The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories

Written by: Tim Burton

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From breathtaking stop-action animation to bittersweet modern fairy tales, filmmaker Tim Burton has become known for his unique visual brilliance – witty and macabre at once. Now he 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 the tragedy of these dark yet simple beings – hopeful, hapless heroes who appeal to the ugly outsider in all of us, and let us laugh at a world we have long left behind (mostly anyway).
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Jim
Damn!!! This is so dark but funny so Tim Burton

Its a collection of very short stories about very strange beings. There are no happy endings at all. You see all of those likeable people ( or matchsticks or whatever ) and you think, aww its sad what happened with them, i bet things will be good in the end.........NO.
Im not proud but i laughed with the most of the stories, is it something wrong with me? should i be worried?

Read this book, i don't know why or how but it will cheer you up
Franco Santos
Siniestro, gótico, oscuro. Un libro de Tim Burton no podría no ser así. Es una seguidilla de historias tristes y obviamente tétricas. Me gustó.
Carla Dente
Puede ser porque soy extremadamente fan de Burton o porque llevo más de cuatro años buscándolo, pero amé completamente este librito

Estoy más que segura de que a las personas que no soy muy seguidoras del director no les va a terminar de convencer (o les va a parecer muy poco en relación con el precio que tiene), pero si realmente les gusta Burton es seguro que van a amar esta serie de poemas e ilustraciones :D

CONFESIÓN: Como no lo conseguía por ningún lado me lo terminé comprando en e-book p Puede ser porque soy extremadamente fan de Burton o porque llevo más de cuatro años buscándolo, pero amé completamente este librito

Estoy más que segura de que a las personas que no soy muy seguidoras del director no les va a terminar de convencer (o les va a parecer muy poco en relación con el precio que tiene), pero si realmente les gusta Burton es seguro que van a amar esta serie de poemas e ilustraciones :D

CONFESIÓN: Como no lo conseguía por ningún lado me lo terminé comprando en e-book por 1,40 dólares hace como cuatro años, así que ya lo había leído (muchísimas veces), y ahora que lo tengo en físico planeo gastarlo hasta sabérmelo de memoria jajaja
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Jason
I can't believe how old this book is already, stumbled across it whilst looking in a box in the loft.

If you are a fan of Tim Burton's a nightmare before Christmas and corpse bride then you'll love this book. The illustrations are stunning and really freaky, the poems themselves are pretty messed up. There are a lot about kids and babies and couples trying for a baby, the results of which don't end well. The titles are genius, examples; Jimmy, the hideous penguin boy and the boy with nails in hi I can't believe how old this book is already, stumbled across it whilst looking in a box in the loft.

If you are a fan of Tim Burton's a nightmare before Christmas and corpse bride then you'll love this book. The illustrations are stunning and really freaky, the poems themselves are pretty messed up. There are a lot about kids and babies and couples trying for a baby, the results of which don't end well. The titles are genius, examples; Jimmy, the hideous penguin boy and the boy with nails in his eyes. It's an odd mind that managed to come up with these.
Núria
Un librito delicioso lleno de freaks para los que alguna vez se han sentido unos freaks. Es el típico universo de Tim Burton traducido en poemitas de una ingenuidad brillante. No es necesario decir nada más. Sólo añadiré que yo lloré con la historia del Chico Ostra y también con la de Chico Momia. Pero en realidad todos los personajes son tan entrañables que me gustaría poder adoptarlos a todos.
Lee Martens
I've been a fan of Tim Burton's work ever since I saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a kid. I've loved The Nightmare Before Christmas and my sister and I have watched Edward Scissorhands countless times.
Like his movies, this book is a pure piece of art. It combines stories, poetry and drawings together to form something almost magical. The stories are gruesome yet very funny. Burton is a genius to me.
My only wish is that this book were longer. The 100 pages or so are quickly read due to I've been a fan of Tim Burton's work ever since I saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a kid. I've loved The Nightmare Before Christmas and my sister and I have watched Edward Scissorhands countless times.
Like his movies, this book is a pure piece of art. It combines stories, poetry and drawings together to form something almost magical. The stories are gruesome yet very funny. Burton is a genius to me.
My only wish is that this book were longer. The 100 pages or so are quickly read due to the drawings and the short texts and it's just not enough. I want more!
Elise
Es un libro corto pero puedes leerlo tanto en español como en inglés (me gustó en español pero disfrute mucho más la versión original).
Contiene poemas que no te dejan indiferente y que indudablemente pertenecen a la imaginación de Tim Burton. No es para todos los gustos pero si te agradan sus películas (en especial "The Nightmare Before Christmas" ya que sus personajes parecen salidos de ese mundo) te recomiendo darle una oportunidad.
Bryce Wilson
Pulled myself away from watching Sweeney Todd for the 183rd time to revisit this wonderfully nasty bit of work from Tim Burton. It's a little darker then most of his works, and the first time I was read it I was a little taken aback. He definitely witholds the happy endings he reserves for most of his freaks in this tome. Still it's funny, beautiful, a little sad and a little sweet. In other words pure Burton.

