Mirror Mirror

First things first: a reversible poem, or the reverso, is a new poetry form created by Marilyn Singer. It allows the reader to see two sides to a story – one perspective going down the page, another coming up. This is a fascinating way to look at twelve beloved fairy tales. On one side of the page, Little Red Riding Hood is skipping through the forest in her hood – on the other side, the Wolf is watching Little Red skip through his “hood.” Josee Masse’s expressive illustrations are rich in detail. The juxtaposition of shadow color versus pure color in the same illustration enhances the concept of the reverso. This unique poetry collection is sure to be a winner with everyone, especially elementary school teachers. (Scope Notes and I named it one of the best books of 2010.)

Read Travis's unique review of Mirror Mirror.

Watch Singer's acceptance speech for the Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor Award.

William Shakespeare is Marilyn Singer's favorite writer.

Marilyn has always loved poetry. She thinks all people love poety when they're small.

"The very first non-fiction book I wrote was actually on garlic, leeks, and onions. It was supposed to be a short book and it turned into this mammoth fat thing because there was no editor there."

Borrow Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.


  1. This concept is amazing! I can't imagine the effort needed to create this book.


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