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Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll ; illustrated by Joel Stewart

Label
Jabberwocky
Title
Jabberwocky
Statement of responsibility
Lewis Carroll ; illustrated by Joel Stewart
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An illustrated version of the classic nonsense poem from "Through the Looking Glass."
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Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Stewart's (The Adventures of a Nose ) mixed media art is as winsome, witty and wacky as Carroll's tongue-tripping poem, which first appeared in the pages of Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There in 1872. The opening spread features the entire poem on one page, opposite a sepia-toned, Edward Gorey–esque portrait of a boy dancing on the arm of the chair in which his proper father sits holding a large open book on his lap. A flip of the page catapults readers into the land of the Jabberwock (" 'Twas brillig...), in living color. The verse continues, line by line: vest-wearing, long-tailed "slithy toves" frolic among the trees and blue-beak-nosed "borogoves" swing peacefully in hammocks while fairy-like "mome raths outgrabe" (or play musical instruments, according to Stewart's interpretation). Signs posted on trees ("Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!") as well as a background image of the wide-mouthed villain, with red-and-white striped tail and lips, hint at the trouble to come. Alas, the cherubic child from the opening portrait, here bedecked in striped pantaloons and helmet, uses his sword masterfully to slay the creature (who turns out to be robotic, not flesh and blood). The young hero then goes "galumphing back" to celebrate with the slithy toves before nodding off with the borogoves, as narrative and visuals return to their idyllic starting point. A fittingly fanciful interpretation of this classic nonsense verse. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed February 10, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 6, p184)
  • /* Starred Review */ It would be hard not to end up with an outstanding result when starting with such brilliant material as Carroll's "Jabberwocky," but Stewart's mixed-media illustrations suit the wry humor of this nonsense poem so perfectly it's hard to imagine it being interpreted as well by anyone else since Tenniel himself. The wide, thin-lipped visage of the Jabberwock is particularly reminiscent of Tenniel's drawings and provides a tribute to the definitive illustrator of Carroll's work. But there are many original touches, such as the clockwork inner workings of the beast and the imagining of what exactly things like "slithy toves," "borogoves," and "mome raths" are (here, various imaginary forest denizens, some of them birdlike, who relax in hammocks and play accordions). The dusky palette of tan, olive, dusty purple, pale blue, and brick red outlined in thin brown lends an antique feel, as does the pseudo-medieval costume worn by the boy as he hunts the "maxnome foe." Far from being frightening, the Jabberwock is positively dapper in his top hat and high, stiff collar, and the fact that his insides are mechanical keeps his dismemberment from being gory. It's helpful that the poem is printed in its entirety at the beginning, so readers and listeners can get their own imaginations started before digging in. This brilliantly original, yet respectful new rendering of an old favorite reminds those who've read it before of the infinite possibilities and pure fun in its interpretation, and will bring its delightful nonsense to a whole new audience. (Picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2003)
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121243
Cataloging source
DLC
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1832-1898
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Carroll, Lewis
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • -1
  • 1
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Stewart, Joel
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True
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  • Nonsense verses, English
  • Children's poetry, English
  • Nonsense verses
  • English poetry
Target audience
primary
Label
Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll ; illustrated by Joel Stewart
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
445539
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763620189
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002071425
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763620189
  • (Sirsi) ADI-6567
Label
Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll ; illustrated by Joel Stewart
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
445539
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763620189
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002071425
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763620189
  • (Sirsi) ADI-6567

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