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Children’s books in English.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
By L. Frank Baum, illustrated by W. W. Denslow
2017. ISBN 978-1-78201-202-3

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is L. Frank Baum's story of a little girl named Dorothy, who with her dog Toto is carried by a tornado from Kansas to the strange and beautiful land of Oz. Here she decides to visit the Emerald City to ask its ruler, a wizard called Oz, to send her back home again. On the way she meets a Scarecrow, who is in search of brains; a Tin Woodman, who wishes to have a heart; and a Cowardly Lion, whose one desire is to possess courage. The little party encounter many dangers and marvelous adventures on the way, but reach the Emerald City in safety, their success being due to the thoughtfulness of the Scarecrow, the tender care of the Tin Woodman, and the fearlessness of the Cowardly Lion. This is the book that inspired the famous 1939 film -- which differs from the original book in quite a few ways! illustrations by William Wallace Denslow which were were scanned from copies of the first edition. There are 24 colour plates and 150 text illustrations. The book has been typeset a fashion similar to that of the first edition, with some typographic improvements for the modern reader.

Folly in Fairyland: Tales inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland
By Carolyn Wells, Illustrated by Wallace Morgan
2016. ISBN 978-1-78201-148-4

Folly, whose real name is Florinda, travels to Fairyland to discover how the fairies live there, what their houses are like, and how they amuse them­selves. There, travelling with her guide Puss in Boots, she meets Aladdin, Cinderella, and the Queen of Hearts in their castles, as well as the Three Bears in their woodland home, and the Old Woman who lived in a Shoe. Folly encounters Scheherezade and the Popular Popinjays, and pays an interesting visit to Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, where she experiences the strange sensation of wandering through a palace where everybody was asleep. And what happened there-well, it was just what one might expect! Carolyn Wells was known for her poetry, humour, and children's books, and Folly in Fairyland, one of her earlier works, is a splendid example of her crisp and original story-telling, the tale enhanced by her rhythmical, jingly rhymes.

The Circle at the Hollow Tree
By Billy Roberts, with illustrations by June Lornie
2016. ISBN 978-1-78201-137-8

The Circle at the Hollow Tree on the Devreux estate in Cornwall is a collection of ancient standing stones—but one of the many urban myths that abound is that it is also a portal from this world to the Jesnick Kingdom, a secret inner world supervised by a gnome-like race whose sole existence is dependent on the balance and sanctity of nature. The Jesnick people are also the custodians of the ancient Crystal of Rohm, an energy source that prevents Lithom’s cruel lieutenants, goblins, giants, and many other evil forces, from entering the Jesnick Kingdom, thus stopping them from gaining access into our world. Lithom is the anonymous, infamous leader of the kingdom of giants, and their subservient goblins, whose power extends across all of Zilon, causing fear to be felt in the hearts of all its inhabitants. It is said, that the perpetrators of evil in our world, unwittingly empower Lithom’s men, giving them the strength to destroy the Jesnick Kingdom and the power to take control of our world. Born into a wealthy Cornish family, ten-year-old Simon Halifax is cruel to animals, and has no regard whatsoever for anyone but himself. His continual abuse of nature and his privileged life have contributed to the empowerment of Lithom’s army and causes him to be drawn into the Jesnick Kingdom, where he is finally forced to face the creations of his own malevolence. Accompanied by Zedda, one of the Jesnick people, Simon Halifax journeys across the dangerous terrain of Zilon, the land of two suns, en route to the Golden Temple, in the Mountains of Time, to collect the Crystal of Rohm from the Holy Brethren, who had borrowed it from the Jesnick people until their own depleted powers had fully recovered. The many ordeals young Simon Halifax faces finally help him to discover exactly who he really is, and what he is truly capable of.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Illustrated by Mathew Staunton
By Lewis Carroll, with a Foreword by Michael Everson
2015. ISBN 978-1-78201-128-6

