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The Resource Jabberwocky : the classic poem from Lewis Carroll's Through the looking glass, and what Alice found there, reimagined and illustrated by Chistopher Myers

Jabberwocky : the classic poem from Lewis Carroll's Through the looking glass, and what Alice found there, reimagined and illustrated by Chistopher Myers

Label
Jabberwocky : the classic poem from Lewis Carroll's Through the looking glass, and what Alice found there
Title
Jabberwocky
Title remainder
the classic poem from Lewis Carroll's Through the looking glass, and what Alice found there
Statement of responsibility
reimagined and illustrated by Chistopher Myers
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Reinterprets Lewis Carroll's famous poem about the dreaded Jabberwock
Writing style
Award
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books: 2007
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2007.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 4 Up— Myers cleverly translates Carroll's nonsense poem into a contemporary tale through sports imagery, including double Dutch and other sidewalk games, although basketball dominates. Visual metaphors anchor the nonsensical words and phrases: a boy's skill on the court represents the "vorpal sword"; flexible and angular, he outmaneuvers his opponent, the oversize jabberwock, whose elongated form stretches upward, larger than life. The boy soars over the outstretched arms of other players, displaying a dramatic one-handed hold on the ball; he sends it "through and through" past the jabberwock and "snicker-snack!" into the net. Victorious, he "chortle[s] in his joy" as he balances the orange ball on an index finger. The spectacular paintings have silhouetted figures on vibrant backgrounds, bringing to mind the summer sun setting on a playground in the city. The jaunty text is in capital letters in an extra-large black font, with some words highlighted in color. Libraries will want to own at least one copy of this dynamic presentation.—Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA --Kirsten Cutler (Reviewed August 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 8, p130)
  • In his kinetic interpretation of Carroll's famous verse, Myers (Jazz ) gives the poem a contemporary urban setting and a basketball theme. As the book begins, a girl looks over her shoulder while jumping rope with two others. A flip of the page shows what has distracted her: the dread Jabberwock, a towering, dark figure holding a basketball, flashing ominous-looking teeth (“The jaws that bite”) and displaying enormous, seven-fingered hands (“The claws that catch!”). A boy takes on the task of besting the beast, donning stark white shoes (“his vorpal sword”) and wordlessly challenging the Jabberwock to a game of one-on-one. Electric hues in the backdrops set off Myers's stylized figures and large multicolored font. While the merit of imposing a narrative logic on a work celebrated for its nonsense remains debatable, Myers's version will expose the Carroll classic to kids who otherwise may not encounter it. Ages 5-9. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed September 17, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 37, p53)
  • /* Starred Review */ Myers imagines an urban playground, small children playing happily until the Jabberwock arrives for an epic one-on-one basketball game with our unnamed hero. Striking visuals aid this transformation, placid blues and greens giving way to angry reds and oranges as the demonic Jabberwock enters, a tall, all-black figure with seven grasping fingers on a monstrously outsized hand. The juxtaposition of familiar text against new images yields beautifully felicitous interpretations: Our hero bows his head, the foreshortened perspective putting the emphasis on his hand resting against the chain-link fence, as the text reads, "So rested he by the Tumtum tree / And stood a while in thought." The actual conflict stretches over three spreads, a David-like hero confidently outsmarting the Goliath Jabberwock: "One, two! One, two! And through and through. . . ." Thus is order restored, and the children come out to play again. The choice of setting is brilliant, allowing the reader to join the artist in seeing the heroic possibilities in play. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10) (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
193287
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1832-1898
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Carroll, Lewis
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Myers, Christopher
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Children's poetry, English
  • Nonsense verses, English
  • Nonsense verses
  • English poetry
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Jabberwocky : the classic poem from Lewis Carroll's Through the looking glass, and what Alice found there, reimagined and illustrated by Chistopher Myers
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
655700
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781423103721
Lccn
2007018337
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781423103721
  • (OCoLC)124036266
Label
Jabberwocky : the classic poem from Lewis Carroll's Through the looking glass, and what Alice found there, reimagined and illustrated by Chistopher Myers
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
655700
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781423103721
Lccn
2007018337
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781423103721
  • (OCoLC)124036266

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