And as a boy with nails in his eyes myself, I'm glad someone finally put my plight dow Pulled myself away from watching Sweeney Todd for the 183rd time to revisit this wonderfully nasty bit of work from Tim Burton. It's a little darker then most of his works, and the first time I was read it I was a little taken aback. He definitely witholds the happy endings he reserves for most of his freaks in this tome. Still it's funny, beautiful, a little sad and a little sweet. In other words pure Burton.

And as a boy with nails in his eyes myself, I'm glad someone finally put my plight down on paper. Damn Christmas Trees never come out right.
Abril
¡Increíble! Me encantó totalmente. Los poemas, las ilustraciones, todo me pareció perfecto, y a pesar de tener ese toque gótico y macabro, me hizo reír más de una vez
Pau Vilchez
La melancólica muerte de Chico Ostra un libro extraño...demasiado extraño

Ayer estaba viendo videos de booktube y uno de ellos me encantó. Ahora mismo no sé cómo se llamaba pero era del canal “Susurrando Historias” que por cierto os recomiendo mucho. Ese vídeo hablaba de libros que te lees muy rápido y uno de ellos (el cual he leído) me llamó mucha la atención y aprovechando que lo tenía en formato digital lo leí.

Este libro no tiene argumento alguno ya que el autor Tim Burton (sí el de las películ La melancólica muerte de Chico Ostra un libro extraño...demasiado extraño

Ayer estaba viendo videos de booktube y uno de ellos me encantó. Ahora mismo no sé cómo se llamaba pero era del canal “Susurrando Historias” que por cierto os recomiendo mucho. Ese vídeo hablaba de libros que te lees muy rápido y uno de ellos (el cual he leído) me llamó mucha la atención y aprovechando que lo tenía en formato digital lo leí.

Este libro no tiene argumento alguno ya que el autor Tim Burton (sí el de las películas) nos escribe diferentes poemas muy cortos sobre niños extraños. Y con niños extraños me refiero a niños robots, niños ostras... (Y no digo nada más por posible spoiler). Todos los pequeños poemas riman mucho ¡cosa que me encantó! Y vienen con ilustraciones un poco macabras del autor.

Los personajes sin duda son magníficos ya que todos son curiosos y tienen su chispa de “miedo”.

Recomiendo este pequeño poemario a todos y todas los lectores amantes de Tim Burton ya que el autor es igual que en sus películas (con los personajes y el escrito) y no os voy a mentir se lee en máximo quince minutos y sirve para subir el reto de Goodreads. Este año no lo voy a cumplir ya que me he propuesto no estresarme.

¡Nos leemos en otra reseña!
Vicente Ribes
Divertido libro que nos presenta diferentes personajes que tienen en comun la excentricidad, la rareza, la fantasía y la marginalidad. Todos ellos tienen histórias tragicómicas salidas de la mente de Tim Burton y se nos presentan a traves de pequeños poemas. Si te gusta el cine de este autor el libro te encantará.
Se lee en un ratito y es muy divertido. A destacar la buena labor del traductor para hacer que las rimas continúaran en la edición en español.
Nestor
Indiscutiblemente este es un libro para conocedores y amantes del trabajo cinematográfico de Tim Burton, pues de otra manera es incomprensible e insoportable. Su técnica poética es mala, pero es conmovedora, directa, te hace reír y vibrar dese el corazón; la ilustraciones... como decirlo, son fieles al estilo Tim Burton y claramente consecuentes con toda la obra. Me encantó de principio a fin. Dicen que cuando el alma pasa por momentos oscuros, la poesía es el mejor faro.
Marianthi
This was everything I was expecting it to be. A poetry collection with accompanying scketches by Tim Burton. Slightly unsettling, creepy, and weird. It was pretty great.
Eeva
I think that's going to be one of my fave books ever. EVER.
Bazillion golden stars!!!
Eliška **
Ok. I’ ve never imagined that one of my favorite books could be a book of poetry. But this... This is amazing, wonderful, stunning. Just read it.
Donald Armfield
A fan of Tim Burton. Who brought us Edward Scissorshands. Nightmare Before Christmas and many others.

