Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems

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Overview

With 6 starred reviews, 8 best of the year lists, and over 20 state award nominations, everyone is raving about Mirror Mirror!

"Remarkable."—The Washington Post

"This mind-bending poetry is accompanied by Masse's equally intelligent, equally amusing art."—Time Out New York for Kids

What’s brewing when two favorites—poetry and fairy tales—are turned (literally) on their heads? It’s a revolutionary recipe: an infectious new genre of poetry and a lovably modern take on classic stories.

First, read the poems forward (how old-fashioned!), then reverse the lines and read again to give familiar tales, from Sleeping Beauty to that Charming Prince, a delicious new spin. Witty, irreverent, and warm, this gorgeously illustrated and utterly unique offering holds a mirror up to language and fairy tales, and renews the fun and magic of both.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525479017
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/04/2010
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 233,025
Product dimensions: 13.40(w) x 13.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 6 - 11 Years

About the Author

Marilyn Singer is an award-winning author of more than 90 children’s books in a wide variety of genres. 

Josée Masse is a recognized artist in her native Canada, having illustrated numerous French and American picture books.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"A mesmerizing and seamless celebration of language, imagery and perspective." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Masse’s clever compositions play with symmetry, bringing this smart concept to its fullest effect." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Cleverly constructed and insightful."—The Horn Book, starred review

"Truly a visual, as well as a literary, puzzle and such a treat!" —Library Media Connection, starred review

Mirror Mirror is an ALA Notable Book, a New York Public Library Best 100 Children's Book of the Year, a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book of the Year, a Booklist Editors Choice, a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year, a Washington Post Top 15 Children’s Book of the Year, a Horn Book Fanfare Book, a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year, a Land of Enchantment Book Award Winner, and one of Time Out New York Kids' 50 Best Books for Kids.
 

