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All things Alice in Wonderland

This weekend a whole host of authors for all ages and all tastes and 45 publishers will be showcasing their books, with 100 authors and over 40 events held over the weekend at the South African Book fair.

The final event of the SA Book Fair is at 3pm on Sunday afternoon is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

This week's book show takes a quick peek preview at what's happening at the book fair (sans the tea party) and then journeys into the many wonders of Alice in Wonderland.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND - DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE by JOE RHATIGAN ILLUSTRATED BY ERIC PUYBARET (Macmillan)

Discover a unique picture-book retelling of Lewis Carroll's beloved story of a world gone topsy-turvy. This stunning interpretation of a childhood classic offers a magical entrance to Wonderland, without actually falling down the rabbit hole.

A classic tale for all ages, Alice in Wonderland is filled with magical and marvelous happenings. This abbreviated version introduces younger readers to a cast of recognizable Carroll characters and includes recognizable phrases like "Curiouser and curiouser" and "Oh dear, oh dear, I shall be too late."

  • CharlesBridge

Paperback: R145.00

BUSY ALICE IN WONDERLAND BY CHRISTELLE RUTH & ILLUSTRATED BY: CHRISTELLE RUTH, COLONEL MOUTARDE

In Alice's adventures, nothing's ever as it seems, for Wonderland is magical, beyond your wildest dreams! This is a perfect introduction, for young children, to the magical story Alice in Wonderland. Push, pull and turn mechanisms bring the story to life and introduce all the main characters, Alice, the White Rabbit, the March Hare, Mad Hatter, Doormouse and of course the Queen of Hearts. Beautifully brought to life by Christelle Ruth's illustrations.

  • Pan Macmiillan Australia Board Book : R97.00

THE COMPLETE ALICE: ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE BY LEWIS CARROLL & ILLUSTRATED BY SIR JOHN TENNIEL (Pan Macmillan)

The 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland is spurning a plethora of versions of this much-loved children's book, including the impressive The Complete Alice, published by Macmillan, the original publishers. From its elegantly embossed white front cover, to the shiny miniature hearts above the page numbers and the hand-coloured reproductions of John Tenniel's illustrations, this is a beautiful and highly collectable tome.

  • Stephanie Owen Reeder, The Sydney Morning Herald Hardback : R749.00

THE NURSERY ALICE BY LEWIS CARROLL & ILLUSTRATED BY SIR JOHN TENNIEL

A very playful and loving adaptation by Carroll himself for children ages "naught to five" - with fantastic color added to the illustrations. For the most part, the jokes, riddles, and logic puzzles are removed, leaving mainly plot and description, and many questions pointed at the youngsters. A few new digressions are added, which, along with the 1890 fascimiles, make this an essential addition to the Carroll library!

  • Erik Hinkle, Goodreads Hardback : R246

THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE BY LEWIS CARROLL (Pan Macmillan)

Lewis Carroll has been telling another modern fairy tale to those three fortunate young ladies who have him for their fabulist, and now the result lies before us in a charming Christmas book, where those thousands of children of a larger or smaller growth who have laughed over the adventures of Alice, that most delightful of little girls, may follow their heroine through a new "Wonderland".

  • Macmillan and Co. Paperback : R98.00
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