These shorts are a little morbid read through a child's eyes. If your kid is afraid of bumps in the night then avoid this book.

I enjoyed every story starting with something strange and ending with a laugh or smirk.
Osvaldo
jajajajajajajajjajajajajajajajajajaja este libro se lee en 30 minutos, es HERMOSO, siniestro, melancólico, gótico, TIM BURTON cómo solo él sabe ser, <3.

Haré una foto-reseña de este libro en mi BLOG, seguro!
Evgeniya
The most awesomely weird book! An all-time favorite.
Kelly
This book was 43 ways of wrong. And funny.
Nikasbooklounge
Just WOW. A must read for all Tim Burton fans.
Ivo
I read this book with my friend Christina and we both had a fun time reading these little short story poem things. The Tim Burton illustrations were adorably creepy and I loved all of them! The stories were sad, but funny and it was just a really quick fun read. I’d very much recommend it!
Lau
Este es un librito breve que se lee rapidísimo. La edición que me prestaron es en español, pero afortunadamente en las últimas páginas está escrito el texto original en inglés.
Si lo van a leer, les recomiendo que -si les es posible- no lean la traducción. Está bien hecha, pero se pierde gran parte de la magia de las pequeñas poesías-historia. Hay muchas rimas y juegos de palabras que si bien los traductores hicieron un buen trabajo, y se nota que lo pensaron mucho y le pusieron muchísimo esfuerz Este es un librito breve que se lee rapidísimo. La edición que me prestaron es en español, pero afortunadamente en las últimas páginas está escrito el texto original en inglés.
Si lo van a leer, les recomiendo que -si les es posible- no lean la traducción. Está bien hecha, pero se pierde gran parte de la magia de las pequeñas poesías-historia. Hay muchas rimas y juegos de palabras que si bien los traductores hicieron un buen trabajo, y se nota que lo pensaron mucho y le pusieron muchísimo esfuerzo, simplemente no es lo mismo.

En sus poquititas páginas el libro se divide entre las poesías y los dibujos.
Tim Burton tiene una habilidad maravillosa para hacer que lo que normalmente sería tétrico, resulte tierno y querible, como ocurre con muchas de las sencillas (pero lindas) ilustraciones.

Este libro rebalsa de ternura ¡es hermoso!... hay muchísimos personajes, y sus breves historias están llenas de inocencia. Son pequeñas viditas trágicas, que a pesar de esa tragedia te hacen reir a carcajadas (y no con maldad, aclaro por las dudas).
Los protagonistas son siempre niñitos, y como logra en las películas, Tim Burton te hace ver con amor a personajes que son considerados 'bichos raros' por todos. Es la inocencia y la dulzura más allá del aspecto o sus características extrañas.

Es difícil en una reseña captar la ternura de estas poesías con rimas tan simpáticas.

La melancólica muerte de Chico Ostra es la historia central por ser una de las más extensas, y es realmente melancólica. Pobrecito Chico Ostra, que destino tan cruel.
Algunas poesías simplemente se extienden durante cuatro renglones, pero no hace falta más. En pocas palabras está dicho todo, con unos dibujos horribles y hermosos a la vez.

Criaturas adorables como la niña con la nariz de pegamento (a la que se le pegan los pañuelos de papel cada vez que se suena), el Chico Ostra que se disfraza de humano para navidad, la niña que mira fijo a todo el mundo, Stain Boy que deja manchas por donde pasa, y tantos otros personajes absolutamente adorables.

