Through the looking glass and what Alice found there

by Lewis Carroll

Other authorsSir John Tenniel (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1993




New York : Morrow, c1993.


In this sequel to "Alice in Wonderland" Alice goes through the mirror to find a strange world where curious adventures await her.

Media reviews

A continuation of a book that has proved very popular seldom is successful, and we cannot say that we think that Alice's last adventures by any means equal to her previous ones. Making every allowance for the lack of novelty, and our own more highly raised expectations, it seems to us that the paradies are slightly less delightfully absurd, the nonsense not so quaint, the transitions rather more forced. There is not that air of verisimilitude which somehow made the wildest improbabilities seem perfectly natural. Still with all this, in "Through the Looking-glass" the author has surpassed all modern writers of children's books except himself. To seek for a rival equally as deserving of the veneration of the nursery we must go back to the unknown genius that produced "Puss in Boots."

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LibraryThing member bereneezypie
Although I like this book, I didn't find it nearly as entertaining as Alice in Wonderland. In Wonderland, it seemed as if the silliness came natural, whereas this book seemed to be forcing it a little (at the times it was silly).
LibraryThing member Breton07
I liked this edition so much. I enjoyed re-reading the book since my childhood. However, being able to see how Lewis Carroll's own illustrations influenced Sir John Tenniel's was inspiring! Their collaboration really worked!
I've always felt this book was a second home for me. I had a chance to read about the world as its crazy self. It is a coming of age story about a girl who is curious, outspoken, and opinionated. A great fantasy novel reflects who we are-sometimes hugely important, sometimes small and inconsequential.

One of my favorite poems,"Jabberwocky", is in this book.

-Breton W Kaiser Taylor
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LibraryThing member marsap
Through the Looking Glass is the sequel to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Set about 6 months, Alice again enters a fantastical world, but this time climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond it. The looking-glass world she enters takes the form of a giant chessboard, the squares divided by hedges and brooks. Nothing is quite what it seems. Carroll explores concepts of mirror imagery, time running backward, and strategies of chess, through stories and characters of the Red and White Queens, the White Knight (who is my favorite character), Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Humpty Dumpty and more. The book is full of full of humor, word play, puzzles and rhymes and well as two poems that have taken on a life of their own "Jabberwocky" and "The Walrus and the Carpenter." Though I enjoyed Alice’s Adventure—this sequel was a nice treat—perfect for the whole family. 4 out of 5 stars.… (more)
LibraryThing member HippieLunatic
I was not thoroughly impressed with this book, at least with the prose portions of it. I will have to give Carroll credit, though. His poetry is able to calm the fiercest roars of my infant.

Perhaps it would have helped my view of the book had I read Alice in Wonderland first.
LibraryThing member parissea
I think this is one of the strangest story in the world. A lot of strnge characters and strange words appear in the iooking-glass's wrold. For example, "tomorrow jam" "Humpty Dumpty." Alice, the heroine, met many unresonable things.
I like Alice, so I am angry with looking-glass's people. I was confused by theories that they have. But thinking about their theories is interesting.… (more)
LibraryThing member andyray
this is an in expensive hardback American reprint from Burt & Co., 1915, but complete with Teneille's etchings. I was surprised to find the poem "Father Williams" not in this volume. Now I wonder where I have read it. The only poem I remember well from my first reading (circa 1952) is "The Carpenter and the Walrus" and their feasting on the little oysters. Somehow it doesn't seem so terrible as it did back then. Possibly my senses have been jaded by reams of King and Koontz and Freddy Kruger.This, along with "Alice in Wonderland" which are often published together, remains Thomas Dodgson's most enduring works.… (more)
LibraryThing member k_juice14
Not a big fan of it. The whole nonsene fiction thing wears on me after a while
LibraryThing member ronta
One day, Alice, who is a heroine, puts herself into a looking-glass and then her adventure starts. She experienced many strange things; speaking chessman, Humpty Dumpty which is a famous character and so on.This book wuold make you enjoy reading.
LibraryThing member teenygozer
Published by the Henry Altemus Company as part of a series, no info other than "Philadelphia". It is part of the Altemus Series.
LibraryThing member ALoyacano
I personally think that this is better than the book that is thrown at us as children. The Walrus and the carpenter alone are enough to make the book a classic.
LibraryThing member Janientrelac
Wonderful illustrations,including several of a sheep knitting.
LibraryThing member emvuu
Just like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland this is yet another classic from Carroll. His imagination goes yonder into a field unknown! The idea of her entering the opposite world of a mirror with the irony of playing forward on a chess board.

