Jabberwocky (Visions in Poetry Series)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Jorisch (Suki's Kimono) recasts Carroll's nonsense comedy as a dystopia, setting it in a claustrophobic city among grim-faced people. The introduction lends an ominous note to Carroll's "All mimsy were the borogroves,/ And the mome raths outgrabe." In a storefront window, rows of televisions display a news announcer in a military uniform. Three amputees, whose peg legs and patched winter coats imply wartime poverty, lean on crutches and watch the broadcast. In a local dress shop, another TV pictures some creature's dinosaur-like jaws, while a man in a peaked soldier's cap urges a tailor to "Beware the Jabberwock, my son!" The tailor becomes the unlikely hero: he takes his "vorpal blade in hand" and seeks his manxome foe in the tulgey wood. The Jabberwock never appears in its entirety, and a splash of blood suffices to indicate its offstage demise (however, the book closes with an image of three children poking at a squirrel-size, beheaded animal near a curb). Jorisch zeroes in on death and meditates on monstrosity. Not only is the title creature slain, but the funeral of the tailor's father closes the narrative. Like the satirical cartoons of Saul Steinberg or George Grosz, Jorisch's spidery ink-and-pencil images suggest conflict and absurd despair; his swooping bird's-eye views and unsettling world-gone-wrong themes echo the surreal work of Shawn Tan or Dave McKean. "Jabberwocky" is an ambiguous tale, but one with a generally upbeat ending. Jorisch leaches it of whimsy and emphasizes its darker side. Carroll fans will miss the original's nuanced playfulness. Ages 8-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Lewis Carroll's (1832-1898) "Jabberwocky" first appeared in Through the Looking Glass, but has since taken on a life of its own. It is a nonsense poem with many interpretations, one of the most interesting of which is Stéphane Jorisch's. An acclaimed Canadian illustrator, Jorisch has also created designs for the Cirque du Soleil. The Cirque's surrealistic influences are readily evident in Jorisch's graphic novelette set in an Orwellian future. Rendered in pencil, ink, watercolor, and Adobe Photoshop, his pictures narrate the quest of the hero for the beast, love, and his father's respect. The vision bursts off the pages in stark, dramatic, unforgettable images. This is a very impressive book—a booklover's book—made more so by the quality of its glossy pages, tasteful endpapers, and binding equal to a Folio Society volume. Kudos for "Visions in Poetry" and the affordable collectors' editions the series is producing for everyman. 2004, KCP Poetry/Kids Can Press, Ages 10 up.
—Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Jorisch interprets "Jabberwocky" as "a provocative commentary on contemporary media, politics, warfare, religion and gender roles." The stark, dreamlike world shown in his pencil, ink, watercolor, and Adobe Photoshop illustrations is a blend of realism and the bizarre; haute couture and frump; past and future. Huge flowerlike funnels rise from stems in the ground and from pots in a store window. Microphones, video cameras, and a photographer record the quest for the Jabberwock, the ensuing battle, and the kill. The story depicted involves an old soldier who sends his son-a tailor-off to kill the nebulous enemy so that the older man can die in peace; the poem ends with his funeral. Jorisch's visual interpretation of the poem is both provocative and personal, and it incorporates a worldliness and familiarity with human nature that most people achieve only through life experience, making it most appropriate for adults. Joel Stewart's nonsensical illustrations for the poem (Candlewick, 2003) are more appropriate for younger children.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553370796
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Series: Visions in Poetry Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 951,908
  • Age range: 10 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll
It's possible that if Lewis Carroll had never met Alice Liddell, he might have enjoyed a more peaceful lifetime and an obscure legacy. But his whimsical inventiveness touched everything he did, and a story he made up one afternoon for a little girl became one of literature's great classics, Alice in Wonderland.

Biography

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was a man of diverse interests -- in mathematics, logic, photgraphy, art, theater, religion, medicine, and science. He was happiest in the company of children for whom he created puzzles, clever games, and charming letters.

As all Carroll admirers know, his book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), became an immediate success and has since been translated into more than eighty languages. The equally popular sequel Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, was published in 1872.

The Alice books are but one example of his wide ranging authorship. The Hunting of the Snark, a classic nonsense epic (1876) and Euclid and His Modern Rivals, a rare example of humorous work concerning mathematics, still entice and intrigue today's students. Sylvie and Bruno, published toward the end of his life contains startling ideas including an 1889 description of weightlessness.

The humor, sparkling wit and genius of this Victorian Englishman have lasted for more than a century. His books are among the most quoted works in the English language, and his influence (with that of his illustrator, Sir John Tenniel) can be seen everywhere, from the world of advertising to that of atomic physics.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 27, 1832
    2. Place of Birth:
      Daresbury, Cheshire, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 14, 1898
    2. Place of Death:
      Guildford, Surrey, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Lord Brocktree

    I memorized it. Great poem!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    ?

    Its a really good poem i guess....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Amazing

    Great deatail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    This was unexspectidly good'.

    It was weird @ thefirst page.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Puppy Dog tales is a good, free book

    Puppy Dog Tales is a good, free book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    :-0

    :-p

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    ?????

    i just gave it *** because there was only one other comment. is it good or not people!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2000

    a reviewer

    so, one time, I read Jabberwocky on an elevator, and it was a good book!! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Lol

    ???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    My favorite poem

    I can't even begin to guess what it means but it's a good poem nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    PRESS HERE FOR MORE TITLES

    Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, You are old Father William, Alice in Zombieland, and Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found There :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Cool book

    Halo loves the jabberwocky so you should to.

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    Posted June 11, 2013

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