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Puffin Covers 9: Through the Looking Glass

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Puffin Story Book 44, first Puffin edition 1948

I was browsing the BBC news website this morning when this article caught my eye. I find it hard to believe people are still asking these questions but there you go. As far as I’m concerned, the way you read the Alice books as a child is the way they’re meant to be read. If you like them, they’ll give you just as much pleasure when you’re grown up.

This Puffin edition contains the original Tenniel illustrations, which for me are still the best. The introduction by ‘E.G.’ (presumably Eleanor Graham, then editor of Puffin Books), is very erudite for a children’s book; it explains amongst other things the origins of the parodies. Rather a nice thing to have.

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Ah lovely - this was my childhood edition Barbara. I can picture it on the shelf right next to When We Were Very Young (in the ppbk edition as well) and little hardcovers of the different Flower Fairies. I agree the Tenniel illustrations are my favourite.
Glad to bring back the memories! The copy I read as a child was my mother's, one of those old olive green books.
Lovely. I've never seen that cover before.
Isn't it nice? Can't remember where I picked it up but I was pleased to get it.
Lovely cover! It's one of the relatively few books I have multiple copies of, but I don't have this one.
I have at least two of this and probably three of AIW, including my mother's childhood Bessie Pease edition. Oh, and I put it on the Kindle, too!