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This illustrated version of the classic nonsense verse is "a triumph of Zalben's imagination, and a handsome production in all ways".--Publishers Weekly. Full color....

Title : Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky
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ISBN : 9781563970801
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky Reviews

  • Miriam
    2019-03-07 12:02

    Review of this particular edition, GOODREADS, yes, different editions are not interchangeable; why do you have such difficulty grasping that? (If anyone wondered, no, I did not listen to the Bible in Spanish on audiobook.)The text is the poem "Jabberwocky"; I'm sure you know it, but I'll post the text in a spoiler fold just in case.(view spoiler)[’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.“Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!”He took his vorpal sword in hand; Long time the manxome foe he sought—So rested he by the Tumtum tree And stood awhile in thought.And, as in uffish thought he stood, The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,Came whiffling through the tulgey wood, And burbled as it came!One, two! One, two! And through and through The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!He left it dead, and with its head He went galumphing back.“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock? Come to my arms, my beamish boy!O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!” He chortled in his joy.’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. (hide spoiler)]The illustrations, on the other hand, are an Orwellian future of surveillance and propaganda depicted in a style reminiscent of Otto Dix's war veterans. In Jorisch's version the son sets out on his mission of violence to please his elderly veteran father. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jo (A rather Bookish Geek)
    2019-03-08 16:02

    This has been a firm favourite of mine throughout the years. Instead of a bedtime story, I demanded The Jabberwocky. It never got old, it never got tiresome. Sure, it's essentially a lot of nonsense, but that is what makes it so wonderful.

  • Emily Ross
    2019-03-07 10:10

    I really liked the poem, I thought it was nonsense but really nice. My complaint is specific to this audiobook that I was listening to, and that was the background effects. They fit with the poem but they were rather distracting and for how short the poem actually is, I don't feel that it needed them at all.

  • Nathan
    2019-02-24 12:56

    Ah, Graeme Base and Lewis Carroll. Over a frumious Bandersnatch they would have become great friends, I think, had they lived in the same century.I stumbled on this book while exploring Jabberwocky. I remembered Base's The Eleventh Hour (my favorite book as a kid), so picked it up.The book was in the library's children section. This makes sense, but it's also sad. Carroll's poem and Base's illustration marry into a rich story for even the curious adult.Two pages in particular caught me: The illustration of the son waiting at the Tumtum tree with the background emerging foot of the Jabberwock. And Base's final picture of the Jabberwock's head mounted amongst others. They each put a twist on Carroll's poem. Was the Jabberwocky just one amongst others...?"O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" Both poem and artwork here are beautiful. It stirs a creative chord in me. Recommended for all.

  • Levi
    2019-02-24 15:59

    I've always loved this poem and I spotted this at the library today. There are some fantastic (in many senses of the word) drawings. This helped bring out the poem's charm, even if things weren't quite as I envisioned them in my head. Awesome edition of this classic poem!

  • Leanne Stoltzfus
    2019-03-05 13:52

    Jabberwocky by Lewis CarrollThis classic poem is printed throughout the book with stunning illustrations by Stephane Jorisch that helps the visualizations come to life. This interactive book helps grab the interest of 3-5 grade students although quite gruesome. This poem is filled with non-sense words which allow for interpretation from the audience. These gibberish words allow for participation from the reader. My personal interpretation of the poem through the pictures and words: The monster that is the Jabberwocky comes to live throughout the book which strikes fear in the characters and the reader. The illustrations lead the reader to believe that there is a war against the Jabberwocky. There are images with veterans and military propaganda on the TVs. The mother in the story warns her son “Beware of the Jabberwocky” multiple times. The son gets a special sword and ends up murdering the Jabberwocky in a bloody scene. There continues to be a lengthy recessional for the funeral of the dreaded Jabberwocky. At the very end of the book, the last picture leads the reader to believe that this was the active imagination of a young boy and two of his friends acting out the sense with make-believe toys and swords. Interestingly enough, when I picked this book I talked about it with the librarian. I had asked her if the pictures helped understand the story with the nonsense words. She responded no because she already had experiences with this poem from Alice in Wonderland and read the story through that particular lens. I think this could be a cool talking point for people who read this particular book or read this poem published by different companies and discuss the interpretations of the intriguing poem with the support of different illustrators and themes. This could even be a challenge book for a book club to find different versions of this book and then discuss their interpretation of the poem. I think this book could be used in a variety of ways in the elementary classroom. My favorite idea of how this book could be used in the classroom is this book could be the start to a study on language. Looking at the nonsense words and discovering why these words have interpretations and that reader of this book can understand the flow of the story even with the addition of these gibberish words. This book can allow for the study of the origins of language and the creation of the English language with the different base or root words scattered throughout the language. Another exciting way to use this book in the classroom is to explain how the poem evokes emotion without many words and some nonsense words. The discussion could focus on how through illustration, text font, and concise wordings the effect of the story can still be portrayed. I think that some times that these words, without deep thought of the specific gibberish words can allow the imaginations of the reader to change or alter the readers’ experience. Naturally this book can be used on a unit of poetry. The way the words are printed, each page has a different rhyming scheme or none at all. This lesson could discuss the variety and flexibility that poets have when writing. This poem also shows that one could make up words to convey an emotion or get their point across in a unique and memorable way. I think this poem could be used in the 3-5 classroom with relative ease and quality instruction and comprehension.

