Jabberwocky and Other Poems
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Jabberwocky and Other Poems

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  4,077 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Carefully chosen collection contains 34 of Carroll's most appealing verses — nonsense verse, parodies, burlesques, more — including such unforgettable pieces as "The Walrus and the Carpenter," "The Mock Turtle's Song," and "Father William," as well as such lesser-known gems as "My Fancy," "A Sea Dirge," "Brother and Sister," "Hiawatha's Photographing," "The Mad Gardener's...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published June 14th 2001 by Dover Publications (first published 1871)
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Nathan
Ah, Graeme Base and Lewis Carroll. Over a frumious Bandersnatch they would have become great friends, I think, had they lived in the same century.



I stumbled on this book while exploring Jabberwocky. I remembered Base's The Eleventh Hour (my favorite book as a kid), so picked it up.



The book was in the library's children section. This makes sense, but it's also sad. Carroll's poem and Base's illustration marry into a rich story for even the curious adult.



Two pages in particular caught me: The illu...more
Jon Mowjoudi
"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

A memorable verse from an iconic poem, "The Walrus and the Carpenter", one of Carroll's most revered works alongside the titular "Jabberwocky". It tells the story of a cunning pair - the poetic Walrus and his complementary accomplice the Carpenter - and their encounter with a rather unfortunate bunch of oysters who...more
(NS)Jordyn
One of the cool things about poems is the idea that everyone hears or sees something different in them. In this version of the Jabberwocky, the illustrator envisions the clash as a one on one basketball game between to extremely unmatched opponents. The illustrations and colors used in this book are phenomenal and may just entice even the most reluctant of poets (or poetry readers) to take a chance on an "old" poem redux. Useful with grades 3 and up (maybe even high school???).
GoldGato
We are building little homes on the sands

And time does indeed flit away, burbling and chortling. Cheshire Charles of Carroll created such whimsical poetry, it was frabjous to read his collected poems, albeit usually in a public space with curious onlookers trying to determine exactly what was in my book. That's because I had the gorgeous clothbound edition with the knockout dragonesque design by Coralie Bickford-Smith.

All in the golden afternoon
Full leisurely we glide


There is so much to love an...more
Marsha
Jabberwocky is the first book in a classic poetry series illustrated by some of today’s most talented and imaginative artists. Newly re-imagined by the artist Stéphane Jorisch, this Jabberwocky becomes a treatise on warfare, gender roles, rigid expectations by those considered our elders and the self-serving babble spoken by those in authority. The true end of the Jabberwock exposes how monsters can be blown out of all proportion. Jorisch’s illustrations show a childlike simplicity with an adult...more
Meghan Moore
I've always liked this poem, and these illustrations are fantastic! They're a bit dark, but I think that fits the poem. Available for purchase from Lulu, or to read for free at the illustrator's Deviant Art page: http://pyxelated.deviantart.com/art/T...
Donalyn
Lewis Carroll's classic nonsense poem reimagined as a basketball game.
Salóme
I enjoyed reading this book of poems. Can't say I liked all of them but some I liked very much. Many of them are funny in an absurd way. If you want to see examples then I'd recommend poems like "The Walrus and the Carpenter" and "A Sea Dirge". The latter starts like this:

A Sea Dirge

There are certain things - as, a spider, a ghost,
The income-tax, gout, an umbrella for three -
That I hate, but the thing that I hate the most
Is a thing they call the Sea.

Pour some salt water over the floor -
Ugly I'm
...more
Annie
Feb 02, 2013 Annie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
JABBERWOCKY - 1872, nonsense word (perhaps based on jabber) coined by Lewis Carroll, for the poem of the same name, which he published in "Through the Looking-Glass." The poem is about a fabulous beast called the Jabberwock. Online Etymology Dictionary. < http://goo.gl/C0Izu&gt;

Besides the portmanteau, nonsensical words, Jabberwocky is full of thought-provoking descriptions and bizarre imagery. Stephane Jorisch, a Canadian illustrator of many children’s books, wondrously illustrates the c...more
Zacaro Caro
Well, I have to admit that I'm confused about this author. He is like Dr Suess, making up words I can't read and will never know what they mean. I don't like Dr Suess and I don't like Carroll. I wrote a poem about it actually.

But here's the deal, I like the Jabberwocky and some of the nonsense poems in this book. When Carroll was asked to help enlighten people on the meanings of some of his made up words his grasp of language made me rethink my distaste. Isn't it odd that when you read his nons...more
Baker
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Jessica
Christopher Myers' version of the Jabberwocky poem by Lewis Carroll keeps the text the same - it is the illustrations that reimagine what the poem is about. In this tale, the Jabberwocky is a giant, fourteen-fingered, basketball-playing "beast". Our hero is a boy, who decides to play this giant in a game of one-on-one. He wins triumphantly, and the neighborhood celebrates with him.
Jabberwocky is a difficult poem to read, without any sort of context to imagine, because it is full of gibberish wor...more
Johann
It was fun to read the poems from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass again, but most of the other ones were torturous to get through. The book was fun to read for a few days, but the poems got old quickly. I started dreading reading more, but just wanted to finish the book.
Kayla Pollema
This book is a tale of a strange character, the Jabberwocky, and uses made up words to tell the story of how the Jabberwocky was defeated.

