The Jabberwocky (from Through the Looking-Glass) by Lewis Carroll
Illustration by Brian Jocks
"The Jabberwocky" is a poem full of nonsense-words about a boy who goes on a quest to slay a monster. It's short and sweet. Here's a play by play:
Our hero is a boy with a vorpal sword. He's out for blood, but so his manxsome foe: The Jabberwock! As our hero tires from his search, he takes a rest by the Tumtum tree. Then here comes the Jabberwocky, with eyes of flame, whiffling and burbling through the forest.
How will it end? Will the beamish boy go galumphing back home with the head of the Jabberwock? Or will the monster grab that vorpal blade and show the kid who the real king of the forest is?
You'll have to read to find out.
My illustration is an imagining of the Jabberwocky as the victor.