  • GeraniumCat
    2019-03-04 14:10

    I bought this for the illustration, having discovered it during a Pinterest trawl. Graeme Base is an Australian artist, and brings an exoticism to the poem which works well with the verbal inventiveness of the text. Strange beasts and birds frolic through the pages (gyring and gimbling in the wabe?), while the beamish young knight sets forth on his charger, eventually to encounter the Jabberwock.What more can I say? If you love this poem as much as I do, then I think you'll enjoy the colour and vivacity of the artwork, and if you've already got multiple versions, I'm sure you won't mind adding another. If you don't know the poem - well then, you ought to. Go and find it.

  • Dianna
    2019-03-20 13:15

    I've been reading my four-year-old all the editions of Jabberwocky I can get my hands on, because he loves the poem. I found this one in the teen section and it should definitely stay there. :)The illustrations seem to depict some sort of futuristic, fantastic military society and I didn't really get it. Of course, I was turning the pages a bit fast in places to keep my son from the blood. Whoops.

  • (NS)Jordyn
    2019-03-22 17:01

    One of the cool things about poems is the idea that everyone hears or sees something different in them. In this version of the Jabberwocky, the illustrator envisions the clash as a one on one basketball game between to extremely unmatched opponents. The illustrations and colors used in this book are phenomenal and may just entice even the most reluctant of poets (or poetry readers) to take a chance on an "old" poem redux. Useful with grades 3 and up (maybe even high school???).

  • Nerdylicious
    2019-03-14 13:50

    ***Read For school***Nonetheless, I really loved his nonsensical writing style!

  • Maggie Gordon
    2019-03-02 12:14

    My partner has a lot of love for the Jabberwocky, so when I discovered one of our favourite poetry series took a stab at this one, I had to grab it as a surprise! This particular series illustrates popular poems, and the imagery for Jabberwocky is strange and a bit surreal. It tells a confusing visual story that's quite fitting of the words that it follows.

  • Megan
    2019-03-09 11:54

    The text of Carroll's famous poem with beautiful full-page illustrations. There is more or less a two-page spread per two verses of the poem, and the illustrations are beautifully detailed and convey a great deal of emotion. My kids love it, and it's inspired them go to about killing Jibjub birds and Jabberwocks all over our house. It's a nice way to introduce heroic poetry to small children since the poem isn't very long, and the theme is clear and vividly portrayed in these illustrations. Even though some of the words are Carroll's own inventions, I see this as a bonus because you can talk with your kids about what they think the words mean based in the illustrations, and let them explore language that way. Even though Humpty Dumpty does explain most of the nonsense words in Through the Looking Glass, even he leaves a lot of it to the reader, and so I think introducing that sort of relationship with a text is great for little kids.

  • Marion Jacobs
    2019-02-24 17:59

    Again this was a book that I read when I too was at school. At the time I really enjoyed it and having re read it I feel the same. It is a really clever and witty short poem with lovely illustrations. It would make a really nice short story to read to the class and begin a small introduction and discussion into poetry. It could raise all kinds of questions in the class such as what differentiates a poem from a story, what is a poem and all other kinds of questions. The story is very simple, about a boy who slays a, what I can only describe as, horrid monster. What makes this poem stand out is the nonse words used in the poem and the way the author plays on childrens imagination through the wording and imagery used. As I said, this is a short fun read and would be great to read to the class. I think this book would be suitable for ages 6 and up.

  • Megan (ReadingRover)
    2019-03-12 13:08

    This book is a lovely illustrated version of the Jabberwocky poem from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. The poem is the same with all of its nonsense words left for your interpretation and the illustrations help to decode them. The illustrations in this book are beautifully painted with an almost dreamlike quality. They bring the magical beings like the borogroves and the jubjub birds to life. Humpty Dumpty moves from page to page walking you through the story. At the end there is a part called Annotations by Humpty Dumpty. This section is also an excerpt from the original book and it is a conversation between Alice and Humpty Dumpty in which he explains the meaning of the nonsense words from the poem to her. It made for quite a curious book!