Es ternura pura, si les gusta Tim Burton no dejen de leerlo.
Reseña de Fantasía Mágica
Jocelle Gibson
As soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to read it,whether it was good or not, I just knew I had to get a copy and see this in person. It called to me from a bookshelf in a library and I thought to myself, why out of all the books in the entire library, was I drawn to this tiny one?
Tim Burton has to be one of my all time favourite directors and creator of all things creepy and borderline sadistic.
In a nutshell, this book is Creepy with a capital 'C' and the poems themselves are so beautifull As soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to read it,whether it was good or not, I just knew I had to get a copy and see this in person. It called to me from a bookshelf in a library and I thought to myself, why out of all the books in the entire library, was I drawn to this tiny one?
Tim Burton has to be one of my all time favourite directors and creator of all things creepy and borderline sadistic.
In a nutshell, this book is Creepy with a capital 'C' and the poems themselves are so beautifully depressing that after you read them, you need a few minutes to really comprehend the words you just read. Burton has this effect; the ability to leave you sitting there, dwelling on the depressing and gory words printed right before your eyes - making you question life and why on earth you picked up such a depressing book.
The main poem of Oyster Boy stuck with me for long after I had read it; it was haunting and was so powerful that the ending left me feeling as if I'd been cut by Sweeney Todd's barber blades.
A very short book with eerie drawings to depress you even further - this is a collection of poems for those who really want to step out of their comfort zone and into the abyss that is; Tim Burton.
Donna
Tim Burton is a genius! I freaking loved this book!
It's an easy 115 pages long, and the stories are more like little poems or tiny short stories accompanied with awesome, grungy 'Tim Burton-y' style illustrations. More reasons to love the book! The stories themselves are pure Burton; creepy, dark, weird, awesome! If you're a fan of his fantastic work, then this is the book you NEED!
But when I found this book on Waterstones website, and once I had discovered that it's a very short book, I wasn't Tim Burton is a genius! I freaking loved this book!
It's an easy 115 pages long, and the stories are more like little poems or tiny short stories accompanied with awesome, grungy 'Tim Burton-y' style illustrations. More reasons to love the book! The stories themselves are pure Burton; creepy, dark, weird, awesome! If you're a fan of his fantastic work, then this is the book you NEED!
But when I found this book on Waterstones website, and once I had discovered that it's a very short book, I wasn't overly keen on paying the full price for it. (£9.99) so I scooted over to the store and managed to pick it up for £2.81. Bargain! But after reading it, I'd have been more than happy to pay £9.99 as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll probably (most definitely) read it again tonight in bed (is it bedtime yet? No? Damn it.)
It's also the one book this year that has actually made me laugh out loud. I LOLed.
Derp!
Normally I laugh in my head or give out a nose laughter whenever I read something humorous in a book. But this one has pure dry, dark humour, which is right up my street. And I lllllloved it!
Like I said above, he's a genius, and now I'm going to search the store for any other books he may have written, and I'll happily pay full prices for them.
Lucas Silva
These poems are so different from most of the stories for children that it was difficult for me not to like these funny, tragic and cruel stories.

The characters are so crazy and different, like Toxic Boy - who liked very much breathing in strange things like Carburetor smoke, aerosol spray, ammonia, etc -, and Junk Girl - who was made of junk, and Anchor Baby - a baby who sank his mother in the sea because he was heavy as an old metal kettle and his umbilical cord was in the form of a chain.

Thro These poems are so different from most of the stories for children that it was difficult for me not to like these funny, tragic and cruel stories.

The characters are so crazy and different, like Toxic Boy - who liked very much breathing in strange things like Carburetor smoke, aerosol spray, ammonia, etc -, and Junk Girl - who was made of junk, and Anchor Baby - a baby who sank his mother in the sea because he was heavy as an old metal kettle and his umbilical cord was in the form of a chain.

Through tragic endings the author makes several jokes about human behavior and moral. For me, the poem about Anchor Baby is the strongest social criticism in the book, but at the same time the cruelest.

