World Book Day coming up!

On March 2nd, it will be World Book Day again! A great reason to re-read “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and/or “Through the Looking Glass”, or to organize a Mad Tea Party!

A Mad Tea Party or Unbirthday party is the best way to introduce your children to these classics tales. Do read my mad tea party ideas for inspiration.

Below are some costumes and items that are perfect to celebrate World Book Day:

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Large collection of Alice in Wonderland books and memorabilia on sale

On February 8th, one of the largest collections of Alice in Wonderland books and memorabilia in the world will be put up for auction in Oxford.

The auction is called the “Oxford Authors Sale” and will be in auction house Mallams, Oxford (UK). It concerns the collection by the late Thomas Schuster, an international antiquarian books and prints dealer, and his wife Alice.

The collection consists of about 3,000 Alice related items they collected over the course of 25 years, amongst which are books, porcelain, artwork, posters, toys, dolls and ephemera. They range from the rare and academically important to the bizarre.

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Looking-Glass House: The Lost Manuscript of “Through the Looking-Glass” by Lewis Carroll

Many autors have attempted to write stories in ‘Wonderland’ style, pretending them to be recently recovered ‘lost’ stories by Lewis Carroll. This book is different. It is Carroll’s original “Through the Looking Glass” tale, but in a ‘lost format’.

looking-glass-house“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” first appeared as a manuscript called “Alice’s Adventures Underground“. It was written purely for the amusement of Lewis Carroll’s child-friend Alice Liddell, without any intention to publish it, and it had his own drawings in it. He gave the manuscript to her as a Christmas present.

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151th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland!

Today it is exactly 151 years ago that the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was published.

first-edition-replica-of-aaiwThe story arose at 4 July 1862, when Lewis Carroll (pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), was on a boat trip with a friend, Alice, and her sisters Lorina and Edith. Alice grew restless and begged Dodgson for a story “with lots of nonsense in it”. So started the famous tale, which was continued on further outings, and was later expanded for publication.

The book was first printed on 4 July 1865, exactly 3 years after the famous boat trip, but this printing was rejected by Lewis Carroll and John Tenniel. The new publishing date was set on 18 November 1865.


Read more about the origins of the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ story

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