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Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness Hardcover – September 1, 2004

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Grade 6 Up–Grimly's deliciously malevolent illustrations are the perfect complement to Poe's macabre stories. Four of the writer's most popular tales are presented in an abridged format: "The Black Cat," "The Masque of the Red Death," "Hop-Frog," and "The Fall of the House of Usher." The watercolor and pen-and-ink artwork is populated with deftly drawn cartoon humans, animals, and other beings, many with grotesque or sinister expressions. The pictures cover, crisscross, or circle the margins of the pages and are often contained in ornate art-deco frames along with small blocks of text. Libraries needing an additional copy of Poe's writings should consider this one.–Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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*Starred Review* Gr. 7-12. Archetypal horror writer Poe has received a variety of graphically enhanced treatments in recent years, including a volume in Eureka Productions' Rosebud Graphic Classics series (2001) and Jonathan Scott Fuqua's In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe (DC Comics, 2002). This exceptionally well-produced collection of four tales will, perhaps, reach a wider audience. The gently abridged retellings are in Poe's original language, and Grimly's wonderfully ghastly, full-color spot and full-page art splendidly depicts the mayhem that leads to murder in "The Black Cat," the partying in the "The Masque of the Red Death," the vicious genius of "Hop-Frog," and the dual connotations of "The Fall of the House of Usher." In addition to varied sizes and presentation of images, Grimly uses different typefaces to set off aspects of the narratives, which flow across the pages in the traditional manner rather than appearing in comics-style panels. With high-production values and gothic sensibilities thoroughly reflected in both text and art, this is an essential purchase for libraries. Adults can use it to lead young people to some great literature; readers will pluck it off the shelves themselves for creepy, entertaining fun. Francisca Goldsmith
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Repackage ed. edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689848374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689848377
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tim Hewitt on November 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There are a multitude of Poe's out there to choose from, but the real draw here is the art of Gris Grimly. The book features slightly abridged texts for young readers of "The Black Cat," "The Masque of the Red Death," "Hop Frog," and "The Fall of the House of Usher." What makes this volume special is the way that text is embraced by and woven through Grimly's gloriously whimsical and twisted full color art that captures perfectly the macabre and maniacle tone of Poe. The volume is richly illustrated with art on every page. All in all a beautiful book and a great introduction to Poe for young readers of twisted tastes.
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This is a great collection for Edgar Allen Poe fans and children's book collectors alike. Grimly's art has the wildness of Ralph Steadman and the darkness of Edward Gorey.

It is worth noting that although it is a picture book, some of the imagery and definitely the Poe stories themselves are graphic, so maybe don't cuddle up with your five year old with this one.... Older kids, especially these days, should have no problem.
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I read Edgar A. Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness. This book has 4 stories; Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, Hop Frog, and The Fall of the House of Usher. I won't go into detail about all the stories but my favorite story was The Masque of the Red Death.

The story starts with people who were having a masquerade at Prince Prospero's house. Each hour the clock chimed. At the 12th chime a person in a red cape came out of the clock and frightened everyone at the masquerade. Prince Prospero tried to kill him but the Prince died when he saw his face. Then, anyone who saw his face or dared to enter the red blood shot room died by bleeding to death. Will anyone survive? You will have to read it yourself to find out.

I though all of the stories in the book were scary and cool. I also thought the illustrations by Chris Grimley were very creative. I would recommend for anyone who likes horror to read this book.

David - age 9
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By KLU on April 9, 2015
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This book is perfect for a 'my first Poe' type of book. The illustrations are equally creepy to the subject matter, but never too gross or gory. The 10-yr old girl I got it for loved it and I couldn't be happier with giving it as a gift.
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As so many others have said, the pictures are what make this book. The illustrations are simply phenomenal and hysterical. In the interest of full-disclosure, I was expecting simplified versions of the stories, and that is not at all what this is. But, the illustrations make it easy for anyone--child or adult--to understand some of the more archaic words.

Absolutely fabulous. I would not hesitate to recommend this book.
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I read Edgar Allen Poe poems in school but none like this. The illustrations and the way the book is put together is just lovely. I can't express how much I enjoyed this book. The stories themselves are of course wonderful as well but what else would you expect from good old Edgar? I went so far as to look up the illustrator and will soon be getting new books put together in the same way. Shipping was fast also.
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This is a nice compilation of Poe's stories. It was bought as a Christmas gift for a fan of Edgar Allen Poe. It was a pretty good quality paperback, but I felt it was a little lightweight. Still, for the price it was a good deal.
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Classic stories, beautifully illustrated. I love the combination of E.A. Poe and Gris Grimley as a literary match. I can't wait to read it to my son.
P.S. As a side note, I purchased this used and was not aware that it came from a library that was no longer lending it out. The book came full of library stamps and identification marks. I had purchased it as a gift and ended up keeping it for myself on account of these obvious markings. I understand that you get what you get with a gently used book, but I wish I had known about the markings.
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