The Gashlycrumb Tinies (The Vinegar Works, #1) by Edward Gorey

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The Gashlycrumb Tinies (The Vinegar Works, #1) Read Online Free - The Gashlycrumb Tinies: or, After the Outing is an abecedarian book written by Edward Gorey that was first published in 1963. Gorey tells the tale of 26 children (each representing a letter of the alphabet) and their untimely deaths in rhyming dactylic couplets, accompanied by the author's distinctive black and white illustrations. It is one of Edward Gorey's best-known books, and is the most notorious amongst his roughly half-dozen mock alphabets.[2] It has been described as a "sarcastic rebellion against a view of childhood that is sunny, idyllic, and instructive". The morbid humor of the book comes in part from the mundane ways in which children die, such as falling down the stairs or choking on a peach. Far from illustrating the dramatic and fantastical childhood nightmares, these scenarios instead poke fun at the banal paranoias that come as a part of parenting.

Title : The Gashlycrumb Tinies (The Vinegar Works, #1)
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ISBN : 0747541604
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 pages


karen rated it ★★★★★

April 24, 2017

this is not a book review so much as a fulfillment of a request by ladies whose whims i cannot refuse... R(est) I(n) P(ubescence): A Study of Child Mortality in Battle Royale and The Gashlycrumb Tinies as Historical Documents edward gorey was an american illustrator, and as such his children, or "t...

Annet rated it ★★★★☆

March 11, 2017

or... After the Outing Wew, weird, dark, absurd.... but intriguing... In short, A-Z alphabet but a morbid one. Children who tragically parted with life... A is for Amy who fell down the stairs... B is for Basil assaulted by bears... And so on until Z. Black & white drawings. Absurd, the weirdest c...

Calista rated it ★★★★★

December 12, 2017

I loved this little book. I love Edward Gorey. This is a book of ABCs and each letter is how a child died. I know this is macabre and quirky. I think being the end of my trimester and drained of sleep, I simply was dying laughing at each page of this book. I don't know why. It was the release tha...

Nandakishore rated it ★★★★★

April 04, 2017

I have a love-hate relationship towards creepy children's books. During my childhood, they used to scare the hell out of me - in those days the enlightened souls who wrote children's books were of the opinion that scaring the living daylights out of a kid was the best way to ensure that he grew u...

Anya rated it ★★★★★

May 09, 2016

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 mean, this book is perfect- a perfect cocktail of morbidity, poetry, beautiful art and the funnies. This is a book about 26 children (or as Gorey c...

Florencia rated it ★★★★☆

January 26, 2018

I've met the guy that inspired the awesome Tim Burton, finally. And as I figured, his weird awesomeness is breathtaking. This is a book apparently for children (it is NOT) that, with quite a morbid sense of humor, teaches the alphabet. Twenty-six ways to die and lovely pictures describing each on...

Darwin8u rated it ★★★★☆

August 05, 2016

C is for CLARA who wasted away D is for DESMOND thrown out of a sleigh A clever, short, picture book. Think of a macabre, Victorian 'Dumb Ways to Die', decorated with dark drawings of 26 children named from A (Amy) to Z (Zillah). The pictures and words describe all the ways this alphabet soup of ch...

Ronyell rated it ★★★★★

September 02, 2012

Twenty-six different ways to die! Now, I am no stranger when it comes to reading dark and morbid books for children since I had read children’s books such as “Halloween ABC” and “The Spider and the Fly” which were just as morbid. But “The Gashlycrumb Tinies” was one of the first children’s books...

Daniella rated it ★★★★★

January 06, 2009

"N is for Neville who died of ennui." Ha! Perfection! The Gashlycrumb Tinies is a work of utterly fantastic macabre hilarity. 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 M...

David rated it ★★★★★

December 23, 2015

Probably Gorey's most famous work, clever and lightly (?) sardonic and meticulously crafted. An abecedarian book. Told in dactylic (look it up!) couplets about each of 26 (one for each letter of the alphabet) children and how they met their untimely deaths. Sound horrific? It's very fun and funny...

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