Friday, 14 November 2014


We have reached ‘J’ in the limerick series:

The Jabberwock said ‘I’m not real,
whatever Charles Dodgson might feel —
(I must say I think he
was just a bit kinky) —
but my portrait’s been done by Tenniel.’

Children have somewhat tougher tastes nowadays, or rather, parents have a different
 and perhaps more realistic idea of what upsets children, but when the Tenniel-illustrated
 versions of the Alice books were first published, author, illustrator and publisher
 considered leaving out the Jabberwock picture in case it frightened children. I have
no such fears; here it is:


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