Long term readers are familiar with my enthusiasm for Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer (Author), Josee Masse (Illustrator). Well, the book is currently 46% off on Amazon, a great price for a great book. It is a picture book and suitable for most kids although older readers will probably appreciate it best. Adults are more impressed by it than anyone else. So it is worth every penny.
What’s brewing when two favorites—poetry and fairy tales—are turned (literally) on their heads? It’s a revolutionary recipe: an infectious new genre of poetry and a lovably modern take on classic stories.
First, read the poems forward (how old-fashioned!), then reverse the lines and read again to give familiar tales, from Sleeping Beauty to that Charming Prince, a delicious new spin. Witty, irreverent, and warm, this gorgeously illustrated and utterly unique offering holds a mirror up to language and fairy tales, and renews the fun and magic of both.
But what I am even more excited about is that the same team is offering us Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems this coming February, another collection of fairy tale inspired reverso poetry with beautiful illustrations. I can't wait to see it and read it!
Once upon a time, Mirror Mirror, a brilliant book of fairy tale themed reversos – a poetic form in which the poem is presented forward and then backward – became a smashing success. Now a second book is here with more witty double takes on well-loved fairy tales such as Thumbelina and The Little Mermaid.
Read these clever poems from top to bottom and they mean one thing. Then reverse the lines and read from bottom to top and they mean something else - it is almost like magic!
A celebration of sight, sound, and story, this book is a marvel to read again and again.
When the first book was released in 2010, almost anyone who walked into my house had the first book thrust upon them to read and be amazed. And contrary to what you may imagine, most people who walk into my home never ever imagine that I eat, breathe, live with fairy tales, so I was REALLY thrilled with this book.