  • Ilana Waters
    2019-03-24 12:50

    One of my favorite Graeme Base books (I really need to stop saying that about every one of his books). I love the re-imagining of the monster Jabberwock (pretty scary, actually!). Then there's the handsome prince who sets forth to slay him, whose outfit would not be out of fashion for a 1980's rock star (the book was published in the late 80's). There are the fantastical combinations of other creatures as well. And I love the funny little details--like the prince's horse--who has a different hood ornament on his head in every picture. I can't believe it took me so long to find this little treasure.

  • Lara
    2019-03-17 12:52

    Saw this version of Jabberwocky illustrated by Christopher Myers while pulling holds in junior nonfiction yesterday and was intrigued. Basketball is not what I've imagined when I've thought of this poem up until now, but it totally works! I liked the story the illustrations tell and how they made me think of this poem in a completely different way than I ever had before. Just a super cool concept--I want to read more re-imaginings of classic poems now!

  • Lauren Stoolfire
    2019-02-25 12:58

    This retelling of the classic nonsense poem has been reimagined within a basketball context; the Jabberwocky is a huge, scary basketball player and the Vorpal Sword is now a pair of basketball sneakers. The artwork is very bright yet ominous at the same time; these qualities are also reflected in the way the original text of the poem is presented on the page – large, uneven, and brightly colored. For children, I think it would be interesting to determine how they interpret the images and the words compared to the context of the original poem.

  • Marsha
    2019-03-22 13:17

    Jabberwocky is the first book in a classic poetry series illustrated by some of today’s most talented and imaginative artists. Newly re-imagined by the artist Stéphane Jorisch, this Jabberwocky becomes a treatise on warfare, gender roles, rigid expectations by those considered our elders and the self-serving babble spoken by those in authority. The true end of the Jabberwock exposes how monsters can be blown out of all proportion. Jorisch’s illustrations show a childlike simplicity with an adult message.

  • John
    2019-03-14 09:50

    I thought this was the best version of the Jabberwocky. Lewis Carroll and Graeme Base as a combination were so strong together. Such an imaginative, even somewhat scary book, that I really loved as a young reader. I checked this one out multiple times and still have a copy that I hope to share someday.

  • Biscuit
    2019-03-05 14:55

    I love this poem.I don't like this audio recording.The background sound effects frequently overwhelm the vocals and although the tavern performance setting is reasonable it takes almost the first full minute to get started.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-16 16:13

    Dark and adult, Stéphane Jorisch's illustrations reinterpret Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem as nonsense with a political purpose: the blustering call to a war that makes the warrior a monster too. Stark and thought-provoking, but not for kids.

  • Meghan
    2019-02-28 11:47

    I've always liked this poem, and these illustrations are fantastic! They're a bit dark, but I think that fits the poem. Available for purchase from Lulu, or to read for free at the illustrator's Deviant Art page:

  • Lora
    2019-03-23 10:54

    The story of the Jabberwocky which is written in a very poetic version of a story. I found it very easy to follow and fun story to read. I can see how it fits with the Alice in Wonderland story lines in the many films of Alice in Wonderland.Definitely a story I would read more than once.

    2019-03-04 09:57

    Loved it !I am a huge fan of nonsense, the absurd and made up words, which I have done my whole life. My pets are not exempt, my cat Francine gets called Franuschka and when I baby talk them, often times it is with silly made up words.A++++++

  • Eduard
    2019-03-01 10:54

    Read as part of The Norton Anthology of Poetry

  • Kerry
    2019-02-22 11:02

    Awesome illustrations to pair with the classic poem. I dug it!

  • Donalyn
    2019-03-18 15:51

    Lewis Carroll's classic nonsense poem reimagined as a basketball game.

  • Kaethe
    2019-03-22 14:11

    I love Lewis Carroll, and I love Graeme Base, so the two together? A must-have for my collection. I'm greedy like that.

  • Matthew
    2019-03-05 10:11


  • Renee
    2019-03-08 12:06

    I was very excited to read 'Jabberwocky'. Once I heard of Jabberwocky I automatically thought about Alice in Wonderland, which is my favorite book. While reading the poem, I realized that the word choice is for more of an older crowd. While reading, I had to look up some of the words. Even with the difficult words, you can still understand what's happening in the story. This poem is for more of 8th grade and up. I feel like the poem was quick and boring. I didn't enjoy the poem like I thought I was.