• Monika Satote

The Return of the Jabberwock : A spooky book recommendation for children

My 6 YO nephew is fond of listening to stories. Now that I am home, he wants to hear stories at any hour of the day. Many times, I make up stories, and I think this has opened the portals of many fancies for me. I never maintained the record, but I must have made up more than 30 stories for him. ( Damn, I should have drafted those somewhere) Anyways, on some days, I run out of creativity, and that time we go for graphic novels. We read a book called The return of the Jabberwock on Scribd, and I would love to recommend this to you all.



This book is inspired by a poem written by Lewis Carroll about the killing of a creature named "the Jabberwock". It was included in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.


"A long time ago, before you were born,

Lived a beast with eyes of flame and horns!

Your great grandfather defeated the Jabberwock beast

And returned home to a magnificent victory feast!"


A boy decides to go on an adventure to find his own Jabberwock, inspired by his father’s tale and his great grandfather’s adventures. He arms himself with a sword and makes his way into the Tulgey Wood. As he enters the jungle, he finds some monstrous creatures at every turn, but the brave little boy manages to go ahead. In the end, he finally sees a Jabberwock and the boy freaks out and runs. What happens in the end is insane. The book has an open ending.



This book is adventurous and a little scary ( for kids) with some great creative scenes. This book can also be used as an example that sometimes all we see is an illusion, especially in scary situations.


We enjoyed this book because of the plot and the imaginative illustrations. I must admire the gorgeous illustrations that bring the whole new perspective to the story. Because if someone narrates this story verbally, you will not understand it. And the open ending with “The end?”, the question mark opened so many possible ending opportunities. You won't be able to imagine things without the graphics. So, I give my full score to the illustrations.


My nephew imagined it to end in the cutest yet creepy way whereas my dumb ass imagined very simplistic ending. Trust me, that made me feel old. Kids imagine the craziest things.




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