Nov 29

The Gashlycrumb Tinies

The Gashlycrumb Tinies

by Edward Gorey

Gashleycrumb PictureFiction, adult picture book
First Published in 1963
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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Wikipedia Synopsis:

The Gashlycrumb Tinies: or, After the Outing is an abecedarian book written by Edward Gorey that was first published in 1963. Gorey tells the tale of 26 children (each representing a letter of the alphabet) and their untimely deaths in rhyming dactylic couplets, accompanied by the author’s distinctive black and white illustrations.

bunnyMy Book Review of The Gashlycrumb Tinies:

The Gashlycrumb Tinies was given to me as a present from a friend. I loved its macabre nature but had to wonder what in MY nature had caused him to think of me when he saw this book.

This book is gleefully horrible as through rhyme, picture and alphabetical order, we expectantly follow 26 children to their deaths. Gross, I know. But funny too. They die of amusing, unexpected things. The pictures are the best part about it, they often depict the moment before or just after death, so you are squirming with anticipation with the imagined horrors.

For example:

“P is for PRUE trampled flat in a brawl”

with the picture depicting Prue alone on a street about to open the door to a saloon.

I have to say, this adult picture book is deliciously sick. But do make sure whoever you give it to has a good sense of humour!

[If you enjoy this type of humour, have a look at other books by Edward Gorey at The Book Depository]

x Julie

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