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Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
lawyerk More than 1 year ago
I had to buy it, you see, because I read the first three poems in the book ("In Reverse", "Cinderella's Double Life", and "The Sleeping Beauty and the Wide-Awake Prince"), plus at least one or two more from the middle, and I was so impressed by what Marilyn Singer pulled off that I simply had to shell out the $16.99 (plus tax) for the book in recognition of her accomplishment. Singer has invented a form she calls the "reverso". As she explains in her note about the form at the end of the book, the first reverso she created was inspired by her cat. Singer went on to write a whole bunch of brilliant reversos based on fairy tales. What makes these poems brilliant is that they make perfect sense forwards and backwards - and they each tell two sides of the same story. They are all considerably longer than Singer's sample, and all of them are accompanied by outstanding illustrations by Josée Masse, a Canadian illustrator from Montreal, many of which tend to show the duality of the accompanying poems. From start to finish, from art to text, this book is the total package, and is a work of genius. A must-have for fans of poetry, great art and/or fairy tales.
LovesBooksInCA More than 1 year ago
The writing is undeniably clever, and although some of the reversed poems don't quite work as well as others, it was enjoyable. If I could give it 3 1/2 stars, I would. I think it would go right over the heads of younger children, but older kids (perhaps 9 and up) would catch on quickly. My favorites were "The Sleeping Beauty and the Wide-Awake Prince" and "In The Hood."
Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
<i>Mirror Mirror has won the 2010 Cybils Award in the Poetry division. The winners are chosen because they "combined literary merit with kid appeal."</i> I actually purchased Mirror Mirror sometime last year because it combined interesting poetry techniques with fairytales. The first few entries were so witty, I had to go home and read the rest. At the end of the book, Marilyn Singer states, "We read most poems down a page. But what if we read them up? That's the question I asked myself when I created the reverso. When you read a reverso down, it is one poem. When you read it up, with changes allowed only in punctuation and capitalization it is a different poem." One of the things I loved in this picture book is that some of the poems feature the "hero/heroine" on one side and the "villain" on the other. It's amazing to see how different the same words/opinions come off. From classic tales such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella to beloved stories such as Hansel and Gretel and Jack and the Beanstalk, there are reversible poem stories for everyone. While the poetry doesn't hold up as anything special on its own, the charm comes when reading the poems side-by side. The book is further enhanced by the lovely illustrations created by Jos&#233;e Masse. Each image splits down the middle in a fashion that never looks choppy, but eye-catching and fun. One example of a "split" can be seen in the above cover image. Overall, this was a fun picturebook discovery that I really enjoy reading. I was really happy it won in its category for the Cybils Award!
Jroberts_librarian More than 1 year ago
The poems in this book turn classic fairy tales upside down. The poems themselves are wonderful either way they are read, but the reader or listener will find themselves trying to construct their own poems that can be read both forward and backward. Tons of fun!
Ms.Elkins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Different perspectives on familar fairy tales are revealed when poems are reversed to give new meaning.
jmvarnad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse is a great twist on traditional fairy tales. This book takes poems about the good characters and put them backwards. Those backwards poems are the voice of the villains in the story. I really enjoyed the book. It would be great for readers theater.
copad2thing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book has reversible verse, and clever poems from top to bottom. The reversos in this book are based on fairy tales.
kreierso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This ingenious book of reverses, or poems which have one meaning when read down the page and perhaps an altogether different meaning when read up the page, toys with and reinvents familiar stories and characters, from Cinderella to the Ugly Duckling. Matching the cleverness of the text, Masse¿s colourful paintings create split images that reflect the twisted meaning of the witty poems and employ artistic elements of form and shape ¿ Cinderella¿s clock on one side morphs to the moon on the other.
jdieder104 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun poems that give children two view of one problem. I really liked this book and looking at both sides of the story. Colorful and connects with stories children should already know.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very clever, fairytale-themed poems that can be read forwards or backwards, or, as they are placed on the book's pages - up or down. Even the artwork is in sync with the "mirror image" theme. Anyone who reads one of these reversos (as the author calls them) will want to try creating her own "reversible verse!""Isn't this a fairy tale?""A fairy tale this isn't..."Very unique!
ahernandez91 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mirror Mirror is a book of poetry on 14 different fairytales. There poems are written and then written again on the other side of the page in reverse. We read poems from top to bottom, but if we read them from bottom up- it changes them. This could be used to show two different sides of a story or point of view, simply by used of movement of punctuation and capitalization. I thought this book was absolutely stunning, along with the illustrations. The book inspires for creativity. This is most certainly a good book to use when teaching a poetry unit.
ebmcc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Several fairy tales told in reverso poetry, revealing two sides to every story using the same text in reverse for the second side. Not a good read aloud without lots of teaching as you go. Vibrant, interesting illustrations.
samsamiam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This clever set of fairy-tale inspired poetry tells two sides of each story with the same words! By reading each poem in reverse, another story appears. For example, read one way Cinderella is lamenting the fact that she'll be stuck shining her sisters' shoes while they're at the ball. When the same set of lines are reversed, she's instead gloating over her dances with the prince while her sisters watch. It's amazing how much personality Singer was able to give to each character in only a few short lines.These unique poems are accompanied by colorful illustrations. The images are split into two different, but generally symmetrical scenes, reinforcing the nature of the text. The pictures are very soft and round, and well-suited to the fairy tales they illustrate. Overall, this is a fun read that will likely inspire you to write your own reversible poem!
