A Book of Reversible Verse
Dutton Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780525479017, 32pp.
Publication Date: March 4, 2010
"Remarkable." "The Washington Post"
"This mind-bending poetry is accompanied by Masse's equally intelligent, equally amusing art." "Time Out New York for Kids"
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.
"A mesmerizing and seamless celebration of language, imagery and perspective." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Masse’s clever compositions play with symmetry, bringing this smart concept to its fullest effect." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Cleverly constructed and insightful."—The Horn Book, starred review
"Truly a visual, as well as a literary, puzzle and such a treat!" —Library Media Connection, starred review
“Fun, thoughtful, beautifully written poems that employ a poetic form called a reverso to spin a familiar fairy tale in a new direction.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review
With 6 starred reviews, 8 best of the year lists, and over 20 state award nominations, everyone is raving about Mirror Mirror!
Mirror Mirror is an ALA Notable Book, a New York Public Library Best 100 Children's Book of the Year, a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book of the Year, a Booklist Editors Choice, a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year, a Washington Post Top 15 Children’s Book of the Year, a Horn Book Fanfare Book, a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year, a Land of Enchantment Book Award Winner, and one of Time Out New York Kids' 50 Best Books for Kids.