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Something At The Window Is Scratching Paperback – 18 Nov 2008


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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: SLG Publishing (18 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943151090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943151090
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 824,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Sep 2007
Format: Paperback
Twenty `Children's tales for disturbed children' told in poems. All wonderfully illustrated with macabre black and white drawings. Also, for some reason that I can't fathom, hidden in the illustrations are little pig cartoons that the author wants the reader to find. A quirky, fun little read for those with a slightly twisted sense of humour. If you like Struwwelpeter then this book will certainly amuse you too
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By grr on 29 April 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a cool, dark and amusing collection of tales and poems from Roman Dirge, creator of Lenore. Featuring things like "Pear Head Man and Bread boy," " Critter Pie" and of course the title tale, "Something at the Window is Scratching." Which is a great take on the Sandman story. Oh, and don't forget "Peter the Pirate Squid." Heh Heh Heh! Also, try and find all the little piggies randomly hidden in the artwork! What fun!

Ideal if you loved Tim Burton's Oyster Boy or Serena Valentino or Vasquez offerings! Lovely! And this is disturbingly cute! Remember, a weird family makes a weird baby......
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By tory on 17 Nov 2011
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i'd been after this for a while when i finally found a copy of it on here. it is a fantastic book.it arrived quickly and in great condition. i already own all the other roman dirge books he has released so was very excited when this arrived to complete my collection. the stories in it are very amusing, some more than others but dont think theres any in it that i dont like. the illustrations that go with each of the stories are, as usual, really good and the book also features some characters that have appeared in other books he has released, like peter the pirate squid and ragamuffin. if you are a fan of his other books you will like this one :)
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Sep 2002
Format: Paperback
Forget sandman
Forget necronomicon
Forget Anne Rice
Roman Dirge does it again, with his macabre wit and his underlying illustrations.
It's packed with strokes of genious like "critter pie", "pearhead man" and of course "something at the window scratching"
If you liked lenore, if you liked sandman, you'll love this book. A must!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VERY touched by this book 21 Jun 2000
By AngelDust - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Well, it sounds really dumb, but I love this book more than anything else. There's one picture in the book that is just so adorable, and I loved the one story so much that I got it tattooed on me. Yes, you read that right. The little sandman's son is tattooed about 6 inches big on my back right shoulder blade. Now, if that isn't explaining how good something is, I don't know what could.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"This stuff just comes to you, huh?" - quoting Roman's Dad 4 Feb 2003
By TorridlyBoredShopper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Roman Dirge's take on the childhood aspects are wonderful, especially when you filter into that account the entirety of his body of work. From Lenore, Monsters in My Tummy, and The Cat with a Really Big Head, and One Other Story that Isn't that Good, there is a scope that hits on what many of the imaginative creators in the past had sculpted while adding in his own thoughts and perspectives. Some range in the realms of the silly, some are smothered in darker aspects, and some are just plain twisted. In a sense that pleases this reader, it makes them all worthwhile reading.
Within Something at the Window is Scratching, forwarded by Jhonen Vasquez, we find twenty pieces of poetry forming "Children's tales fro disturbed children," as the front of the book calls them. Some are just that, too, dealing with everything from the silliest of notions in "Devil bunny" to more darkened aspects of demise in "the coo coo lady." While the continuity isn't always there and some of the pieces didn't interest me, the ones that did with their slightly disturbed Shel Silversteinesque rhyming methodology made me laugh and made the buy worthwhile. Also included in the book is a little game that Dirge wants you to play called find the piggies, where Dirge has drawn, you guessed it, little piggies into the backgrounds of some of his illustrations. Why would he do this? As he say, "I don't know." Still, it was fun for some reason that I cannot put my finger on.
If you've yet to check out Roman's work, perhaps you should start with Lenore and then work you way in. You can begin here if you wish because it is good stuff, but there are a few pieces that might make a lasting impression in one of Lenore's two Trade Paperbacks. Still, for even the casual fan of childhood madness, this is a nice piece to take home to your mother.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Just when you thought it was safe to read poems again! 5 Aug 1999
By Josh Weibley (gallifreyandoctor@juno.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love this book. It has the greatest art work, and the poems are the funniest yet. Very good for people who have a dark type of humor (and admit it, everyone does deep down.) 5 stars aren't enough to describe the zanny poems and illustrations. Also good, is his comic series 'Lenore', which I highly suggest for anyone who liked this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Timeless tales, silly portraits, all pretty tragic... 30 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Roman Dirge puts out a memorable collection of childish poems accompanied with good artwork. The language rings well with the pictures that are drawn in a very Dirge-distinct style, all on a grand spooky scale. What comes to mind is Shel Silverstein meets Edward Gorey meets the Simpsons meets Lane Smith. I recommend this little book for anyone, any age, with a bent for creepy-cute stuff.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Trying too hard to be funny 12 May 2004
By xXxBATSxXx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is my first experience with Roman Dirge, and it will probably be my last. I collect children's books, mainly off-beat ones, so this book caught my attention. But after reading through it, the only feeling I get from it is something similar to a stand-up comdedian trying his hardest to make people laugh. Do you know what I mean? For some people it just comes naturally to be funny or creepy, but Mr. Dirge is simply trying too hard. The illustrations are ok...just ok. But honestly, I wish I could trade this book in for something by Gris Grimly. The highlight of this book is searching for the hidden bunnies.
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