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Jabberwocky Hardcover – September 4, 2007

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*Starred Review* Pulsing with vibrant color, this imaginative interpretation of Carroll's classic nonsense poem takes it out of the pages of Through the Looking Glass, into a contemporary urban setting, and onto the basketball court. The calmer 'Twas brillig verses that begin and end the poem are illustrated with children outdoors, skipping rope and playing at an open fire hydrant, while the more intense middle verses involve a young man challenging the fierce, enormous Jabberwock on the court. The Jabberwock, apparently some 20 feet tall and well equipped for blocking shots with his bulky frame and outsize, six-fingered hands, is no match for his nimbler, lighter-than-air opponent, who triumphs in the end (O FRABJOUS DAY! CALLOOH! CALLAY!). Against colors so fiery and intense that they seem to radiate heat, the imposing black shape of the Jabberwock and the shaded brown form of the hero create strong, often-silhouetted images that play out the scenes with a ferocious concentration of energy and more than a little magic. At the book's beginning and end, a painting faces a page of text in large, bold letters on bright, solid colors, with certain words highlighted in boxes in contrasting hues. The middle section, during the game, brings the action front and center, with words on the page right along with the artwork. Full of energy, this radiant version of Jabberwocky commands and rewards attention. Phelan, Carolyn

About the Author

LEWIS CARROLLis the author of the classic talesAlice's Adventures in WonderlandandThrough the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found Therewhich contains the beloved nonsense poemJabberwocky.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Jump At The Sun; Library Binding edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423103726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423103721
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), the pen name of Oxford mathematician, logician, photographer and author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, is famous the world over for his fantastic classics "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "Through the Looking Glass," "The Hunting of the Snark," "Jabberwocky," and "Sylvie and Bruno."

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. H. Jones on November 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Christopher Myers has created a picture book for all ages. This sporty interpretation of Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky is brilliantly illustrated. A 2007 must have for every library..home and school!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Whitney F. Sutherland on November 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
AMAZING book! First I started by reading Carroll's original poem to the class (1st graders). I asked them to put a picture in their head of what they thought the poem was about- then they shared their thoughts. Next I pulled out Myers' version of Jabberwocky, saying this was Myers' picture in his head- and he put it in a book for us. These kids could barely contain themselves! They were thrilled with the vibrant images and to hear the words they'd learned were from so long ago in a new context they could relate to. They were pointing, calling out, and making VERY insightful comments about the book and poem. I was gambling on whether 6/7 year olds would like/ be able to relate to it. It was a pleasure to see them enjoy words and symbols and art. They couldn't get enough! Thanks Christopher Myers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Charters on May 11, 2008
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"Jabberwocky" is a poem inside of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," rather than a stand-alone piece of literature. Yet because of its intricate use of language, both real and invented, it fairly demands to be recited, quoted, and referenced (in everything from advanced particle physics to James Joyce), despite being relegated to the outback of "children's literature."

But what does it mean? Christopher Myers has reinvented the poem, without changing one word, through a series of dramatic drawings. Yes, it is only 32 pages, but if you ever wanted to know what "reinvention" meant, you should read this book.
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By C. Jones on October 6, 2011
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What a fantastic book with so many educational uses. If you love the poem, you will never look at it the same again. It may be hard to imagine Jabberwocky as a one-on-one basketball game, but it totally works. Lewis Carroll's nonsense words combined with Chris Myers vivid pictures becomes the "trash talking". This book is great to teach visualization, inference, and clarifying strategies.
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