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12 We Love: Alice in Wonderland

by Catherine O'Dolan on 09/02/2016

2015 was a big year for Alice and her crazy cohorts as Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasty story celebrated its 150th anniverary. 

And you won’t find a better role model for imaginative and fantasy play than poster girl, Alice and her memorable adventures in a curious world.

Lewis Carroll’s original manuscript with hand-drawn illustrations is housed at the British Library. Take a peek at the Alice In Wonderland exhibition which runs until April 17, 2016, alongside stunning editions by some of the famous artists who have illustrated the book including Mervyn Peake, Ralph Steadman, Leonard Weisgard, Arthur Rackham, Salvador Dali and others. There is also a Pop-Up Shop showcasing the best Alice memorabilia this side of Wonderland.

For curious young minds, there’s also an Alice in Wonderland Discovery Day on February 20, where kids are encouraged to dress up for a jam-packed day of Alice-inspired hilarity and playful antics. Meet some of Alice’s fabulous friends and wonderfully wicked foes, take part in drawing, collage and crochet workshops, enjoy theatrical performances and indulge in scrumptious treats.

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1. Alice Doll £25 from British Library Scandinavian-inspired cotton cushion by Etsy designer Gunna Ydri. Measures 35 x 15 cm.

2. Presentation Set of Alice In Wonderland Stamps £10 from Post Office Shop Ten stamps depicted memorable scenes from the book, illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith.

3. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Robert Sabuda (Simon & Schuster, £20) Amazing pop-ups by the supreme master of paper engineering.

4. Rabbit doll £25 from British Library Companion doll for Alice, designed by Etsy designer Gunna Ydri. Measures 38.5 x 15 cm.

5. Pop! Disney Alice in Wonderland £10 by Funko Collectible mini stylised figurine by the popular cult brand. 9.5cm

6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Tove Jansson (Tate Publishing, £12.99) Moomin creator Jansson lends her own brand of whimsy to Carroll’s famous characters.

7. Alice in Wonderland Finger Puppets £21.99 by Fiesta Crafts Award-winning set of five character finger puppets, perfect for storytelling fun and imaginative play.

8. Disney Alice T-Shirt and Tutu Set £34 by Mamas & Papas (ages 0–12 months) T-shirt featuring classic Disney Alice and red netting tutu with wonderland embellishment.

9. Alice in Wonderland Tea Set $99.99 by Reutter Featuring the original John Tenniel illustrations, each porcelain piece is hand-embellished in real gold.

10. Little Master Carroll Alice in Wonderland (Gibbs Smith, £5.99) from British Library  This BabyLit Colors Primer has cheeky illustrations and bright colours to engage babies and toddlers.

11. Flamingo & Hedgehogs Croquet Lamp £35 from British Library Part of a gorgeous handmade interiors collection by Etsy designers ChaComLetras.

12. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (Walker Book, £7.99) Beautiful and soft water-colour renditions of Alice by the award-winning illustrator.

1. Alice Doll
2. Alice in Wonderland 150th Anniversary Stamps
3. Alice in Wonderland by Robert Sabuda
4. White Rabbit Doll
5. Alice Pop! Vinyl Figure
6. Alice in Wonderland by Jove Jansson
7. Finger Puppets Set by Fiesta Crafts
8. Disney Alice T-Shirt and Tutu by Mamas & Papas
9. Alice in Wonderland Teaset by Reutter
10. Little Masters Alice in Wonderland
11. Flamingo Lampshade
12. Alice In Wonderland by Helen Oxenbury

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