It is just unreal, fantastic!
LibraryThing member nieva21
I love Alice through the Looking Glass so much more than Alice in Wonderland, if that's even possible, because I love both of these, but reading this classic sequel not only showed me how Alice is tested and prodded by the eccentric friends she meets, but it shows more of her creativity coming out of her. This book teaches children that impossible can still happen, even if they doubt that it will. She's a uniquely changed character from the first work, in that she is no longer naive but has gained perspective on adapting to new people and new places. I almost wish her adventures would continue. This book should be taught as a part of language arts curriculum that's required for young children in around second and third grades. Fantastic to read, sing with, and recite the poems (that are more widely known than the first written work).… (more)
LibraryThing member lorraineh
Honestly, I am not sure I got the story!
I loved the crazy writing but the story was so confusing. It felt like a lot of short stories linked together with some random element,
It is a poor relation of alice in wonderland (which I loved).
LibraryThing member jeffome
MUCH better than Alice in Wonderland....very clever word-play....a story that actually was enough of a story i was somewhat interested...but again, i say, I'm probably just too old to connect with this....relieved to have gotten these off of my list.
LibraryThing member wouterzzzzz
Not as good as Alice's Adventures, but still I very much enjoyed reading this book.
LibraryThing member phaga
I liked Wonderland more, the characters were more memorable and it was easier to stay interested. I still enjoyed reading this though and loved the part with Humpty Dumpty.
LibraryThing member Jaguar897
Audio. This never picked up for me. I found the narrator boring and I think he is the same guy that narrated The Secret Benedict Society which I also never finished. I absolutely hate his voice. The story itself made no sense and jumped from one scene to the next. Tweedledee and Tweedledum were annoying and the narrator’s voice didn’t help matters either. I won’t be picking this one back up.… (more)
LibraryThing member jensenc
Much better than Alice in wonderland, but still just ok.
LibraryThing member rollchan
Alice was through the looking-glass.
She become chess piece abd move on the looking-glass world as a piece.
She meet many strange characters there.
In the end,you will notice whose dream is it!

I like Hampty Dumpty best of all characters.
When he uses a word,he decides the means what he choose it to mean,for example an unbirthday-present which means a present we are gave except an our birthday,364days in a year.
In this story,many poems appear
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LibraryThing member she_climber
This has to top my list as the worst book ever. I wouldn't have even finished it other than it was so short. It is nothing but endless blather following utter nonesense in between dialouge so circular that it gave me motion sickness. How is this a classic??
LibraryThing member vwhitt
The second installment of Alice’s adventure happens when she travels through the looking glass on the mantelpiece. In this looking glass house she finds a room not unlike her own. While there, she is introduced to new creatures such as live chess pieces, talking flowers, insects, and an egg (which can be seen in the original cartoon of Alice in Wonderland). This looking glass world is just as interesting as Wonderland was. Here, Alice meets both the Red and White queen (from the chess board). They tell her she can become a queen too. In order to do that, she must move through the various levels of the looking glass world like one would a chess game. At the celebration, things went haywire and Alice awoke in her drawing room. Just like in Wonderland, she was left wondering if she dreamt it all. I really like both this tale and the tale of Wonderland for children because it allows them to imagine and dream. These are traits every child should harvest. They are also traits parents should encourage rather than suppress like many today are.

Details: This novel was writtent o interest children in grades 3-6 and is on a 5.9 reading level
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LibraryThing member MsNikki
The follow-up to Alice in Wonderland. I simply could not ignore the sequel, if I dare call it that.
LibraryThing member ccookie
First line:
~ One thing was certain, that the white kitten had had nothing to do with it: — it was the black kitten’s fault entirely ~

I found my reaction to this book pretty much the same as my reaction to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I enjoyed some of it but mostly found it tedious and boring. Just not enough in there for me. Or else I am not seeing what is in there?

I did, however really get a kick out of the Jabberwocky and The Walrus and the Carpenter. They alone are worth the read! (Poems 4.0 stars)
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LibraryThing member john257hopper
I found this sequel less entertaining than Wonderland. The basic idea of a topsy turvy world within a mirror and the Red and White Queens being Alice's kittens is good, but I found a lot of this a bit flat. The Jabberwocky is a great nonsense poem, though. 3.5/5



Local notes

one book in a boxed set of two books


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