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. Feb 10, Miriam rated it it was amazing Shelves: This’ll give me nightmares.

Bah, fairy tales with high unrealistic quotients. The masterful Gorey instead shows vulnerable Prue reaching to open the door of a saloon bar. The doleful moppets made their initial appearance within Simon and Schuster’s slip-cased publication of The Vinegar Works.

Sep 15, Gerry rated it it was amazing.

Now speaking as an adult who is trying to figure out the right age set that this book should be aimed wdward, I would recommend this book to children ages seven and up since the theme of death would be a bit too scary for smaller children and it could easily give them nightmares for a long time.

Curl up with a copy of The Gashlycrumb Tinies. F is for Fanny sucked dry by a leech This is a book about 26 children or as Gorey calls them, tinies each for a different alphabet who meet a Gorey heh end. It’s Edward Gorey, people!


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.

I then explained ‘dark humor’ and promised gashlycrmub take him to the Edward Gorey house next summer.

edwar I especially loved ‘K is for Kate who was struck with an axe’. Now, the moment you see the image of a skeleton dressed in a black overcoat and top hat carrying a black umbrella and looming over several children on the cover of this book, then you will know that this book is no ordinary book for children. In short, A-Z alphabet but a morbid one.

The Gashlycrumb Tinies

The Gashlycrumb Tinies is a work of utterly fantastic macabre hilarity. This is amazing stuff and I think this stuff is rather brilliant. It’s just better not to.

Trust me, you won’t be disappointed Every time I read a disturbing book, I’m gripped by the thought of wanting to make my future children read it don’t know what that says about me.

I bought copies and sent one to a friend, goreg to my 8-year old grandson who kept looking at me while he read it Our Exhibit Murder He Wrote reveals Gorey’s strange world of suspicious characters, red herrings, and inconclusive revelations. Given the alphabetic diversity of my friends’ names, I think I should write a piece myself! The Vinegar Works 1. Twenty-six different ways to die! Y is for Yorick whose head was knocked in. U is for Una who slipped down a drain. An alphabetical romp through various escapades undertaken by diffent people, all of whom look likely to meet an untimely end such as “N is for Neville who gorej of ennui” my favourite as he stares out of a window prior to presuambly departing this life!


Quick, simple, and simply hilarious, it’s enjoyable n “N is for Neville who died of ennui.

Poem: The Gashlycrumb Tinies

From tohe lived in New York City and worked for the Art Department of Doubleday Anchor, illustrating book covers and in some cases adding illustrations to the text.

Dark children’s books fans!!! Current Exhibition Our Exhibit Murder He Wrote reveals Gorey’s strange world of suspicious characters, red herrings, and inconclusive revelations. Jan 22, Suzy rated it it was amazing Tines It was the release that I needed apparently. Jan 10, Greg Brozeit rated it it was amazing Shelves: But happy day ironicallyit comes in book form. Z is for Zillah who drank too much gin.