Saturday, January 12, 2013

Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with artwork by Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama's art adds freshness to a beloved familiar tale in a new edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. From the publisher: "Since childhood, Kusama has been afflicted with a condition that makes her see spots, which means she sees the world in a surreal, almost hallucinogenic way that sits very well with the Wonderland of Alice. She is fascinated by childhood and the way that adults have the ability, at their most creative, to see things the way children do, a central concern of the Alice books."

It's a Penguin Classic with the full text. The book design plays with font as well as colour. The result is delightfully whimsical and best demonstrated with examples of some of the pages. You really must handle it yourself to appreciate the high production quality in this beautiful, hardcover book. It would make a lovely gift.

Readalikes: Shakespeare's Hamlet: Staged on the Page by Nicki Greenberg. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White, illustrated by Maira Kalman. The Conference of the Birds by Peter Sis.

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