Nonsence works make up most of this poem, but the reader still can understand the intent of the poet. Readers who like a challege should not shy away from the strage words that fill this poem. If a reader can spend time thinking about these seemingly silly words the reader can find meaning in the poem. The words that the author has made up also brings humor t...more
RLL595AG_BethSchencker
This book is wonderful for young and old. The famous poem from Lewis Carroll's "Through The Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There" is reinvented through colorful images and bold font. Christopher Myers, born in Queens, New York, took his imagery of childhood and recreated this special poem into something children can relate to.
The Jabberwocky in Meyer's interpretation is a fierce basketball who player claims ownership of the playground. Our hero defeats the monster, spreading freedom throug...more
Abbie
I L.O.V.E. this book! I've never thought of "Jabberwocky out of the context of Alice in Wonderland. Jorsich's illustrations examine the poem in the context of an on-going war. He uses injured veterans and generals on television to warn our hero about the dangers of the Jabberwocky. Jorsich never shows us a complete image of the Jabberwocky. There are illustrations in the old man's book and grafitti on the walls, but the closest thing the reader gets to a full image is the sidewalk drawing of the...more
Jessy
I have heard of this book before, and never had a chance to read it until now. I did by no means LOVE this book, however, I can tell that this book is one to grow on you. The more one reads it, I am sure the more they will get from it. Within the first few words, all I could think was "WHAT!?" Complete nonsense, and mythical/magical world. It is fun, and adventurous, however I would be cautious of the audience it is read to. The words are beautiful and playful, and they all play off one another...more
Monster
Jabberwocky is an extraordinary sophisticated picture book with a powerful visual impact. Award-winning illustrator Christopher Myers takes a radical and imaginative approach to Lewis Carroll’s famous nonsense poem, reimagining it as a city basketball contest between our hero and his monstrous foe, the dread Jabberwocky, a giant basketball player with a few too many fingers, pointed teeth and blazing eyes. The colors are bold and the images effectively tell the tale. The contemporary context Mye...more
Leah Mullenaux
I read only one of these poems, Jabberwocky, illustrated by Joel Stewart. It simply took Lewis Carroll's original nonsense poem and illustrated it. It made a lot more sense reading it with the pictures acting it out, because most of the time, I had no idea what Carroll was saying with those crazy made up words. It was a simple book, not much to it. I didn't enjoy it too much because I didn't learn anything from it. I could be wrong because I didn't analyze it too much, but I don't feel like it t...more
538pm_Stephanie Scherer
While Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky is a classic piece of poetry that spans all ages and time, the republication with Stephane Jorisch’s illustration created an exquisite version. In this poem, all of the non-sense words leave the reader with a beautiful idea and little understanding, but the illustrations lead the reader to a wonderful place. While the pictures give structure to the story, they are just as non-sense as the words. There is a father seemingly preparing his son for a battle with the...more
Jill
This is another favorite book around here these last few weeks. Both my four and three-year-old are drawn into the room whenever this is being read - which is often. Most books I've read over and over become tedious after the fifth or tenth time, this is an exception. The poem is continually fascinating and the illustrations - not something I thought my kids would like - are engaging. I love that my kids love hearing this book read over and over. Okay, and it kind of makes me grin to hear my thr...more
Relyn
Dec 28, 2010 Relyn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes odd
Recommended to Relyn by: I love Alice and Wonderland
I love the poem Jabberwock, but some of Carroll's other poetry just doesn't do it for me. This time I was sharing the book with Sloane and my class. I adore being the first to read the poem to children. They TOTALLY get the poem and follow the story far, far better than most adults. I think it's because they are still so very involved in their own imaginary lives. It's a poem that is always a hit. One year when I introduced the poem to my fourth graders, I taught them about nonsense words (as us...more
Dexter/Persy
Some very interesting artwork to go along with the always great Jabberwocky poem. Would definitely give this to my kid to read.
Andrea
I had to read this for school. I really enjoyed all of the poems. I have to say Jabberwocky is one of my favorites!
Lindsay
I learned this poem in 1st Grade and have remembered it since. Have it memorized! Classic.
Ashley
This is not the one I actually read it was the Jabberwocky only and illustrated by Graeme Base
Faye
Love how this book lets the reader create his/her own creatures and world.
Elizabeth
Favorite poem by him, even if I don't know what half the words really mean!!
C. Hollis Crossman
Without nonsense, the world would be meaningless. Jabberwocky, by this standard, is one of the most important poems of all time.

Carroll demonstrates the true nature of poetry here—its power to communicate effectively through chaos and order juxtaposed, its inventiveness, its utter and utterly pure celebration of play and carelessness.

His other poems are pretty good, too. Jabberwocky is the best, and the best reason to read Through the Looking-Glass. I've read a lot of poetry, and I can honestly...more
Lauren Stoolfire
This retelling of the classic nonsense poem has been reimagined within a basketball context; the Jabberwocky is a huge, scary basketball player and the Vorpal Sword is now a pair of basketball sneakers. The artwork is very bright yet ominous at the same time; these qualities are also reflected in the way the original text of the poem is presented on the page – large, uneven, and brightly colored. For children, I think it would be interesting to determine how they interpret the images and the wor...more
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The Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman and photographer.

His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all considered to be within the genre of literary nonsense.

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“Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.”
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“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
He chortled in his joy.”
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