In we celebrate the golden anniversary of the publication of The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Edward Gorey’s most iconic alphabet book and likely his best known. In , prolific mid-century illustrator and author Edward Goreypublished an alphabet book so grimly antithetical to the very premise of the. A is for AMY who fell down the stairs. THE GASHLYCRUMB TINIES by Edward Gorey. B is for Basil assaulted by bears. Page 2. TELE. C is for CLARA who.

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Give me some disturbing children’s book any day. Given the alphabetic diversity of my friends’ names, I think I should write a piece myself! View all 18 comments.

Gorey’s most famous alphabet book, set to rhyme, begins “A is for Amy who fell down the stairs” and continues on with a litany of gruesome accidents, churning its way through 26 very unfortunate children, accompanied by his delightfully dark drawings. After the Outing Wew, weird, dark, absurd U is for Una who slipped down a drain. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Curl up with a copy of The Gashlycrumb Tinies. His father was briefly a journalist.

My letter is F Now that’s a bad way to go. Jan 10, Greg Brozeit rated it it was amazing Shelves: I just bought myself a new copy, and had nearly forgotten how clever the words and illustrations! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And it’s a book with a lesson- we all are mortals, we’re all bound to die sometime. It gogey my eye and I thought I’d have to check it out soon. Feb 01, Sue rated it it was amazing Shelves: I goreey read this book many times, and own it, as you all should.

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Now, the images are not as graphic as the text implies, although there is one image that details a young girl named Kate being struck by an axe and the image shows a little girl being covered in blood with an axe being embedded into her body.

Sep 15, Gerry rated it it was amazing. I loved this little book.

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It’s one of those books you cackle maniacally over while flipping through it after a run-in at the local Mega-Mart with some snot-nosed brat screeching and howling because Mommy erward let him get that ridiculously expensive new toy or some treat with 20, grams of sugar. Hardcover32 pages.

Timies horror inside waits: I know this would be a book that will be difficult to stomach for some readers but if we try and ignore the macabre of the situations, then the entertaining factor is right there. Dark children’s books fans!!! However, the accompanying art only sets the stage for the tragedies. Quick, simple, and simply hilarious, it’s enjoyable n “N is for Neville who died of ennui.

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In later years he illustrated many children’s books by John Bellairs, as well as books in several series begun by Bellairs and continued by other authors after his death.

May 21, Stacey prettybooks rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 12, Calista rated it it was amazing Shelves: Second Gorey for me, what an artist And it never loses that exward ghastly charm.


But akin to crouching behind the chair while peering out at a B-horror movie, the Tinies’ reader can always close the book — and shut out the impending doom. It is a crosshatched black and white world of both rigid social class and brutal anarchy where nothing much happens until it does.

Want to Read saving…. I bought copies and sent one to a friend, another to my 8-year old grandson who kept looking at me while he read it As you would expect from Gorey, this is a dark, twisted and utterly delightful A-Z series of drawings and couplets telling how children met their fate, as in the “B” and “G” in Grafton’s quote.

The Gashlycrumb Tinies

But I went back, again and again. Be the first to ask a question about The Gashlycrumb Tinies. This book is small and darkly, horribly funny. I love Edward Gorey. It is one of Edward Gorey’s best-known books, and is the most notorious amongst his roughly half-dozen mock alphabets. And the accompanying pictures are creepy and edwarrd at the same time.

Our Exhibit Murder He Wrote reveals Gorey’s strange world of suspicious characters, red herrings, and inconclusive revelations. And if you are, then I implore you, please, venture out rinies find yourself one of those elusive yet magical things known commonly as a Sense of Freaking Humor.

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