Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogroves, And the mome raths outgrabe. So begins one of the most celebrated and best-loved nonsense poems in the English language, "Jabberwocky", which first appeared in 1872 in Lewis Carroll's classic Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. ...
Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogroves, And the mome raths outgrabe. So begins one of the most celebrated and best-loved nonsense poems in the English language, "Jabberwocky", which first appeared in 1872 in Lewis Carroll's classic Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Using a technique of digital collage, Joel Stewart reveals a natural affinity with Carroll's vision, capturing with great wit and imagination the extraordinary world of the poem and its memorable creatures, such as the Jubjub bird, the frumious Bandersnatch and the manxome Jabberwock. "Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
Publishers Weekly, 2007-09-17 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2004-11-15 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1992-08-31 This slick version of the classic nonsense poem from Through the Looking Glass seems more a Disney souvenir than a book to snuggle up with. Angular textural sketches, apparently rough drafts for an animated feature (many possess a Fantasia -like sensibility), are set against an overpowering black background that negates the tale's playfulness. Multiple frames on several pages make the (rather feeble) scenario difficult to follow, while the fabled, fearsome beast is here only silly--with its beaky, birdish head atop a caterpillary cover, it resembles a Chinese New Year parade's dragon or a Mardi Gras costume. When the victorious hero goes ``galumphing back'' with only the Jabberwock's head, youngsters may not realize that the weird animal is actually slain. Overall, this repackaging appears devoid of personality, and doesn't do justice to the comical original. These mome raths and mimsy borogroves deserve better. All ages. (Sept.)
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