|Cover picture from Random House|
Probably the best children's book in the world.
Lewis Carroll (real name: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson): English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer.
It tells the story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world (the Wonderland of the title) populated by peculiar and anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic in ways that have given the story lasting popularity with adults as well as children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre, and its narrative course and structure have been enormously influential, especially in the fantasy genre. (source: Wikipedia)
If you’re fond of chess, you ought to read Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, a sequel to the infamous classic literature Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865). While the first book personifies an imagery of playing cards, here on the second book Alice was engrossed in a chess adventure with her imaginary friends on the other side of a mirror’s reflection where opposites and backwards are set to disembark her in a mixture of bizarre scenarios. (source: Book Lover's Lounge)
Bought it in Mumbai, read it during my trip to Goa and left it in an apartment in Bandra to be found by the beautiful Megumi.
Edit: Also check out Lenny's site where you can read the books online. It also has a collection of all the original illustrations.
Edit 2: Wim in Wonderland