The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy

Tim Burton- the creative genius behind Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks! and Nightmare Before Christmas, 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.

I don’t know what I was expecting when I picked up this book but it definitely wasn’t a book that I could finish in the time that it took me to eat my breakfast. This tickled me!

This book was filled with very short stories, there could be an argument for them being poems as opposed to stories but I’m not here to determine what sort of a read it was. I’m just here to say how I felt about the book and I loved it. It was short, I finished the book within 20 minutes but it was powerful and emotional, it stuck with me for the rest of the day.

The illustrations in the book went perfectly with the short stories and they were gorgeous pieces of art. They were a beautiful accompaniment to the dark tales.

I’m really not a spooky/creepy book reader, NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRY, but this book was the right kind of creepy for me. Tim Burton is whimsical and I’m a whimsy aficionado and I loved it.

This book is the perfect creepy read for someone who wants a. a really quick, short read, and b. A spooky read that isn’t too scary (if you’re like me and hate being scared but still want to join in with the October fun)

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