Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems

by Marilyn Singer (Author) Josee Masse (Illustrator)

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
With 6 starred reviews, 8 best of the year lists, and over 20 state award nominations, everyone is raving about Mirror Mirror!

"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.

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School Library Journal

Starred Review
Gr 36This appealing collection based on fairy tales is a marvel to read. It is particularly noteworthy because the poems are read in two ways: up and down. They are reverse images of themselves and work equally well in both directions. "Mirror Mirror" is chilling in that Snow White, who is looking after the Seven Dwarves, narrates the first poem of the pair. Read in reverse, it is the wicked queen who is enticing Snow White to eat the apple that will put her to sleep forever. "In the Hood" is as crafty as the wolf who tells of his delightful anticipation of eating Red Riding Hood. The mirrored poem is Red Riding Hood reminding herself not to dally since Grandma awaits. The vibrant artwork is painterly yet unfussy and offers hints to the characters who are narrating the poems. An endnote shows children how to create a "reverse" poem. This is a remarkably clever and versatile book that would work in any poetry or fairy-tale unit. A must-have for any library."Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA" Copyright 2010 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review
Singer uses reverso poems, a form of her creation, to show that there are two sides to every fairy tale (the poems can be read backward and forward). On each page, two poems appear, one an inversion of the other with minor changes in punctuation. In In the Hood, Little Red Riding Hoods poem ends: But a girl/ mustnt dawdle./ After all, Grandmas waiting, while the wolfs poem begins: After all, Grandmas waiting, / mustnt dawdle.../ But a girl! Masses clever compositions play with symmetry (in Longing for Beauty, Beauty and the Beast appear as one being, split in half, her tresses echoing his fur), bringing this smart concept to its fullest effect. Ages 6up. "(Mar.)" Copyright 2010 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

Review quotes

"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.
Marilyn Singer
Marilyn Singer is the author of more than ninety books for young poeple, including Tallulah's Tutu and Mirror, Mirror. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her website at www.marilynsinger.net.

LeUyen Pham is a New York Times best-selling illustrator who has created many books for children. She lives with her family in San Francisco, California. You can visit her online at www.leuyenpham.com.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication date
March 20, 2010
BISAC categories
JNF042000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry | General
Library of Congress categories
Characters in literature
Characters and characteristics in literature
American poetry
Children's poetry, American
Flicker Tale Children's Book Award
Nominee 2012 - 2012
Winner 2010 - 2010
Bluebonnet Awards
Nominee 2012 - 2012
Rhode Island Children's Book Awards
Nominee 2012 - 2012
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
Recommended 2011 - 2011
North Carolina Children's Book Award
Nominee 2012 - 2012
Charlotte Award
Nominee 2012 - 2012
Red Clover Award
Nominee 2012 - 2012
Black-Eyed Susan Award
Nominee 2011 - 2012
Sequoyah Book Awards
Nominee 2013 - 2013
Virginia Readers Choice Award
Nominee 2013 - 2013
Beehive Awards
Nominee 2012 - 2012
Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award
Nominee 2013 - 2013
Volunteer State Book Awards
Nominee 2013 - 2014

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