Alice in Wonderland
Release date: 09/01/2009
These lushly illustrated hardcover gift books are meant to be cherished for years to come.
An interplanetary landscape serves as the backdrop to Alice’s journey in this fantastical rendition, which fits into a sturdy slipcase. Alice—whose long blonde hair is streaked with gray and facial features seem almost haunted—encounters a cast of familiar characters who, in Matthews’s hands, have exaggerated, alien qualities: an especially bestial March Hare and a goblinlike Mad Hatter appear at the tea party, as a living tree looks on. In addition to surreal and vibrant full-spread scenes, b&w spot art often appears beside Carroll’s text. Matthews’s original and psychedelic conception befits the story’s unworldly essence. All ages. (Sept.)