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The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories Hardcover – October 22, 1997
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This unassuming hardcover in black buckram with a dark lavender title plate is the door into a world of twisted pleasures. Filmmaker Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas) tells 23 winsomely macabre stories about boys and girls who don't fit in. Their bodies are misshapen, their habits are odd, and their parents are appalled by them. But they do try hard to be human, like poor unwanted Mummy Boy, who's "a bundle of gauze": he goes for a walk in the park with his mummy dog. Some kids are having "a birthday party for a Mexican girl." They think Mummy Boy is a piñata: "They took a baseball bat and whacked open his head. Mummy Boy fell to the ground; he finally was dead. Inside of his head were no candy or prizes, just a few stray beetles of various sizes." For all its simple humor, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories is a peculiarly disturbing book about the violence that children suffer. It is illustrated in pen and ink, watercolor, and crayon. The themes and imagery are at a young-adult to adult level.
In the manner of the pictorial tales of Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl, and Edward Gorey--but from a slightly more twisted realm of the imagination--Burton's creepy stories conjure up the fantastical, even the slightly demented: "The Boy with Nails in His Eyes," "Roy, the Toxic Boy," "The Girl with Many Eyes" ("You get really wet/When she breaks down and cries"), and "Brie Boy" ("The other children never let Brie Boy play ... but at least he went well with a nice Chardonnay"). -- Entertainment Weekly
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All in all it's a short read that will not last more than ten minutes, it's interesting in itself for the morbid Burton illustrations that it has and some of the stories are intriguing but the quality ratio in the story is not good enough with many falling flat.
It would be a good read for when your waiting for the bus or tram but nothing I would really recommend anyone unless they were big Burton fans or fans of dark comedy.
100+ pages of Tim Burton goodness. Featuring various Burton characters and their unique tales. Some are written in prose while others are in rhyme. Enjoyable and fun for all ages!
All the poems are beautifully accompanied by original illustrations drawn by Burton, the perfect complement for the stories he tells throughout the book. The book is also presented in a Postscript version of Scripps College Oldstyle, a very interesting notation on the last pages.
The peculiarity of all the characters in this book is what makes them so compelling, the poems are filled with a very dark humor, irony and beautiful metaphors (there is the story of `Voodoo girl', a girl with pins around her heart, so no one can get close to her or she will be hurt) All the characters are outcasts, characters so unique that it is very difficult for them to fit in and be loved, but even though they're different, the situations can somehow relate to real life. Once you read this book it is very easy to understand the origins of `Edward Scissorhands', a guy with scissors instead of hands who couldn't possible hug or have physical contact with anyone. The last poem of the book is the perfect ending for this incredible compilation of bizarre tales on the lives of even more bizarre but lovable characters.
An excellent book for all ages, the poems are quite rhythmic and simple, I have bought a couple of copies to give to some of my friends and I haven't met a single person who has read it and didn't like it. The poem that gives title to the book is just unbelievable and the best poem of the book; how love can lead to cruelty and the melancholic fate of poor oyster boy will leave you with a sensation of sadness.
If you have enjoyed the works of Burton in the movies and specially liked `Edward Scissorhands' you are going to fall in love with this book.