The world’s best-loved nonsense poem inspires a fresh, enchantingly surreal treatment in this beautiful edition from an exciting new talent.
’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
So begins "Jabberwocky," one of the most celebrated nonsense poems in the English language. The poem first appeared in 1872 in Lewis Carroll’s classic THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE, and since then, its mysterious and lyrical lines have delighted readers of all ages. With great wit and imagination, illustrator Joel Stewart offers a singular vision of the world of "Jabberwocky" and all its memorable creatures.
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Lewis Carroll was the pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), who taught mathematics at Christ Church College, Oxford. He is the author of two classic stories of children’s literature: ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE. These books contain many of his most popular poems, including "Jabber-wocky," "The Walrus and the Carpenter," and "You are old, father William."
Joel Stewart studied at Falmouth College of Art, graduating with a degree in illustration. He is also the illustrator of THE ADVENTURES OF A NOSE by Viviane Schwarz. He says, "Carroll’s language is so rich that it’s a joy to depict just a few of the curious ideas it conjures up. As Alice herself says after reading it, ‘Somehow it fills my head with ideas - only I don’t know exactly what they are.’ "
PreSchool-Grade 4-Carroll's classic nonsense poem gets a fresh visual interpretation here. In a series of spreads, a child mounts his quest for the fearsome Jabberwock in an "other" world in keeping with the delicious unknown conjured up on first hearing, "'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves-." After a glimpse of the hero, the real world shows up in the form of facing oval frames-one containing the poem, the other a Victorian father-and-son read-aloud scene. But from then on, with a few lines of the poem per page, children enter a spare landscape of rattan-printed trees, postage-stamp-sized art, and full-color ink-and-watercolor creatures whose simple, almost cartoonish look echoes Edward Lear's comic sketches. The uncluttered composition of these pages leaves plenty of room for Carroll's words to do their work. Printed in uppercase, in a faintly rune-ish serif typeface, they gyre and gimble, whiffle and burble cleanly across the page. Stewart has not paid precise attention to Humpty Dumpty's explication of the poem as it originally appears in Through the Looking-Glass, but he has captured that wordmeister's affinity for conglomeration and arbitrary meaning, creating his own odd creatures to inhabit Carroll's perfect peculiarities. The slightly removed tone is maintained by a climactic twist: when the vorpal blade snicker-snacks "through and through," the beast's innards are revealed to be mechanical-clockwork springs and gears. Other illustrated editions worth considering-Graeme Base's (Abrams, 1989) signature packed pages or Jane Breskin Zalben's (Warne, 1977; o.p.) delicately detailed watercolors-hew more closely to Humpty Dumpty's definitions, but this new version is a good choice for a younger audience, nicely conveying the lighthearted mysteriousness of the poem.
Nancy Palmer, The Little School, Bellevue, WA
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Descripción Faber & Faber. Estado de conservación: Acceptable. Used - Acceptable. Binding is exposed. Edges of cover fraying. Front end page is torn. Ex-library with wear and barcode page may have been removed. Nº de ref. de la librería Z1-G-016-00611
Descripción Faber and Faber, 1972. Estado de conservación: Good. Ex-library copy with small amount of marks. Content clean lightly toned.Good DJ in a protective plastic sleeve.Reprint. Nº de ref. de la librería 9999-9991360033