The text for this edition makes some alterations to Lewis Carroll's final revised text in order to correct some incon­sistencies which remained, or which appear to have been introduced, by Carroll in 1897. In the Evertype definitive text the aim has been to establish (or re-establish) clarity and consistency where it was lacking, while conserving the idio­syncrasies of Carroll's writing which have delighted readers for a century and a half. The playful and fresh illustrations in this volume were prepared by Mathew Staunton, on the basis of very personal mental images of Alice and the different characters she meets which developed when he first read the book many years ago, and were inspired in part by his daughter Aoife, who acted as model for the book.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: An edition printed in Dyslexic-Friendly Fonts
By Lewis Carroll
2015. ISBN 978-1-78201-126-2

The fonts used in this edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderlandhave been designed with the intention of making reading easier for people with dyslexia. OpenDyslexic3 (used for the body text) and Open­Dyslexic (used for its italics) were designed by Abelardo Gonzalez and Lexia Readable (used for the chapter titles drop-caps, and headers) was designed by Keith Bates. Research suggests that dyslexic-friendly fonts are not always effective for all readers; it hoped nevertheless that this edition may help at least some readers to enjoy Alice's adventures.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
By Lewis Carroll, with a Foreword by Michael Everson
2015. ISBN 978-1-78201-125-5

The text for this edition is based on that established in Selwyn Goodacre’s version of Lewis Carroll’s final revised text of 1897; Goodacre’s edition is augmented “with certain corrections, and elimination of errors”. To that text I have made a number of further alterations in order to correct some inconsistencies which remained, or which appear to have been introduced, in Carroll’s final revised text. This establishes a definitive text for Evertype publica­tions. It aims to introduce (or re-introduce) clarity and consistency where it was lacking, while conserving the idio­syncrasies of Carroll’s writing which have delighted readers for a century and a half.

The Nursery “Alice”
By Lewis Carroll
2015. Second edition, ISBN 978-1-78201-117-0

The Nursery “Alice” is intended for pre-school children “aged from Nought to Five”. Running to just under 7,000 words, it is considerably shorter than both Alice’s Adventures under Ground (15,500 words) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (27,500 words). Much of the narrative consists of the author’s addressing the young listener, explaining the story by reference to the illustrations. The effect is rather charming, particularly where Carroll pokes fun at features in Tenniel’s illustrations. These were quite skilfully and attractively coloured. Interestingly, Tenniel coloured Alice’s dress yellow with a blue trim and white apron, whereas nowadays most artists colour the dress in blue and white only.

Fluttering their way into my head: An introduction to Haiku for young people
By Gabriel Rosenstock, translated into English by Gabriel Rosenstock and Mícheál Ó hAodha, and illustrated by Mathew Staunton.
2014. ISBN 978-1-78201-088-3

What do we allow into our hearts and heads? - "fluttering their way / into my head... / plum blossoms" - The great haiku master Issa wrote over 20,000 haiku, little masterpieces of kindness, wonderful caring observations of the natural world around him. Birds, frogs, butterflies, fleas, insects, snow, all entered his heart and head from season to season: - "The small crow / is snubbed / geese in the rice field" - There's fun to be found here and excitement- in the littlest things. Open your heart and open your head to the incredible world of haiku.

Ifflepinn Island: A tale to read aloud for green-growing children and evergreen adults
By Muz Murray, Illustrated by the author
2014. ISBN 978-1-78201-052-4

Our hero Iffleplum is no ordinary ifflepinn. He dreams of dashing deeds and derring-do and saving damsels in distress. But on finding himself entrapped in a faery mushroom ring and menaced by the shambling shadow-creatures known as Gropes, he thinks again—too late! “Don’t throw your heart away on wild deeds,” his Ifflemother Mumkin had warned him. But alas! when his wild wishes suddenly come true, in fearful shock, the spirit of his heart flies out as he is whisked away on a terrifying and unexpected journey, left a wanderer with an empty heart. His search to find its elfin-spirit plunges him into the worlds of Half-Elves and Dwemmers, Men and Ghòrs, Trolls and Ogres, Umbelopes and Pogs, and more fantastical adventures than he ever dreamed…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by June Lornie
By Lewis Carroll, illustrated by June Lornie
2013. ISBN 978-1-78201-037-1