This is the third book in English which I could read. I have been studying English for not long ago, because of this some jokes were difficult to understand. I want to read it more times, for I feel like the next reading I'll find it much more funny.
Mary Rose
Burton lo conozco por sus peliculas como El extraño mundo de Jack, El cadaver de la novia, Ed Wood, El gran pez y muchas otras más; pero nunca había pensado en que vería un libro publicado por él y especialmente uno de poesía.
Reconozco que me ha gustado muchisimo sus poemas, todos ellos uno más peculiar que el anterior, al igual que la edición del libro: acompañado por ilustraciones y, en las últimas páginas, toda la recopilación de los poemas en su versión original (del cual recomiendo totalm Burton lo conozco por sus peliculas como El extraño mundo de Jack, El cadaver de la novia, Ed Wood, El gran pez y muchas otras más; pero nunca había pensado en que vería un libro publicado por él y especialmente uno de poesía.
Reconozco que me ha gustado muchisimo sus poemas, todos ellos uno más peculiar que el anterior, al igual que la edición del libro: acompañado por ilustraciones y, en las últimas páginas, toda la recopilación de los poemas en su versión original (del cual recomiendo totalmente en leerlas en ingles).
Seguamente para los amantes de sus peliculas, les va a gustar muchísimo este libro. Pero para los que lo desconocen (aunque dudo mucho que a estas alturas alguien desconozca las peliculas de Burton), los recomendaría si les interesa leer un poco de poesía en donde nos presenta diferentes niños que comparten tres cosas en común: lo extraños, solitarios y diferentes que son realmente.
Mehmet
Quite flabbergasted by Tim Burton as I have always been and continue to be! Poems never really caught my interest before, but this book certainly did for obvious reasons. Well, I'm not sure whether I'm being biased or not but I sure sound like it. The stories manifested in the poems were all burtonized to the bone! I really loved that. The usual sense of Tim's own darkness was pretty absorbing too. I HAVE TO REREAD IT!
Miss Abernathy
Hace tiempo que estaba pensado sobre este libro, estaba muy segura de que si lo releyera no me parecería tan genial y así hice. Leí los poemas, la mayoría por encima, me paré un poco en el poema que da título al libro y recordé la profunda aflicción que sentí a leerlo, la soledad.

Estos poemas tienen cierto encanto.
Elaine Mullane
A collection of dark yet simple outcasts are brought to life in this offering from the brilliant Tim Burton. Full of wit, the macabre and visually stunning illustrations that have all of the Burton charm, this book will delight fans.

Sweet but tragic, ugly but hopeful, this group of gruesome and misunderstood children appeal to the outsider in us all.
Stacy Fetters
Okay, Okay, I know, I know... I'm not the biggest Burton fan. But this will restore your love of his talent.
Found this while browsing an online book site, almost did a neck breaking double take. May have spit coffee, if I was drinking. First thought, Whoa! He wrote a book!?
He really has a nack for unloved strange children. You may even say peculiar (wink)
Abril Sol
Man! Tim Burton I so dark and twisted. I love him!
I do have to say, my little sister loves Tim Burton animated movies so I was planning to let her read my copy of this book. I am DEFINITELY NOT DOING that, this is not a read for 10 year-olds.
But for me, this was awesome. And the drawings complement this short tales (ish?) written in verse, so I'm glad I picked this guy up.
Faith-Anne
I love this book to bits. It's bizarre and really funny. Characters from this book of small poems become forever ingrained in the imagination. It's definitely worth a read if you have a warped sense of humor, as I do.
Delia De la fuente
Extremadamente ligero, es un libro al puro estilo de Burton, sus historias con esa tendencia de hacer de tus miedo, de tu ansiedad algo melancólico y hasta tierno, el texto no es la genialidad, más si las historias y obviamente las ilustraciones. Me gustó mucho.
Prince Arora
I read it about a month ago.. as a borrowed copy. i bought it for myself and read it again... it charmed me like it did the first time. (:
Mads
To me, whether it's movies or books, Tim Burton is amazing. this book is a mix of adorably cute and incredibly macabre and I love it. I recommend this book to every Tim Burton fan out there.
Diletta
Adorabile, malinconico, infido. Ovviamente da leggere così, in lingua originale, non oso immaginare la traduzione italiana. Consigliatissimo.
Octavi
Maravilloso. Si eres fan de Tim Burton, debes tener este libro. Fantástico.
Kaethe
I have the sort of Tim Burton crush that guarantees I'll read and enjoy this sort of thing, a little Gorey-esque sort of book.
Isabella Avellaneido
I am a crazy fan of the teacher Tim Burton, I had looked for this book everywhere, until my beloved sister gave it to me.
For some reason, I was very intimidated by this book, but now that I have finished it, I realize how beautiful it is
Burton, shows us once again that beauty, and normality, are totally subjective.
The melancholy death of the oyster boy, is one of those books that I re-read a thousand times and each time I will find a different meaning to the beautiful poems
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Clemma Waddell
Oh my goodness this was so sad!! I thought there might be a bit of humour but once I got to chapter 3 my heart was aching for these poor cartoon children who are on the outside, rejected, considered mistakes and suffering. Amazing illustrations and simple poetry has resulted in a very enjoyable little book (even though it made me so sad)
Betty
No puedo ser muy objetiva porque soy fan del trabajo del director.
Lo único que me atrevo a decir es que si eres fanatico y amante empedernido del trabajo de Tim Burton, definitivamente te va a a gustar. Y si no, pues es una manera bonita y directa de meterte en el mundo oscuro, cruel e inocente del cineasta.
Christoph
Beautifully weird ... like many of Tim Burton's early works.

