In 1980, the author was starting his first year at the Ontario College of Art when printmaking instructor Bill Poole approached him with a crazy idea: to create ninety-six wood engravings for Poole's limited, letterpress edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This 2011 edition celebrates Alice's adventures with wood engravings.
On a hot, sunny day Alice sees a rabbit in a waistcoat and follows
it into a large hole. With this, Alice goes spiralling down into a
fantastical land of very strange creatures - talking White Rabbit,
a Frog-Footman, smiling Cheshire Cat, hookah-smoking Caterpillar,
Mad Hatter and, of course, the cruel Queen. A land where Alice can
be three inches or nine feet tall with just a gulp of a ‘curious’ drink
or a bite of a mushroom; a place where everything and anything is
possible . But where is this strange land? And will Alice ever get out
of this mysterious place and go back to the real world?
Alice in Wonderland is a classic book for all ages as Lewis Carroll
blends imagination and word-play to create a world of wonders.
‘Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, “and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?”’
So begins the tale of Alice, who follows a curious White Rabbit down a hole and falls into Wonderland, a fantastical place where nothing is quite as it seems: animals talk, nonsensical characters confuse, Mad Hatters throw tea parties and the Queen plays croquet. Alice’s attempts to find her way home become increasingly bizarre, infuriating and amazing in turn.
A beloved classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has continued to delight readers, young and old, for over 150 years.