As a child, June Lornie spent much of her life in hospital. She had to lay on her back, so she used a mirror to see what was going on around her -- and as a result, she always saw the world back to front. Because she had a mirror, she was told a story, Through the Looking-Glass, about a little girl who went through a mirror -- that little girl was called Alice. As the years went by June remained fascinated with Alice. Later in her career, June became director of the Liverpool Academy of Arts. Her illustrations for Alice started with a single work: "The Mad Tea-Party". This was soon joined by others, then, after she had had an exhibition of this first group and saw them all hanging on a wall together, she felt inspired to complete a full set of illustrations for the story, work which occupied her off and on for a further two years. She has held many exhibitions displaying her illustrations for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and plans to start illustrating Through the Looking-Glass as well.

I Met a Man from Artikelly: Verse for the young and young at heart
By Gabriel Rosenstock
2013. ISBN 978-1-78201-032-6

I met a man from Artikelly
With a double chin and a double belly:
He offered me a taste of jelly—
But served it in a smelly welly.

Children will enjoy reading these zany poems to their grandparents and vice versa!

Alice in Beeland
By Lillian Elizabeth Roy
2012. ISBN 978-1-78201-018-0

Little Alice Wells is exploring her garden when she spies Bombus, a bumblebee, and follows him to overhear him conversing with Madam Zumm and a young bee named Buzz. They give her a special nectar which enables her to enter the Bee world, where she learns much about Bees and their life and society. Lillian Elizabeth Roy was born Lillian Elizabeth Becker in 1868 and died in 1932. She is best-known for her “Polly Brewster” series of books, published between 1922 and 1930, an interesting series about a strong-headed girl who early on declaims on the rights of women, before heading out on many adventures around the world. Alice in Beeland was published in 1919. Julia Greene illustrated a number of books beginning in 1917, including a special edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with Cut-Out Pictures. Later in her career (1918 through 1932) she illustrated the fourteen volumes of the “Curlytop” series by Howard R. Garis, who was most famous for his “Uncle Wiggily” series.

The Railway Children
By Edith Nesbit
2012. ISBN 978-1-78201-004-3

When their father is taken away under mysterious circumstances, Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis and their mother must leave their house in London to live in a small cottage in the country. Their house, called “The Three Chimneys” stands not far from a railway track, where the three have a number of adventures. They are befriended by the Station Master and Perks the Porter, and run each day down to the railway track to wave at the passing train for London, sending their love to their father. Unknown to them, a kindly “Old Gentleman” who waves to them every day from the train helps them to solve the mystery of their father’s disappearance. This classic tale by Edith Nesbit has the original illustrations by C. E. Brock.

Alice Through the Needle’s Eye: The Further Adventures of Lewis Carroll’s Alice
By Gilbert Adair
2012. ISBN 978-1-78201-000-5

Lewis Carroll's stories of Alice have entranced children - and grown-ups - for nearly 150 years. And more than one reader, turning the last page of "Through the Looking-Glass", must have been saddened by the thought that her adventures had well and truly come to an end. Not so! Setting himself the daily task of believing "as many as six impossible things before breakfast" (or at least before lunch), Gilbert Adair has written a delightful successor to Carroll's two immortal fantasies. Here, with the aid of Jenny Thorne's Tenniel-inspired illustrations, you will find characters as nonsensical as any ever encountered by Alice. The Siamese-Twin Cats joined at the tail, the kindly old Grampus and its Auto-Biography, the Welsh Rabbit with its toasted cheese and Worcestershire Sauce and many, many, more. And perhaps you too will gradually discover, as Alice does, the mysterious pattern which shapes the destiny of her dream. "Alice Through the Needle's Eye" is both a literary tour de force and an enchantingly funny tail for children of, as they say, all ages. .

