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The Gashlycrumb Tinies [Hardcover]

Edward Gorey
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5 Nov 1998
An alphabetical phantasmagoria in which a succession of infants meet dreadful ends.

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (5 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747541604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747541608
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 15.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A truly prodigious and original artist, Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000), gave to the world over one hundred works, including The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Doubtful Guest and The The Wuggly Ump; prize-winning set and costume designs for innumerable theatre productions from Cape Cod to Broadway; a remarkable number of illustrations in publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Times. Gorey's masterful pen and ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humour have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Demented, horrific and I loved every page of it. 19 July 2000
Format:Hardcover
Edward Gorey's take on the alphabet is truely twisted as children who's name begins with each letter dies in some horrible way. Even though it's probably not a book that will be appearing in the classroom anytime soon, it's still great fun to read. I think my favourite is "T" is for Titus who flew into bits, where you see this young well dressed boy holding a package one can only imagine is some sort of letter bomb. Gorey's one of my favourite artist's. His style is original, clever and creepy. Something I could definently see Tim Burton using in a film. There are three books I can recommend to those who are just getting into Edward Gorey's work, "The Epileptic Bicycle", "The Doubtful Guest" and this one. My advice is to start off with this one and get the other ones next. Lots of fun.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kookily Creepy....Everyone should own a copy. 21 Mar 2001
Format:Hardcover
Well, well, well. What can I say? The Gashlycrumb Tinies is a remarkable book. The combination of humour and horror that these little one liners induce is a joy to behold. "Out-Dahling" Dahl at every turn, Gorey manages to compel the reader to laugh at some of the most grotesque deaths ever to befall a child. His skill as an artist is almost matched by his words, but it is the delicate nature of his sketches that is most satisfying. One of lifes great joys is to watch an unsuspecting reader pick up this book and see their eyes widen by the second page. A true delight and one that realises that children love the horrific more than the twee.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An A-Z of children dying... 13 Jan 2004
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A rhyming A-Z of children dying ("A is for Amy who fell down the stairs/B is for Basil assaulted by Bears"), with brilliantly detailed, sometimes gruesome, often funny pen and ink drawings accompanying each letter/death. Clearly not the book to be given to the young, the uptight, or the mentally stable, but I loved it. With the same macabre sense of humour as The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy -- Tim Burton, this book is endlessly entertaining. It's pretty expensive at 5.99 for such a small book, but it is hard-cover and it will honestly last you for life, getting plenty of use whenever like-minded friends come round. The drawings look like olden days etchings which adds to the strange atmosphere and morbidity. It's fascinating to look at all the detail of the pictures, and the look of melancholy resignation in most of the children's faces. Also good as a psychological insight into an author who was clearly not normal in mind!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C is for Creepy and thats what this is.......... 18 Jan 2001
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Format:Hardcover
This book is so bizarre but absolutely brilliant. I first heard of this book when I found A-L in a magazine and cut them out, I thought it was so strange that I had to read the book so I did and it was even better, creepy but fun! I recommend this book to anyone with a good sense of humour and a love of good illustrations....enjoy!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best... 8 Mar 2006
Format:Hardcover
Some of Edward Gorey's work is quite nonsensical, almost like dream diaries (see "The Epileptic Bicycle" and quite a few others), but "The Gashlycrumb Tinies" is absolutely perfect. The drawing is in obsessively minute detail, giving it all a strange clarity, as if the macabre accidents that befall the A-Z of small children are a matter of melancholic inevitability. In several of the pictures there almost seems to be actual movement, as if it would all come to life if you looked at it from the corner of your eye. The blacker-than-black humour to be found here is certainly reminiscent of the late great Roald Dahl, as other reviewers have noted, and this book is clear evidence of the huge influence on Tim Burton.
Like Tim Burton's "Melancholy Death Of Oyster Boy", this is a grim little gem that you will surely come back to on many a rainy afternoon indoors. ("The Doubtful Guest" is also excellent.)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful take-off of a classical idea 9 Mar 2000
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Format:Hardcover
After having "A is for Amy who fell down the stairs, B is for Basil assaulted by Bears" as my desktop wallpaper for a while, I felt compelled to read the rest, and I am glad I did.
This book is beautiful, a truly original and funny work. It only contains 26 sentences but every one had me giggling like a kid again.
It won't take you long to read, but you'll come back to it again and again... a very fine book indeed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow... 24 Jan 2006
Format:Hardcover
I bought this on a recommendation and at first I was a little sceptical about it, but I was completely wrong. This is something I know off by heart (literally) and something that makes me laugh at smile, it’s getting to be in quite a state which is a compliment for any loved book. The pictures are great, but on there own they wouldn't be anything too special, but nor would the words so it's fair to say they compliment each other perfectly and for any fan of Roman Dirge, Tim Burton, Vasquez Gorey's work is pretty much ensured to amuse and fascinate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Gorey 1 April 2008
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This is my favourite of all the Gorey I've read, and was also the first I purchased. It is, esentially, an A-Z of children dying, so it may not be to everyone's taste, however, the style and wit with which it is executed is unbeatable. Highly reccomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it... but had no idea how small the book is...
Published 3 days ago by Luis Benkard
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't take long to read....
I was surprised at the miniatureness of this book. Well illustrated and well written, but it took me two minutes to read. I wish I had borrowed it from the library. Read more
Published 1 month ago by OU student
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark
Bit dark for my 5 and 7 year old, but I love it! Maybe they will grow into it as they emerge into teenagehood

Fantastic images and simple yet effective endings. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome endings
I always buy books for my adult offspring at Christmas, This year, as well as the usual novel, I bought 'fun' or age inappropriate pop-up books. Read more
Published 5 months ago by scones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and very quirky!
Gave this as a gift, really unusual and darkly funny. Definitely for someone with a particular sense of humour. Great price too, all round A+
Published 6 months ago by Nina
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely little book , quick and easy payment
lovely little book , quick and easy payment. would recommend this book to any one who likes creepy illustrations .
Published 6 months ago by vicky budgett
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gashlycrumb Tinies
It's a beautiful book, I love the work of Edward Gorey so I'm enjoying reading it, it's almost new in good conditions
Published 7 months ago by Laura Ospina P
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I heard about Edward Gory online and wanted to buy a different type of book. I enjoyed the illustrations and one lined sentences on each page. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars A is for.....
A is an alphabet of a different kind
B is for bears and the victims they find.
C is for child with an ill gotten fate,
D is for death with 24 dates. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Go Book Yourself
4.0 out of 5 stars The ghoulish Gashlycrumb
A fantastic little book, simply a catalogue of childrens demises with the wonderfully loose illustrations depicting said horrors. Read more
Published 16 months ago by David A'Hara
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