This little book of poems took me completely by surprise! I absolutely loved this volume by the notorious Tim Burton and I would certainly recommend this one, not only to his fans but to everyone. While I was reading these chilling poems, I didn’t know whether to laugh or feel deeply disturbed. These poems were just so eerie! Plus, the illustrations added immensely to the stories told through these poems.
This collection features an interesting cast of characters, simultaneously odd, misunderstood, and for the most part, doomed. Some poems are straight and to the point, while others are twisty narratives that will frighten and delight. As an English major, I can definitely see themes of acceptance and humanity’s fear of “other” woven throughout here, but I don’t know if I’m reading too much into it, as Lit students will tend to do 😛 I wouldn’t mind reading this one with a class on Halloween, either in middle or high school.
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories is dark, macabre, witty, and chilling. I can certainly see this one becoming a staple that I pick up on Halloween each year along with Through The Woods by Emily Carroll. Definitely check this one out if you are a fan of Tim Burton, or if you are a fan of gallows humour!
Until next time,
If you’d like to learn more about Tim Burton and his work, you can visit his website here –> http://timburton.com/
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories Goodreads page –> https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/519112.The_Melancholy_Death_of_Oyster_Boy_and_Other_Stories?ac=1&from_search=true