and love rediscovering it, plus nothing will ever beat the Little House and Anne of Green Gables series'.
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