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 who are having "a birthday party for a Mexican girl" mistakenly take Mummy Boy for 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 humour, 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, watercolours, and crayon. The themes and imagery are at a young-adult to adult level.
'Burton's creepy stories conjure up the fantastical, even the slightly demented.' -- Entertainment Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
This little book is like a glimpse into the weird and wonderful mind of Tim Burton. These poems, stories and illustrations are dark and utterly bizarre, but frankly we wouldn't... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Callum M
Made me giggle, reflects his personality well so I love it. Great illustrations!Published 2 months ago by Lauren D
In 1997, Tim Burton published this collection of short stories. Modern fables of marginals in melancholic poetry. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Omnes
It was requested by my daughter aged 12 years. She loves it and likes stuff by Tim Burton.Published 7 months ago by marguerite jarvis