Welcome to the Crazyverse
By Keith Sheppard
2012. ISBN 978-1-904808-85-5

This book contains (the author says)
Much verse on many things
Amusing quips concealing facts
Of dark ages and kings.
How Nellie Gwynn was really hot
And what made Guy Fawkes sing.

This collection of poems is loosely based on famous historical characters. Poems they may be, but not “poetry”. This is comedy in verse. What was the real story behind the gunpowder plot (and who was this guy called Fawkes)? What happened after the English Civil War? How did Rasputin meet a sticky end? All these questions and more are answered in this book. So forget those boring history lessons! Let’s have a bit of fun together but beware. You may accidentally learn some history on the way…

Phyllis in Piskie-land
By J. Henry Harris
2012. ISBN 978-1-904808-84-8

J. Henry Harris 1848-1917 was a journalist, novelist, and short-story writer, probably best known for his collection of Cornish folklore, Cornish Saints and Sinners (1906). In his book Phyllis in Piskie-land, inspired by Lewis Carroll's Wonderland, a little English girl visiting Cornwall is taken into their world and has many adventures. This rare book has been brought out again to delight Carrollians and Cornishmen alike. Phyllis in Piskie-land is in part a vehicle for Harris’ interest in Cornish folklore, but it is clear that his interest in Carroll’s work goes beyond the syntax of the title of his book. In many episodes Phyllis is taught and entertained by the denizens of Piskie-land, and like Alice she endeavours to be polite to them. Harris’ clearest homage to Carroll is in the beginning of Chapter XI, “The Charmed Shoes”, where the nonsense echoes both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass quite strongly, leading up to the Cornish folktale which concludes the chapter.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: An edition printed in the Nyctographic Square Alphabet devised by Lewis Carroll
By Lewis Carroll, Illustrated by John Tenniel, Foreword by Alan Tannenbaum
2011. ISBN 978-1-904808-78-7

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a.k.a Lewis Carroll, invented a special writing instrument he called “the Nyctograph” on 24 September 1891, in frustration at the process of “getting out of bed at 2 a.m. in a winter night, lighting a candle, and recording some happy thought which would probably be otherwise forgotten”. This edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is written entirely in the author's unique night-time alphabet.

The Beast of Bodmin Moor: Best Goon Brèn
By Alan M. Kent, translated into Cornish by Neil Kennedy. Illustrated by Gabrielle Cailes
2011. ISBN 978-1-904808-77-0

Watch out… the Beast is about! This new story for young readers is based on the mysterious legend of the Beast of Bodmin Moor. The acclaimed Cornish writer Alan M. Kent tells the charming tale of how a big cat came to wander the wild landscape of Cornwall. Filled with delight and wonder, this is a tale to enrich the imagination and stay long in the memory. The illustrations are by Gabrielle Cailes, an artist who knows Cornwall intimately. With wonderful spirit, colour, and energy, they capture the detail of the story and its thrilling sense of place. The story is presented bilingually with a vibrant modern translation into Cornish by Neil Kennedy.

Áloþk’s Adventures in Goatland
By Byron W. Sewell, Illustrated by Mahendra Singh
2011. ISBN 978-1-904808-76-3

Róaž Wiðz (1882–1937), the locally-admired though otherwise little-known Zumorgian translator, spent seventeen years of his miserable life (when he wasn’t tending to his beloved goats) translating Lewis Carroll’s classic “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” into Zumorigénflit and transposing it into Ŋúǧian culture. Sadly, Ŋúǧ was swallowed up by the Soviet Union in 1947. For those interested in such esoteric things, Áloþk üjy Gígið Soagénličy was first published by the Itadabükan Press in the capital city of Sprutničovyurt in 1919. The city, which was mistakenly thought to be a German forward supply area, was literally flattened and burned to the ground by Royal Air Force saturation bombing in 1943, and all that remains of it are a few remnants of the ancient Palace’s foundations and a gigantic reinforced concrete statue of Joseph Stalin, whose face has been shattered by what was probably machine gun target practice. The original story has here been updated to modern times, as if this strange, harsh, and dangerous land still existed in the modern world. It doesn’t, except in my imagination and that of Mahendra Singh, whose heart swells with the Song of the Goat. -- Byron W. Sewell

