Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, written by Lewis Carroll and illustrated by Oleg Lipchenko. Tundra, 20009. $24.99 ages 8 and up
"Alice thought the whole thing absurd, but they all looked so grave that she did not dare laugh; and, as she could not think of anything to say, she simply bowed and took the thimble, looking as solemn as she could."
I recently received word that the IBBY ((International Board on Books for Young People) has announced that Oleg Lipchenko has been named the winner of the 2009 IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award for his remarkable new illustrations for this much-loved classic.
Of it, the jury said:
“This is a captivating book in every way – Oleg Lipchenko has turned this classic story into a rich experience for readers greeting Alice for the first time, as well as for readers those who know the original. The windowed book cover, gold embossed pages, detailed end pages, and faded, old-photograph colouring of the illustrations, are all visual pieces that work together to make reading it a special adventure. Lipchenko’s illustrations are more than images on a page, they are a homage to the surreal quality and humour of Lewis Carroll’s text, as well as a meticulously and brilliantly constructed original vision of a longstanding tradition in children’s literature.”
You know the story...or maybe not. If you have not read it, did not see the movie and have not listened to it at some point in your life, this would make a lovely addition to your school or home library! It is going to grace my shelves.