Schön schräg, vor vielen Jahren auf einer Bücher-Schnupper-Tour in Barcelona entdeckt; umgeben von haufenweisen Tim Burton Merchandising Toys. :) Das Buch genommen, das Spielzeug zurückgelassen.

Wenn man Tim Burtons visuellen Erzählstil mag, dann wird man bei diesem kleinen Büchlein auch sicherlich glücklich werden. :)
Kim Reynolds-Jolles
I love everything Tim Burton, so when I got this book 16 years ago I was so happy. I re read it for the poetry month challenge, because it is a quick read. Much like Edward Gorey with horrible little poems about poorly formed children and most likely, their tragic death. I'm going to go dig up my Gorey books to read for the month challenge.
Rachel Chafer
Some stories really were quite dark and sad, but beautifully written and accompanied by equally beautiful art pieces. Only had the book 10 years and it took less than a week to read. If you have it, don’t delay! I think my younger self could have learnt a thing or two.
m. rosa
super weird and interesting! 15 year old me (who was obsessed with Tim Burton) would have loved this very much.

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livrinho bem bizarro e meio deprimente esse, eim. eu com 15 anos (fase que eu amava Tim Burton) teria amado.
Tünde Ecem Kutlu
this book was so tim burton, so beautiful and so creepy that i loved it. the pictures and the stories worked so well with each other. the anchor baby might be my favorite story. oyster boy is just so disturbing that i feel weird thinking about it.
Katie
as you would expect from tim burton this was weird and a little creepy, the art work was wonderful and the poem/stories were entertaining.
Luis
Fascinating stories, with even more fascinating drawings, by the genius Tim Burton.

Quick read, very advisable if you love dark humor and macabre tales
Jenny
Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy was excellent. It was very weird, dark, and funny. The illustrations were very Burtonesque. I think that most anyone would enjoy it.
Karla Torres
Las ilustraciones son preciosas. Los personajes están bien chidos, pero igual creo que no sabía realmente qué esperaba del libro, así que pues "mñéh". Está divertido, pero no valió toda mi espera para tenerlo. Ni modos.
Amanda Sandvoll
I started this book with no other idea than that it was by Tim Burton, one of my favourite directors/writers and was amazed by how deep, touching and as always in Burtons creations slighly creepy. Loved it.
Yasmeen Al-Salem
I really enjoyed reading this book. Dark, yet funny and light.
Natália
Bem mais dark do que eu esperava e muito melhor tbm
Lalcelikbilek12
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and other stories by Tim Burton is a interesting and peculiar poetry book. Tim Burton had expressed his unique and bizarre imagination through this poetry book. There were beautiful and quirky drawings in it.

In this book most of the poems were about: babies and how life for the parents were after they had a child. Every child was peculiar in a different way. For an example: in the poem “Oyster boy” the parents had a child (Oyster boy) and they didn’t want him a The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and other stories by Tim Burton is a interesting and peculiar poetry book. Tim Burton had expressed his unique and bizarre imagination through this poetry book. There were beautiful and quirky drawings in it.

In this book most of the poems were about: babies and how life for the parents were after they had a child. Every child was peculiar in a different way. For an example: in the poem “Oyster boy” the parents had a child (Oyster boy) and they didn’t want him as a child because he was a oyster. It was entertaining to read the different stories and the problems the characters found solutions to. An example of a character having problems because they are peculiar is “Mummy boy”. He got bullied because he was a mummy. At the end of the poem he got beaten up because they thought he was a piñata. Even if the poems went bad to worse I still enjoyed reading them.

The illustrations in this book was exactly like the Tim Burton animations. One of my favorite films is “Corpse bride”. I love the creepy and bizarre drawings. Judging from what I have seen, Tim Burton’s creations are unusual, strange and have dark humor in them. I wonder if he has work that is realistic?

I would recommend this book more to people who like dark humor and fantasy but I really recommend it to anyone. I found this book when I was looking for poetry books in the library. The cover caught my interest first but I wanted to read it when I noticed the author was Tim Burton because like I said before I love his films. Overall, this was another one of Tim Burton’s creations that I loved.
Manda
I really really wanted to love this book, and give it five stars and write a gushy review about how deliciously talented Tim Burton is... but I just cant.