Cornish Legend and Folklore
By Nigel Roberts
2012. ISBN 978-1-904808-73-2

Cornish Legend and Folklore is a journey into Cornwall's mythical past. Throughout these pages you will discover magical romantic tales of adventure and intrigue; saints and sinners; heroes and villains. Where tyrannical giants roam the hills; mysterious rocks come alive and obstinate people turn to stone on the sabbath; mischievous piskeys lead simple fools astray; ghostly knockers haunt the mines; holy wells have curative powers; and alluring mermaids entice their vulnerable victims into Celtic seas. Nigel Roberts has adapted and retold this rich tradition of legend and folklore into popular and colourful graphic narrative format for those of all ages who enjoy great art and story telling.

Alix’s Adventures in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll’s Nightmare
By Byron W. Sewell, Illustrated by the author
2011. ISBN 978-1-904808-72-5

Charles Dodgson had had a difficult day photographing young Victor Alexander Parnell, one of Queen Victoria's godsons. Dodgson wasn't at all certain of how either the boy's parents or the Queen would regard the photograph if he let them see it. The image showed a boy with the cold and calculating gaze of a gunman that one might encounter in a saloon in the American West. It had taken no fewer than six attempts to get this image of Alexander, and Dodgson was thoroughly exhausted. The boy had twitched and squinted, blinked and shifted, ruining one plate after another. The trip back to Oxford, with all of the heavy boxes of photographic equipment, had been the final strain of a long and tiring day. By the time he finally reached his rooms he was ready for a simple meal of bread, cheese and a small glass of claret, then immediately off to bed. He would unpack the boxes later in the week, when he had recovered a bit from the expedition. Dodgson pulled the heavy curtains of his rooms together without looking out of the windows onto the quadrangle. He was under the covers and asleep in less than five minutes. And this is what he dreamed...

The Admiral’s Caravan
By Charles Edward Carryl
2011. ISBN 978-1-904808-66-4

The Admiral’s Caravan appeared first in serialized form in the children's periodical St Nicholas beginning in 1891; it was published in book form first in 1892 and remained in print for many years. The Admiral’s Caravan is one of the last important works of nineteenth-century American children's fantasy published before The Wizard of Oz appeared in 1900. The story takes place—as such stories often do—on Christmas Eve when young Dorothy embarks on an adventure with the Admiral, the Highlander, and Sir Walter Rosettes, three wooden statues who come alive on that magic evening...

Davy and the Goblin
By Charles Edward Carryl
2011. ISBN 978-1-904808-65-7

Davy and the Goblin appeared first in serialized form in the children’s periodical St Nicholas beginning in 1884; it was published in book form first in 1885 and remained in print for over 40 years. The book’s use of nonsense and punning places it firmly amongst those works influenced by Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland; its fastpaced, kaleidoscopic narrative gives it an American flavour which foreshadows much fantastic literature of the twentieth century.

Alice’s Adventures in Pictureland: Tales inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland
By Florence Adèle Evans, Illustrated by Albertine Randall Wheelan
2011. ISBN 978-1-904808-63-3

Published first in 1900, Florence A. Evans’ Alice’s Adventures in Pictureland is told about a young girl named Alice, whose mother’s younger sister was the famous Alice of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. The book, illustrated with delightful drawings by Albertine Randall Wheelan, begins with a set of vignettes exploring the exploits of a number of Wonderland characters, and continues with a series of tales told by story-book animals, some of which are reminiscent of Rudyard Kipling’s Just-So Stories.

Eileen’s Adventures in Wordland
By Zillah K. Macdonald
2010. ISBN 978-1-904808-60-2

Zillah Katherine Macdonald was born in 1885 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is noted for her children’s books, as well as for a series of “career romances for young moderns”.

