The Jabberwocky

Dragon illustration for poems for kids - The Jabberwocky
Enjoy onomatopoeia with this famous poem by Lewis Carroll about a whiffling monster.
The Jabberwocky

 
 
’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe. 

POEMS FOR KIDS BY LEWIS CARROLL

 
Header illustration by Michael Rosskothen. 

LET’S CHAT ABOUT THE POEM ~ IDEAS FOR TALKING WITH KIDS

 
Creativity 

1. The Jabberwocky is a poem that uses made-up words that sound like the thing they are describing. Can you make up a word to describe the Jabberwocky?

New Story Updates!

Signup today and receive Storyberries' fresh new stories to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Written By
More from Lewis Carroll

The Crocodile

Read Lewis Carroll's classic poem about the original crocodile smile!
Read More