It was good, it was dark, it was very creative and full of wonderfully deranged ideas and characters. The illustrations are divine and I could look at the for days.

Two words though: Rhyme and meter. Sure, maybe the broken rhythm is part of the charm and maybe not all poetry has to fit into tightly structured patterns, but I just felt that if i I really really wanted to love this book, and give it five stars and write a gushy review about how deliciously talented Tim Burton is... but I just cant.

It was good, it was dark, it was very creative and full of wonderfully deranged ideas and characters. The illustrations are divine and I could look at the for days.

Two words though: Rhyme and meter. Sure, maybe the broken rhythm is part of the charm and maybe not all poetry has to fit into tightly structured patterns, but I just felt that if it was a little more well written it would have been better.

If you are going to write something insane yet childlike, having that beautiful flow of well written children's verse is very necessary. If the patter of rhyme was more strictly adhered to, the sing song quality of the verse would have made it even more creepy.

Obviously, that's just my opinion and many are certain to disagree. I'm just saying, that would have worked better for me.
Emily
This review was also posted on my blog The Little Book Affair

I am a huge Tim Burton fan. I’ve been a fan of his practically my whole life. Needless to say, when I found out that Tim Burton as a book out I purchased it as soon as I could.

Obviously, I loved this book with my entire heart. I thought the drawings were great and the poems were even better. They were cute and disturbing, like most of Burton’s work. I really enjoy his art style. I read the stories fairly quickly and loved all of them. This review was also posted on my blog The Little Book Affair

I am a huge Tim Burton fan. I’ve been a fan of his practically my whole life. Needless to say, when I found out that Tim Burton as a book out I purchased it as soon as I could.

Obviously, I loved this book with my entire heart. I thought the drawings were great and the poems were even better. They were cute and disturbing, like most of Burton’s work. I really enjoy his art style. I read the stories fairly quickly and loved all of them. I found many of them quite funny.

This isn’t what you’d usually find people reading during the Christmas season – but I think that’s even more of a reason to read it. It’s out of the ordinary, much like Tim Burton himself.

Tim Burton has other books out and do plan on getting my hands on all of them.
Tracie
I get bored quite easily. I can count on my fingers how many books I've read twice; I only need one hand for books I've turned right back to the first page after finishing.

This was one of those books.

The poems are very simple - written in the style you probably learned in second grade - but seems perfect for the stories Burton is writing. The characters - especially Oyster and Mummy Boy - are as lovable as half creature/monster children can be.

I wouldn't recommend it to most children, because I get bored quite easily. I can count on my fingers how many books I've read twice; I only need one hand for books I've turned right back to the first page after finishing.

This was one of those books.

The poems are very simple - written in the style you probably learned in second grade - but seems perfect for the stories Burton is writing. The characters - especially Oyster and Mummy Boy - are as lovable as half creature/monster children can be.

I wouldn't recommend it to most children, because of the morbid content of the book. It's definitely aimed at the teenage/young adult demographic.

This was very much like Edward Gorey, although I disagree with those who say Burton copied his style. Both authors are very different, although they are both excellent at writing morbid little books that give the unfortunate children to stumble upon them nightmares.

Keeping my fingers crossed for another book like this from Burton!
Iloveplacebo
Libro de poemas cortos que me hubiese encantado tener cuando era niña (era muy fan de Burton cuando era pequeña. Crecí viendo Eduardo Manostijeras y Beetlejuice).

Un libro gótico, oscuro, bastante horripilante (creepy). La mayoría de las historias son tristes, aunque reconozco que me he reído, o al menos he sonreído, con algunas.
Trata sobre temas muy actuales y comunes como la muerte, matrimonios o parejas que no se llevan bien o no se entienden, niños incomprendidos, no solo por otros niños si Libro de poemas cortos que me hubiese encantado tener cuando era niña (era muy fan de Burton cuando era pequeña. Crecí viendo Eduardo Manostijeras y Beetlejuice).

Un libro gótico, oscuro, bastante horripilante (creepy). La mayoría de las historias son tristes, aunque reconozco que me he reído, o al menos he sonreído, con algunas.
Trata sobre temas muy actuales y comunes como la muerte, matrimonios o parejas que no se llevan bien o no se entienden, niños incomprendidos, no solo por otros niños sino por sus propios padres.

