Jabberwocky: The Classic Poem from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-glass, And What Alice Found Therereimagined and illustrated by Christopher Myers, brings poetry and basketball together in a wildly colourful and beautiful book. Reading the poem is a 9781423103721.jpgdelight for the ears, however, when Christopher Myers shows us a towering basketball-playing Jabberwocky who can palm the ball like it’s a golf ball, new meanings abound.

Oh, to have had this book when I was teaching my roomful of basket-ball obsessed sixth-graders! This book’s universal appeal to young and old alike will have you turning pages over and over.

Lest you think this book is all fun and games, read Myers’s note at the end, where he (jokingly) documents the pain-staking research into nonsense language and Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), where we learn the connections between the missionary origins of basketball and the Aztec language sounds in “Jabberwocky” that converge on the court.


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Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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