The Gashlycrumb Tinies

The Gashlycrumb Tinies Review

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
Edition Language:English

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  • karen

    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...

  • Amalia Gavea

    “A is for Amy who fell down the stairs. ....naturally, I would start with my name, right? Right?I feel so bad saying how much I enjoyed this one....It's Edward Gorey, people! One of the artists tha...

  • Calista

    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...

  • Annet

    or... After the OutingWew, 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...

  • Nandakishore Varma

    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...

  • Anya

    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 ...

  • Florencia

    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 se...

  • Darwin8u

    C is for CLARA who wasted awayD is for DESMOND thrown out of a sleighA clever, short, picture book. Think of a macabre, Victorian 'Dumb Ways to Die', decorated with dark drawings of 26 children named ...

  • David Schaafsma

    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 a...

  • Ronyell

    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 a...