Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. ~ Dr. Seuss

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse

line Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
by Marilyn Singer (Author), Josee Masse (Illustrator)

Poetry + Fairy Tales –> Modern Take!

Mix poetry with fairy tales and you are immediately hooked! But what is special about this book? Read the poem in 2 ways:  Up and Down. Read it from top to bottom (traditional and the usual way) and then read the same poem from bottom to top! Not only is it fun.. but it also has a completely different meaning! Ingenious!

Mirror Mirror inside

In “The Doubtful Duckling” poem, the duckling dreams of turning into a beautiful swan. But read it the other way around, and it simply cannot believe that the ugliness will ever change. In the poem “Mirror Mirror”, Snow White narrates the poem and looks out for her new friends, the dwarves. But read the same poem in reverse: The witch is enticing Snow White to eat the apple! Don’t believe it?

Mirror Mirror In the Hood



In my hood, After all, Grandma’s waiting,                      
skipping through the wood, mustn’t dawdle…
carrying a basket, But a girl!
picking berries to eat – What a treat –
juicy and sweet juicy and sweet,
what a treat! picking berries to eat,
But a girl carrying a basket,
mustn’t dawdle. skipping through the wood
After all, Grandma’s waiting                     in my ‘hood.

Can you guess the name of this story? And notice how the poem has as different meaning when read exactly in reverse? Smile

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books


  1. Sush

    Oh! how very clever. We are going to pick this book up on our next visit to library. Sounds interesting!

  2. I’ve seen this title many times, and I always see something new when I view it again. A very creative book! I found you via the Hop, and I’m your newest follower. I hope you’ll swing by and check out my site as well ( and consider following.

  3. Super clever, and the illustrations are enough to draw me in. Going on the goodreads to read list definately. Thank you very much for linking it in to the kidlit blog hop, cheers

  4. sibelhodge

    Hi, I’m stopping by as part of the Kid Lit Blog Hop. These illustrations look fabulous!

  5. I love this post, Reshama! I’m definitely going to look into this book. Thank you for contributing to the Carnival of Children’s Literature this month! –Julie

  6. Oh WOW!! Must, must get this book – it’s brilliant. I just love the idea. Can you imagine how long it took to put those stories together. Heading off the Goodreads to add to my Want-To-Read shelf!! LOVE!! Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

    • reshamad

      I know! It was fascinating and creative at the same time. Thanks for stopping by Renee.

  7. Love those poems with the illustrations. This is truly a magical book.

  8. Thanks for posting. That’s such a clever and unusual book!


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