I have always wanted to read Lewis Carroll's tales of Alice in Wonderland. I have seen many renditions of the stories in film form and it's always nice to read the original works. I found a copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at Books-a-million a few months ago for $2.99 and couldnt pass it up for such a great price. Books-a-Million also had Through the Looking Glass for the same price so I also bought that as well. I read the two books back to back starting with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and then reading Through the Looking Glass. The two books work well together and it's almost like reading every film adaptation that I've ever seen of Alice in Wonderland.
The publishing Company that published the two versions that I bought was Collins Classics. In their books they also include and short biography of the publishing company and a short Biography of the author which I found interesting and nice that they included this at the beginning of each of the books. I find that knowing a little about author and their publishing history helps when reading books. Authors tend to put a lot of their lives and background into the stories that they write.
In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland a young girl by the name of Alice follows a white rabbit into a rabbit hole and falls into a strange world where everything doesn't quit make sense. This book has the main story of Alice that we tend to see mostly in the film versions. The fall through the rabbit hole, the table and key with the small door, The Mad Tea Party, The Red Queen of Hearts and her croquet game with Flamingos and Hedgehogs and the Trial against Alice.
In Through The Looking Glass, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee are introduced. A lot of this story is left out of the more popular well known Alice in Wonderland films. The Jabberwock is mentioned in this story. Also the white knight, the Duchess, and even Humpty Dumpty. Alice walks through a looking glass, or Mirror, over the mantle in her home and ends up in a strange land. She must travel through the squares of a giant chess board to find her way to becoming a queen and able to get back home. Along her travels she runs into very strange characters and everything just seems so bizarre. But she eventually makes it across the chess board and she finds she was just dreaming again as she found in Alice's adventures in Wonderland. All was just a dream.
These books are classic tales that most children grow up knowing through films and animation. I feel that the original stories are just as important and interesting as the film versions and parents as well as children would enjoy them. They are easy to read since they were written for children and not long at all. An adult could easily read through one of them in just a few hours.