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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Classic Collectable Popup (Classic Collectible Pop-Up) [Hardcover]

Lewis Carroll , Robert Sabuda
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Nov 2003 Classic Collectible Pop-Up
In 1862 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a shy Oxford mathematician with a stammer, created a story about a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole. Thus began the immortal adventures of Alice, perhaps the most popular heroine in English literature. Countless scholars have tried to define the charm of the Alice books–with those wonderfully eccentric characters the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, the Mad Hatter et al.–by proclaiming that they really comprise a satire on language, a political allegory, a parody of Victorian children’s literature, even a reflection of contemporary ecclesiastical history. Perhaps, as Dodgson might have said, Alice is no more than a dream, a fairy tale about the trials and tribulations of growing up–or down, or all turned round–as seen through the expert eyes of a child.
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Product details

  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia; New e. edition (Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689847432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689847431
  • Product Dimensions: 26.8 x 21.6 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lewis Carroll was born on 27 January 1832. He studied at Christ Church, Oxford and went on to become a mathematics lecturer there from 1855 to 1881. Lewis Carroll's most famous works are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (published in 1865) and the sequel Alice Through the Looking-Glass, which contains the classic nonsense poem The Jabberwocky (published in 1872).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, if delicate pop-up book 9 Dec 2003
By A. King
Just purchased this book after hearing about it on NPR (I live in the US). Beautifully illustrated, with some wonderful, if delicate pop-ups and other constructions. Robert Sabuda truly is a "paper engineer", the 3-D depiction of the rabbit hole with the falling Alice, the tea-party are all imaginatively depicted. However, some of the pop-ups are particularly fragile and so I think this is a book better for the older child or even adult.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 6 Oct 2006
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I am a real fan of Robert Sabuda's minimalist white sculptures illustrating well-known Christmas verses. However, I did not like this interpretation of a classic children's story. I bought it out of curiosity, wondering how on earth he could deal with an entire novel. It is so heavily abridged as to be unrecognisable for the subtlty and beauty of Carroll's original. How can you have Alice in Wonderland in 12 pages with only a few lines of text on each page?

In contrast to Sabuda's real masterpieces, the pages of this story were cluttered and inelegant. I'm still impressed by his paper sculptures but I wouldn't recommend this book for "Alice" fans or for those who want to see Sabuda at his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes the younger child into Wonderland 28 Nov 2007
My six-year old daughter and I read the original in a beautifully illustrated version but couldn't resist adding this to the book shelf as well. It's a visual feast of wonderfully clever paper engineering, with bold bright images that spring right out of the page. They were striking (and strong) enough to entice my four-year old boy into Wonderland whereas the classic version with Oxenbury's illustrations hadn't excited him. Obviously the story is heavily abridged, with about 5000 words to Carroll's 30,000. However, marketed as a pop-up adaptation, surely this is what a reader should expect. The overall feel and flow is pretty true to the original, and there is a wealth of prose and other pop-up features crammed into mini-books on each double page.
It must have been a daunting challenge to compact this complex narrative into just six "scenes" [The Riverbank, The White Rabbit's House, The Duchess's Kitchen, The Mad Hatter's Tea party, The Croquet ground, and "Nothing but a pack of cards"] and I would like to congratulate Robert Sabuda for a fresh and stunning approach to a traditional favourite. What a great way to lead a younger child into Wonderland.
[And if you like this, Sabuda does an equally amazing Wizard of Oz...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Victoriana 20 Aug 2006
This was a gift to my 4 year old daughter. The tale is faithful to the book and the pop-ups are wonderful. A multilayered treat if ever there was one. Not suitable for younger children, but then what pop-ups are?

A really beautiful classic. My daughter has put it in her special corner where no one else can touch it. She brings it out every day for me to read and then puts it away before anyone else can touch it. She loves it, I think it is beautiful and entertaining. Do childrens books come any better?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book! 13 Jan 2014
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This is a top notch pop up book of great quality and detail, not just your average children's book. As an adult I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It made a great gift for a friends daughter even though she is 13. Certainly a book to stir the imagination.
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This is an excellent book which is a must for any little girl or Alice in Wonderland collector. The pop ups are amazing
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