The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy : And Other Stories, Paperback

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy : And Other Stories Paperback

4 out of 5 (7 ratings)


Twenty-three illustrated gothic tales from the dark corridors of the imagination of Tim Burton.

Burton - the creative genius behind Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks! and Nightmare Before Chistmas, among others - now gives birth to a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children: misunderstood outcasts who struggle to find love and belonging in their cruel, cruel worlds.

His lovingly lurid illustrations evoke both the sweetness and tragedy of these hopeful, yet hapless beings.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Short stories
  • ISBN: 9780571224449



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This is a little collection of macabre, dark, quirky, humorous, strange and sometimes disturbing poems accompanied by illustrations. Most of the poems have a dark fairy tale/nursery rhyme feel - think Edward Scissorhands in three short verses - but Burton's trademark humour is never very far away. A must read for anyone who loves Burton's films like me.

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It's to short ;) An insight in Tim Burton's sensitive yet dark imigination.

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A collection of odd poems, true to the odd nature of the author. Some sad, some quirky, some funny, and the only problem is that it's a tiny little volume that should have been much longer. "Char Boy"For Christmas, Char boy received his usual lumps of coal,which made him very happyFor Christmas, Char Boy received a small present instead ofhis usual lump of coal,which confused him very much.For Christmas Char Boy was mistaken for a dirty fireplaceand swept out into the street.

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But she knows she has a curse on her,a curse she cannot win.For if someone getstoo close to her,the pins stick farther in. from "Voodoo Girl"A very short book of odd little poems about freakish children and parents who can't understand their unnatural offspring. My favourite poem is "Voodoo Girl" and my favourite picture is of Staring Girl's eyes having a well-deserved rest.
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Not quite sure how to describe this. Simple little poems, a little dark.

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