Posts Tagged ‘Macmillan Children’s Books

14
Dec
19

The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland by Carys Bexington & Kate Hindley

 

The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland by Carys Bexington. Illustrated by Kate Hindley.

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books October 2019

ISBN-10: 1509879889
ISBN-13: 978-1509879885

A charming fusion of ‘Twas The Night before Christmas by  Clement Clarke Moore and the Alice books, with appearances by Alice, The Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, Saint Nick and all his reindeer. Bexington’s debut.

Lovely pictures by Kate Hindley who has also illustrated books for Alexander McCall Smith and Miranda Hart.

From the publisher’s blurb:

Twas the night before Christmas, with a wonderful twist! Lewis Carroll’s classic Wonderland returns but this time instead of Alice, it’s Santa’s turn for an adventure down the rabbit hole. Join the Cheshire-Cat, the Mad Hatter, and the reindeer for a tea party with lots of festive fun!

The Queen of Hearts hates Christmas – she’s banned tinsel, mince pies and even good cheer –because when she was a little Princess the White Rabbit was late delivering her letter to Father Christmas and she didn’t receive a present. But one snowy Christmas Eve, Santa finally receives her letter and races to deliver her gift! Will Santa and his reindeer be able to put the Merry back into Christmas in Wonderland?

From the original publisher of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written by debut author Carys Bexington and illustrated by star artist Kate Hindley, The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland is a fun mash-up of two classics, showing the true meaning of Christmas is to be kind.

Review:

Carys Bexington’s witty and ingenious rewriting of the poem ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, to incorporate language and characters from Lewis Carroll, tells a rollicking story in which the Queen of Hearts learns the first rule of Christmas: be kind. The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland is illustrated by Kate Hindley with stylish inventiveness and touches of madness and modernity.

The Times

Available here.

 

08
Jan
17

What Would Alice Do?

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What Would Alice Do? Advice for the Modern Woman.

Quotes from Lewis Carroll with a foreward by Lauren Laverne.

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books (22 Oct. 2015)

Hardback small format book.

ISBN-13: 978-1447288527

From the publishers:

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its equally famous sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, are among the most quoted works in literature. In What Would Alice Do?, a handy, pocket-sized volume, are the pithiest quotations from the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and, of course, the irrepressible Alice, every one of them pertinent today . . . and guaranteed to put a Cheshire grin on your face! What Would Alice Do? offers advice for any unreasonable, demanding and downright confusing situation, from one of the most iconic female characters in literary history. Forthright, polite, and always true to herself, Alice will help you navigate life as she did Wonderland – just ask yourself, what would Alice do?

Sir John Tenniel’s original engravings have defined our image of Alice ever since the story was first published in 1865. Reproduced to the highest quality, the iconic images in this book will delight both fans and those discovering them for the first time.

Featuring a foreword by Lauren Laverne, a gorgeous foiled cover and Tenniel’s famous black line illustrations, this beautiful little book of Alice quotes makes a wonderful gift for any fan of Alice in Wonderland.

Available from Amazon.

 

10
Feb
10

Macmillan Alice

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Carroll and Tenniel

Published by Macmillan, 1973 impression.

Hardback with dustjacket: which shows that the book originally cost 80p. For a hardback?! Blimey…

ISBN: 0333066650

Available on Amazon: Alice in Wonderland

10
Feb
10

Alice’s Pop-up Theatre Book

Alice’s Pop-up Theatre Book, illustrations by Alex Vining, paper engineering by Nick Denchfield. Tenniel pictures on the cover. Text adapted from the original.

Published by Ted Smart/ Macmillan Children’s Books, 2002. First edition hardback pop-up book. Damaged, but repearable.

ISBN: 0333961374

This book contains a pop-up theatre with a book of six pop-up scenes from Alice. The characters are moved about the stage on sticks, like the old penny plain, tuppence coloured Pollocks theatres. But, to be honest, it’s not as beautiful, despite being tied up with a neat little ribbon.

Amazon: Alice’s Pop-up Theatre Book

04
Feb
10

The Nursery “Alice” (Facsimile Classics Series)

The Nursery “Alice” by Lewis Carroll.

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books

ISBN: 0333273869

The Nursery “Alice” is a shortened version of Alice, specially adapted by the author for children “from nought to five”, and with twenty of Tenniel’s illustrations which have been coloured to give a more picture-booky feel.

It was first published in 1890 by Macmillan, 25 years after the original and featured a new cover illustrated by E. Gertrude Thomson, which this copy does have, unlike my other Nursery Alice.

You can read the whole text here.

“Oh dear,  oh dear!”  said the Rabbit.  “I shall be too late !”   What would it be too late for,  I wonder ?   Well,  you see,  it had to go and visit the Duchess (you’ll see a picture of the Duchess,  soon,  sitting in her kitchen):  and the Duchess was a very cross old lady:  and the Rabbit knew she’d be very angry indeed if he kept her waiting.   So the poor thing was as frightened as frightened could be (Don’t you see how he’s trembling ?   Just shake the book a little,  from side to side,  and you’ll soon see him tremble),  because he thought the Duchess would have his head cut off,  for a punishment.   That was what the Queen of Hearts used to do,  when she was angry with people (you’ll see a picture of her,  soon):  at least she used to order their heads to be cut off,  and she always thought it was done,  though they never really did it.

On amazon here:The Nursery Alice (Facsimile Classics Series)




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