Summer 2015 will mark the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s deeply beloved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Gottmer too will be celebrating this joyous occasion by publishing a very special new edition of this classic book and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, combined in 1 band, with brand-new illustrations by Floor Rieder – alicewell known for her magnificent work on the multi-award winning non-fiction book The Mystery of Life. With her distinctive, elaborate and contemporary drawings, Rieder successfully creates a witty and timeless Alice you fall in love with instantly.  


The illustrations for this book are done in a very special technique close to the scratchboard technique, which was highly popular in the 19th century. In this old technique, the illustrations were cut out with a sharp knife in a layer of Chinese clay, which itself was covered in a layer of ink. In the illustrations for Alice, Floor chose to work with layers of glass in stead of clay, for an even finer result. After cutting into the glass, she scanned in the glass layers and coloured them in the computer. Floor chose to work with “Japan-esque” colours (dark turquoise and salmon pink), with a bright orange as signal colour to give them a more modern and a bit of a “psychedelic” feel. The original illustrations made by John Tenniel were used as a directory.



Winner of the 2014 Most Beautiful Dutch Book Cover Award.

Floor Rieder (1985) studied illustration at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Zwolle. After her studies she moved to Amsterdam, where she began illustrating for newspapers and magazines. In 2013, Floor debuted as a children’s book illustrator with the multi-award winning The Mystery of Life, which gained her a Golden Paintbrush and instant national recognition.