The Royal Mail has released a series of 10 stamps featuring quite-lovely new illustrations based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which was published 150 years ago. Grahame Baker-Smith's artworks also form the basis of a new pop-up book.
Grahame's illustrations include some of the book's best-known scenes including Alice falling down the rabbit hole that begins her adventures and drinking the potion that shrinks her (shown here). There are also portraits of the book's iconic characters such as the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen and the White Rabbit.
The pop-up book (shown here) has been created by Walker Books, publisher of some of the best children's picture books around including Jon Klassan's I Want My Hat Back and Chris Haughton's A Bit Lost.
The stamps are available from your local post office for sending letters and parcels – as well as presentation sets and framed prints from royalmail.com/alice. i'm very tempted to buy the Wonderland bundle for my daughter, Alice.
Alice has been represented by a wide range of illustrators, filmmakers, animators and even game designers in the last 150 years. The best known are Sir John Tenniel's book illustrations from 1865 (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) and 1871 (Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There), Mary Blair's designs for Disney's animated film and Tim Burton's recent film version – though more unusual versions of her have been created by Ralph Steadman (best known for his artworks for Hunter S Thompson), Moomins creator Tove Jannsen and game designer American Magee.
Walker Books' new version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland features pop-up illustrations with excerpts of its text.
Alice surrounded by a pack of cards.
This 81p stamp features Alice and the Cheshire Cat.
Another 81p stamp features The Mad Hatter's tea party.
Alice's game of croquet is on one of the £1.28 stamps.
The other features the Red Queen.
The White Rabbit running away from Alice is on the 2nd Class stamp.
The 1st Class stamp shows Alice growing to an unnatural size.
The £1.47 stamp sees Alice giving evidence in court.