Eileen’s Adventures in Wordland is Macdonald’s first novel for children, and is a real delight for lovers of words and wordplay. Eileen’s companion “X” leads her to encounters ranging from a meeting with Blighty, a word born during the first World War, to meeting with Grandmother Indo-European, who introduces Eileen to a number of her “language children”. Embellished by Stuart Hay’s charming illustrations, this “life story of our Word friends” will appeal to readers young and old who delight in the sounds and sense of language.

Rollo in Emblemland
By John Kendrick Bangs and Charles Raymond Macauley
2010. ISBN 978-1-904808-58-9

John Kendrick Bangs (1862–1922) was born in Yonkers, New York, and is known for his work as an author, editor, and satirist. He worked for Life, a number of Harper’s periodicals, and Puck, perhaps the foremost American humour magazine of its day.

Inspired by the fantasy of Lewis Carroll’s Alice, Bangs wrote Rollo in Emblemland together with Charles Raymond Macauley in 1902. The story tells of a young boy named Rollo who visits a strange country peopled with symbols and icons—emblems of culture like John Bull, Uncle Sam, the Owl, the Stork, Puck, Mr Punch, Father Time, Cupid, and others. Macauley’s line drawings are charming and some of the verse in the book is reminiscent of Carroll’s.

Gladys in Grammarland & Alice in Grammarland
By Audrey Mayhew Allen and by Louise Franklin Bache
2010. ISBN 978-1-904808-57-2

The two tales in this book are not related to one another, though both are responses to Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland, and both are somewhat didactic in nature.

Audrey Mayhew Allen was born in 1870, and so was about 27 years of age when she wrote Gladys in Grammarland. In this story, Gladys becomes sleepy after class and finds that a Verb Fairy has taken an interest in her education.

Louise Franklin Bache wrote several plays for the Junior Red Cross News, and later published a book Health Education in an American City. The charming Alice in Grammarland was written as a play for “Better Speech Week”, 5–8 November 1923, and “American Education Week”, 18–24 November 1923, and was published in Junior Red Cross News in that month and year. In it, Carroll’s Alice returns to meet her old friends the Hatter and the White Rabbit, together with the King and Queen of Grammarland.

Alice in Blunderland: An Iridescent Dream
By John Kendrick Bangs
2010. ISBN 978-1-904808-56-5

John Kendrick Bangs (1862–1922) was born in Yonkers, New York, and is known for his work as an author, editor, and satirist. He worked for Life, a number of Harper’s periodicals, and Puck, perhaps the foremost American humour magazine of its day. In Alice in Blunderland: An Iridescent Dream—first published in 1907—Bangs makes light of a range of economic issues familiar to his readers—these are quite topical and all-too familiar to today’s reader as well. High taxes, corporate greed, bribery, institutional corruption, and govern mental incompetence are amongst the themes of the book.

Bangs’ Alice in Blunderland relies more on absurdity than it does on nonsense, and some of the humour is indeed rather American. But Bangs’ success is to make his reader smile wryly rather than laugh out loud—for his satire is very much on target.

New Adventures of Alice
By John Rae
2010. ISBN 978-1-904808-53-4

John Rae was an American author and illustrator who lived from 1882 to 1963. He wrote and illustrated New Adventures of Alice, Grasshopper Green and The Meadow Mice, and Granny Goose, and was noted for his portraits of Carl Sandburg and Albert Einstein. This charming book, written in 1917, fulfils Rae’s own wish that Carroll had written another book about Wonderland. In it Alice’s new adventures consist of visits to a number of Mother Goose characters, as well as to a remarkable artist, a poet, and a printer—characters certainly familiar to John Rae himself.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Retold in words of one syllable
By Lewis Carroll, retold by Mrs J. C. Gorham
2010. ISBN 978-1-904808-44-2

Mrs J. C. Gorham, alas, is known to us only by her married name—and this means, by the usual practice of the time, that her husband was named J. C. Nevertheless, Mrs Gorham is notable for having written three books in “Burt’s Series of One Syllable Books”, Gulliver’s Travels (1896) and Black Beauty (1905) being her other two, with some eleven other books in this “series of Classics, selected specially for young people’s reading, and told in simple language for youngest readers.

