October 6, 2011

From Betty to Jabberwocky

This favorite came to me from my friend and colleague Shannon. Betty Bunny is a picky eater. She wants nothing by cake. She loves cake so much she is going to marry it! What’s not to love?

Illustrators do not always get their share of glory but I wanted to know more about Stèphane Jorisch. Sure enough, among the many illustrations to his name, Jorisch illustrated Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem Jabberwocky. Read more about the illustration at 36pages.com and let me know what you think of the poem, below.

Stephane Jorisch illustrated Lewis Carrol's Jabberwocky poem
Jabberwocky illustrations by Stèphane Jorisch
Image source: 36Pages.com 

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

'Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!'

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood a while in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One two! One two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

'And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

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