While "Looking Glass" has been available to readers for many years, this edition has the distinct advantage of superb and colorful illustrations. These picture-izations of things taking place in the story add immensely to the joy and fun of the whole work of fantasy/satire. I was delighted to obtain a copy! It's just the sort of book to share with a young reader, or to read aloud while showing the illustrations. The artist has done a real work of comic and active art with skill and genius, to accompany Lewis Carroll's amazing tale of Alice and her Looking Glass world.
One of the first books I bought on Kindle was the free version of Alice in Wonderland, which has no pictures.
As Alice herself says, 'what is the use of a book without pictures or conversations?
Without the pictures it is simply not the same reading experience.
Recently, I borrowed the Annotated Alice from the library and read both Alice books that way, with the full text of both books, the Tenniel pictures, and annotations, including the origins of various nursery rhymes, and explaining various references. Although you could read Alice without this, all this does considerably enhance the reading experience.
I also own a version of Aiw by Sterling Classics, which has outstanding color illustration by Robert Ingpen, with art on every page turn which would be a talking point on any bookshelf, and one you would love to show off to visitors. I originally bought this as a gift, but I am very reluctant to part with it.
So, in searching around for an illustrated version you can read on Kindle, I don't think it's possible to do better than the BLTC version of ATTLG, which this is. It has all the Tenniel pictures. In fact the grayscale on the Kindle gives them an extra dimension in shading, that I did not see on the paperback version which was very black and white in look. I consider this my best Kindle purchase in terms of quality and useability and pictures on Amazon so far.
With Alice, with the variety of creatures some unfamiliar and hence difficult to imagine, a picture does paint a thousand words. What does a jabberwocky or a gryphon look like?
Unfortunately, as all reviews of every version are lumped into each review, it makes it very difficult to assess the merits of a particular edition. Amazon needs to separate these out to help the customer.
If you want to read illustrated books on Kindle I highly recommend this publisher. Just put BLTC Press in Amazon search bar, to search out their other titles many are well known titles, judging from other purchases well formatted, and some of which are illustrated.
I hope you found this helpful, and I think you will love it.
Alice returns to yet another madcapped adventure. As Alice plays around with her kittens, Snowdrop and Kitty, she unwittingly steps through the mirror into another world reminiscent of Wonderland. Along with Alice, we meet the marvelous characters of the Red Queen, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the White Queen, Humpty Dumpty, a lion, a unicorn and the White Knight. Through the Looking Glass is interspersed with oddly amusing poems like the Jabberwocky, The Walrus and the Carpenter, The White Knight’s Song and Hush-a-by lady. But the grandest of all has to be Lewis Caroll’s final poem…“A boat, beneath a sunny sky…”
In a Wonderland they lie, Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the summers die:
Ever drifting down the stream -- Lingering in the golden gleam -- Life what is it but a dream?
This Kindle edition is an EXCELLENT choice - 5 stars. 5 stars is also for the original book. I sampled many Alice in Wonderland and all the Through the Looking Glass books I could find available (at Amazon and Gutenberg org - though today I discover some I missed). I believe I found that the best available editions, if you want both, are:
The Bompacrazy at .99 Alice in Wonderland (Illustrated) or Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Illustrated) (these two appear to be exactly the same from the samples as both have the 'blotted out' picture of the Drink Me tag): this is almost as good a choice, though not quite as well formatted. The sample has a Rackham illustration (and there may be more) as well as the many Tenniel, though, which is a plus.
Today I discovered the Master Edition The Complete Alice in Wonderland (Kindle Master Editions) which I missed before (likely because I was concentrating on Through the Looking Glass, which has far fewer editions, and then pursuing the 'matching' Alice in Wonderlands). Today the price is .89 and I am going to buy it. It is at least as well formatted as the BLTC (based on the sample) and has even more Alice writings (beyond Wonderland and Looking Glass) as well as essays and historical info and other 'add-ons'. He has all the illustrations from Tenniel and additional ones from Holliday and Carroll (I think he should add Rackham's, too).
The free Gutenberg org versions - lacked the improved linking and formatting, but there are various illustrated editions; may be worth it to you if .99 is too much or you are looking for something other than Tenniel.
I did see a kindle version of an 'Original First Edition' Alice which appears to be illustrated by Arthur Rackham - in case you are looking for that one instead of the better known John Tenniel version. Alice In Wonderland - Original First Edition Version Published For Kindle - Lewis Carroll That edition has no Tenniel illustrations in the sample; also the text seems to be abridged (or just maybe an earlier version?) and the formatting is poor. Note that the picture of Alice looking at the Cheshire Cat in a tree that appears on this linked product page is not the cover that appears on the downloaded sample; the cover that does appear is of Alice walking with the Duchess and looks like this kindle book: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass - now for more typical Amazon mis-linked craziness, this latter edition has Tenniel illustrations, but beware that they are very small thumbnails and enlarge to very poor quality. I do not recommend either of these editions. The Rackham is available at Gutenberg for free.
As many others have said, the basic Kindle edition is a very poor choice, and most others also lack the illustrations. Thank goodness for samples.