Retelling in words of one syllable is indeed a “clever game” and I dare say it isn’t easy to do—not convincingly, anyway. Mrs Gorham achieved it: her retelling in simple language for younger and early readers is still worth reading today.

The Nursery “Alice”
By Lewis Carroll
2010. First edition, ISBN 978-1-904808-42-8 OUT OF PRINT

The Nursery “Alice” is intended for pre-school children “aged from Nought to Five”. Running to just under 7,000 words, it is considerably shorter than both Alice’s Adventures under Ground (15,500 words) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (27,500 words). Much of the narrative consists of the author’s addressing the young listener, explaining the story by reference to the illustrations. The effect is rather charming, particularly where Carroll pokes fun at features in Tenniel’s illustrations. These were quite skilfully and attractively coloured. Interestingly, Tenniel coloured Alice’s dress yellow with a blue trim and white apron, whereas nowadays most artists colour the dress in blue and white only.

Alice’s Adventures under Ground
By Lewis Carrolll
2009. ISBN 978-1-904808-39-8

On 26 November 1864, Dodgson gave Alice the handwritten manuscript of Alice’s Adventures under Ground, illustrated by Dodgson himself. At Christmas 1886 a facsimile edition of the manuscript was published. Several further facsimile editions have since appeared, and in them all, Dodgson’s careful handwriting can be seen.

This edition sets the text in type, thus making it easier to read than in facsimile. It is certainly well worth reading, although it is shorter than the final form of the story—Alice’s Adventures under Ground is just over 15,500 words in length, whereas Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is nearly twice as long, containing about 27,500 words. Since this is a typeset edition, capital letters are used regularly at the beginning of quoted speech even though they are often omitted in the manuscript; some other punctuation has been normalized. Many of these changes are also found in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
By Lewis Carroll
2009. ISBN 978-1-904808-38-2

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a tale of summer which Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) published for the first time in July 1865. Many of the characters in the book belong to a pack of cards. This story is a winter’s tale, which Carroll first published in December 1871. Much of this second story is based on the game of chess.

The heroine of the two books is Alice Liddell, daughter of the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, where Dodgson taught mathematics. Although Alice Liddell was born in 1852, twenty years later then Dodgson, she is kept in the two books as a little girl of seven years of age, the age she was when she Dodgson met her for the first time. It is clear from the pieces of poetry at the beginning and the end of this book that Carroll was very fond of Alice Liddell. One must remember, however, that Alice’s parents and Carroll fell out in 1864 and that he saw her very rarely after that date.

The Hunting of the Snark
By Lewis Carroll
2009. ISBN 978-1-904808-36-7

The Hunting of the Snark was first published in 1876, eleven years after Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and four years after Through the Looking-Glass. It is a master piece of nonsense and is connected to Through the Looking-Glass by its use of vocabulary from the poem “Jabberwocky”.

The Hunting of the Snark is a strangely dark poem, and some critics believe that its themes—insanity and death—are rather too adult in nature for children’s literature. We know, nonetheless, that Lewis Carroll intended the poem to be enjoyed by children: he dedicated the book in acrostic verse to his young friend Gertrude Chataway, and signed some 80 presentation copies to other young readers. Many of those inscriptions were in the form of an acrostic based upon the name of the child to whom the book was presented.

A New Alice in the Old Wonderland
By Anna Matlack Richards
2009. ISBN 978-1-904808-35-0

First published in 1895 in Philadelphia, thirty years after the initial publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Anna Matlack Richards’ A New Alice in the Old Wonderland is a splendid and worthy successor to Lewis Carroll’s original tales. Instead of Alice Liddell, it is Alice Lee who makes her way to Wonderland...

