The Hunting of the Snark illustrated by Chris Riddell
They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
They pursued it with forks and hope;
They threatened its life with a railway-share;
They charmed it with smiles and soap.
Lewis Carroll’s magnificent nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark features an unlikely cast of characters drawn from the Jabberwocky in Through the Looking Glass. This irresistible new version is illustrated, and has an introduction by, Chris Riddell.
This re-telling of a crew of men searching high and low for the elusive Snark is not only given a fresh look from Chris Riddell’s intricate and beautiful colour artwork, but as any eagle-eyed reader will soon discover, there is a particular twist for one of the characters in the story.
Chris has previously commented that John Tenniel, the original black and white illustrator of both Alice in Wonderland stories, inspired him to become a political cartoonist and children’s illustrator, and his drawings for The Hunting of the Snark pay homage to Tenniel’s beautiful artwork.
The poem was first published by Macmillan in 1876