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The Gashlycrumb Tinies Hardcover – October 15, 1997
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- Publisher : Harcourt Brace (October 15, 1997)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 64 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0151003084
- ISBN-13 : 978-0151003082
- Item Weight : 4.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.12 x 6.32 x 0.48 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Peggy on July 30, 2019
Has got to be the most macabre fun you might ever have your your growing little ones..a Halloween story at the least, it’s not for the faint of heart.. it’s flat out about the death of children, which isn’t funny.. but the Gashlycrumb Tinies breaks the heart of the truth.. we die, children die, but never so amusingly, nor horrible...
My grandchildren know there is sophisticated humor to this beautiful, sad, and very odd story told by each letter of the alphabet for the doomed Tinies therein..
I would not recommend for children under the age of eight..
Like so many others, I assumed (based on his drawing and sense of humor) that Edward Gorey was British, but he was actually born in Chicago, and had what he described as "negligible" training. In spite of only one semester in art school and a conventional education, he published over 100 books, and illustrated some 50 more.
"Gashlycrumb" (or "After the Outing") is 26 pages of illustrated verse, one line per page, each showing a child - designated by a name starting with the alphabetic letter in question - who is about to die a rather creative death. Incredibly weird, delightfully ghoulish, not for terribly small children or the overly sensitive, but delightful for the rest of us. Unlike most of his work, it's been newly published in a small edition and is therefore readily available for us to enjoy.
"F is for Fanny sucked dry by a leech"
"X is for Xerxes devoured by mice"
"Z is for Zillah who drank too much gin"
Hehehe, Priceless! Thanks R. & Tracy!!!
Yessssssss!!!!!!!! It finally arrived!
"A is for Amy who fell down the stairs..."
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I bought this as a gift for a friend who is new to Gorey.
My own collection boasts many signed first editions of Gorey's books, postcards (I own one of the 250 sets of "Neglected Murderesses" ever produced, signed and numbered), and other odd projects (a paper doll book featuring a bear!) , so I know what Gorey intended for us to see. You will not see his work accurately reproduced in this edition.
I strongly suggest that you go to a used book site (i.e. Abe Books) and look for an older edition of this book which was first published in 1963. Even the reproduction in the first volume of his collected works - "Amphigorey" - is far better.