Richly illustrated in the style of John Tenniel by the author’s daughter, this book will delight any reader thirsting for a new adventure in Carroll’s wondrous world.

Wonderland Revisited and the Games Alice Played There
By Keith Sheppard
2009. ISBN 978-1-904808-34-3

Did Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass leave you yearning for more? Join Alice on her new journey and meet the extraordinary inhabitants of Wonderland, both familiar and new. If your bed turned into a boat and you found yourself “drifting off” in an entirely unexpected manner how would you find your way home? The Jack of Diamonds says it’s Alice’s own fault for being fast asleep—had she slept more slowly she wouldn’t be so far from home. The Red Queen, the Mah-jong Dragons, even the Red King’s Gamekeeper, all seem helpful enough at first—but things never quite turn out the way Alice hopes!

Brimming with wordplay, nonsense verse, and a cast of eccentric characters each with their own peculiar logic, this adventure is faithful to the style of the originals, picking up the pen where Lewis Carroll put it down. Be swept away on a torrent of humour and madness. Alice is back!

Treasure Island
By Robert Louis Stevenson, with illustrations by Louis Rhead
2010. ISBN 978-1-904808-33-6

It was in 1880 and 1881 that Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Treasure Island, which was begun at Braemar, Scotland, where his father aided him with suggestions from his own seafaring experiences. It was finished in the course of his second visit to Davos in the winter of 1881–1882. Treasure Island, which appeared when the author was thirty-one, was his first long romance, and it brought to him his first taste of popular success, when the story was published in book form. It was in October 1881, that this story began to appear as a serial in an English magazine called Young Folks. The title then was The Sea Cook, or Treasure Island, but when published in book form in May 1883, the name was simply Treasure Island, a name which has taken its place among the titles of far older classics. This edition contains the superb illustrations of Louis Rhead, which were first published in 1915. The Cornish translation is by Nicholas Williams, who also translated Louis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland into Cornish and into Irish.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas
By Jules Verne, translated by F. P. Walter
2009. ISBN 978-1-904808-28-2

For many, this book has been a source of fascination, surely one of the most influential novels ever written, an inspiration for such scientists and discoverers as engineer Simon Lake, oceanographer William Beebe, polar traveler Sir Ernest Shackleton. Likewise Dr Robert D. Ballard, finder of the sunken Titanic, confesses that this was his favourite book as a teenager, and Cousteau himself, most renowned of marine explorers, called it his shipboard bible. The present translation is a faithful yet communicative rendering of the original French texts published in Paris by J. Hetzel et Cie.—the hardcover first edition issued in the autumn of 1871, collated with the softcover editions of the First and Second Parts issued separately in the autumn of 1869 and the summer of 1870. Although prior English versions have often been heavily abridged, this new translation is complete to the smallest substantive detail.

The Primer
By Harriette Taylor Treadwell and Margaret Free
2009. ISBN 978-1-904808-26-8

This primer, first published in 1910, is intended for early readers, and for those who teach them. It has a relatively small vocabulary of just over 200 words, and presents nine classic stories: The Little Red Hen, The Ginger bread Boy, The Old Woman and the Pig, The Boy and the Goat, The Pancake, Chicken Little, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Tuppens, and Little Spider’s First Web.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
By Lewis Carroll
2008. ISBN 978-1-904808-16-9 OUT OF PRINT

Lewis Carroll is a pen-name: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was the author’s real name and he was lecturer in Mathematics in Christ Church, Oxford. Dodgson began the story on 4 July 1862, when he took a journey in a rowing boat on the river Thames in Oxford together with the Reverend Robinson Duckworth, with Alice Liddell (ten years of age) the daughter of the Dean of Christ Church, and with her two sisters, Lorina (thirteen years of age), and Edith (eight years of age). As is clear from the poem at the beginning of the book, the three girls asked Dodgson for a story and reluctantly at first he began to tell the first version of the story to them. There are many half-hidden references are made to the five of them throughout the text of the book itself, which was published finally in 1865.