Marilyn Singer

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by Josée Masse
Dutton Children’s Books, 2010

This is a book you need to see to believe. It’s an excellent example of how text and illustrations can become a glorious work. The poetic form—the reverso, which Singer created—is ingenious and captivating. In an endnote Singer explains it this way, “When you read a reverso down, it is one poem. When you read it up, with changes allowed only in punctuation and capitalization it is a different poem.” She shares the first reverso she wrote, about her cat, August:

Get it? As I said, ingenious and captivating. But Singer carries this new verse form to a new level by writing reversos about classic fairy tales. So, readers will meet the likes of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Robin Hood. And the split-screen illustrations by Josée Masse perfectly complement the poems. All in all, great fun.

"The Sleeping Beauty and The Wide-Awake Prince" from Mirror Mirror  by Marilyn Singer; illustrations by Josée Masse. Reprinted by permission of Dutton Children's Books.