amandacb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mirror Mirror is a book of reversible verse¿what does that mean? I think it is best served with an example.¿The Doubtful Duckling¿ Take ISomeday I¿ll turn into a swanNo wayI¿ll stayAn ugly ducklingStubby and gray,Plain to see¿Look at me.A beauty I¿ll be.¿The Doubtful Duckling¿ Take II (reversed)A beauty I¿ll be?Look at me¿Plain to see,Stubby and gray.An ugly ducklingI¿ll stay.No wayI¿ll turn into a swanSomeday.Singer and Masse take the themes from fairy tales and write poetry about them, creating different themes using reversible poetry. It takes some talent to write the poetry that can be reversed and still create meaning, and it is quite fun. This would be a great poetry exercise with elementary, middle, and even high school students¿to write a poem over a theme, and then have them reverse the poem to see what else the poem states about the theme.The illustrations are quite colorful and vibrant, and show the duality of the reversible poems. For instance, ¿The Doubtful Duckling¿ has a swan that is part swan and part ugly duckling.
abackwardsstory on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mirror Mirror has won the 2010 Cybils Award in the Poetry division. The winners are chosen because they "combined literary merit with kid appeal."I actually purchased Mirror Mirror sometime last year because it combined interesting poetry techniques with fairytales. The first few entries were so witty, I had to go home and read the rest. At the end of the book, Marilyn Singer states, "We read most poems down a page. But what if we read them up? That's the question I asked myself when I created the reverso. When you read a reverso down, it is one poem. When you read it up, with changes allowed only in punctuation and capitalization it is a different poem."One of the things I loved in this picture book is that some of the poems feature the "hero/heroine" on one side and the "villain" on the other. It's amazing to see how different the same words/opinions come off. From classic tales such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella to beloved stories such as Hansel and Gretel and Jack and the Beanstalk, there are reversible poem stories for everyone. While the poetry doesn't hold up as anything special on its own, the charm comes when reading the poems side-by side. The book is further enhanced by the lovely illustrations created by Josée Masse. Each image splits down the middle in a fashion that never looks choppy, but eye-catching and fun. One example of a "split" can be seen in the above cover image. Overall, this was a fun picturebook discovery that I really enjoy reading. I was really happy it won in its category for the Cybils Award!
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great concept, and a good book.Each poem is readable frontwards and backwards, with each line acting as its own unit. (This means some of the lines are quite short, of course.)And the front and the back version of each poem tells the fairy tale from a different perspective. My favorite? The Hansel and Gretel one:Fatten up, boy!Don't youlike prime rib?Then your hostess, she will roast yougoose.Have another chocolate.Eat another piece of gingerbread.When you hold it out,your fingerfeels likea bone.Fatten up.Don'tkeep her waiting...Keep her waiting.Don'tfatten up.A bonefeels likeyour fingerwhen you hold it out.Eat another piece of gingerbread,Have another chocolate -Goose!Then your hostess, she will roast youlike prime rib.Don't youfatten up, boy!
ASKier on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The appeal of a book like Mirror Mirror is its novelty. Author Marilyn Singer has created a clever new form of poetry, the reverso, which happens to be well-suited for expressing alternate perspectives of the same story. Using well-known fairytales provides context for otherwise unimpressive twists of wording. Although Singer receives high marks for creativity, without clues from Masse's half-and-half opposing page layouts, readers would find it difficult to differentiate between voices and points of view in some of the renderings. Among the better poems are "Bears in the News", an alternative take on "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", and Singer's poetic two-voice version of Red Riding Hood,"In the Hood." Classroom teachers for grades 2-5 will appreciate the inspiration this book provides for students attempting to write poetry in a structured form.
HopeMiller123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have never read a double book before that has one story on one side, and the opposite story on the other side of the page. I think its a genius idea and fun to read. The poems in this book take classic fairytales and flip them into a new story that show the fun side or maybe a sad side that has been reinvented. I think kids would love this book and enjoy the twists that it has created in being a double book. Also, the illustartions in this book are beautiful and very pleasing to the eye which makes this book even more appealing.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I checked this book out from the library the first week it came in, and I had to order a copy for myself. This is a great book for anyone who likes poetry, fairy-tale and beautiful illustrations (who doesn't?), and a must-have for anyone who likes all three. The poems offer a succinct summation to common fairy-tales, and from two different points of view. I won't even pretend that my toddler son understands this book, although he will sit still to listen to poetry, but I love how it stretches my &quot;mommy-brain&quot; and forces me to respect the subtleties of good punctuation -- something I have obviously let slide. Any cure for &quot;mommy-brain&quot; is a very good thing. And this book has inspired my new favorite form of poetry: The Reverso. It is pretty hard to write, so Marilyn Singer has a good deal of my respect. As I am a visual person, I will have to mention the illustrations, which are clever, vibrant and beautiful. My favorite is probably the one for Little Red Riding Hood. You'll have to check out this book from your library, or better yet, buy it to see it.
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this book is really interesting cute and fun! it would be a great book to read to kinder- 2nd in school. I really recommend this book and I think you should read it.