Hay que reconocer que se nota el estilo de Tim Burton (obvio, porque es obra suya), tanto en los dibujos como en los poemas. Personalmente me gusta mucho el estilo de Burton, o me gustaba en la época en la que hacía proyectos oscuros, trágicos y góticos.

Un libro muy corto que recomiendo tanto por la temática como por sus dibujos.

Lo recomiendo leer en inglés, ya que en su traducción se pierde la esencia y la "gracia" de los poemas.
Cecily Erker
At first glance, this looks like a total Edward Gorey ripoff, but Burton's crude, childlike watercolor and pen drawings are surprisingly heartrending, as if each is a metaphor for human failings or vices (or a victim of them). The accompanying poems are frequently as awkward as high school poetry (perhaps deliberately) but they have subtle wry, black humor. The title character comes from a poem about two parents who give birth to a boy with an oyster shell for a head, so they eat him as an aphro At first glance, this looks like a total Edward Gorey ripoff, but Burton's crude, childlike watercolor and pen drawings are surprisingly heartrending, as if each is a metaphor for human failings or vices (or a victim of them). The accompanying poems are frequently as awkward as high school poetry (perhaps deliberately) but they have subtle wry, black humor. The title character comes from a poem about two parents who give birth to a boy with an oyster shell for a head, so they eat him as an aphrodisiac in an attempt to concieve a normal child. The book is rife with similar absurd ideas and images that range from hysterically funny to completely disturbing and chilling. A detail no one ever mentions in a review is the description of the font typeface in the back of the book. It says something about how the font was chosen because it was free of any odd or unusual qualities, *irony* but it's actually a very pretty and peculiar font. I wish I could remember its name.
Miriam Cihodariu
I bought this book quite a few years back (as a gift, initially) and return to it from time to time. Winter seems like the ideal setting for it, so I gave it a go just now, after almost 5 years.

It's full of lovely kids-style poetry and rhymes, delivered in the same creepy-cute fashion that all Burton fans can recognize from a mile. The illustrations are eerie-pretty as well. You know that feeling you have, as a fan of Burton's movies, when you watch his short animation Vincent? You can tell how I bought this book quite a few years back (as a gift, initially) and return to it from time to time. Winter seems like the ideal setting for it, so I gave it a go just now, after almost 5 years.

It's full of lovely kids-style poetry and rhymes, delivered in the same creepy-cute fashion that all Burton fans can recognize from a mile. The illustrations are eerie-pretty as well. You know that feeling you have, as a fan of Burton's movies, when you watch his short animation Vincent? You can tell how it contains some buds that developed later in his major works. Well, it's same with this little book. I wouldn't recommend it to actual children as a bedtime story, of course (too creepy and gory), but it's also impossibly cute at the same time. Sounds strange, but it works (in the same way Burton can make it work - think Corpse Bride or Beetlejuice). :)
K.S. Thompson
Let’s take a few moments to admire this book. Seriously. Don’t open it just yet. Trust me when I tell you this is an experience that should be savoured. Sit quietly with it and softly stroke the fabric cover. Take a few moments to read the lovely note on the back. Hold it to your heart and listen. Do you hear the waves crashing on the shore? If so, you’re near the ocean. Lucky you!

I am not going to beat around the bush (who knows what may come running out?). I am smitten with this delightfully d Let’s take a few moments to admire this book. Seriously. Don’t open it just yet. Trust me when I tell you this is an experience that should be savoured. Sit quietly with it and softly stroke the fabric cover. Take a few moments to read the lovely note on the back. Hold it to your heart and listen. Do you hear the waves crashing on the shore? If so, you’re near the ocean. Lucky you!

I am not going to beat around the bush (who knows what may come running out?). I am smitten with this delightfully dark, yet rather amusing collection of prose. I knew I would be, even before I turned the first page.

Brew yourself a nice cup of tea, get comfortable in your favorite chair, and prepare to be charmed, puzzled, weirded out, and secretly thrilled. It is something for every Tim Burton fan, as well as everyone else who is a fan and just doesn’t realize it yet.
Rose
Love. This. Book. There's something so wonderfully artistic about this book I'm completely thrown into dream land by it. Though I've only seen very few of Burton's movies, this book makes me think this man's mind is a wonderful web of creativity & imagination unlike the common folk. It's the way I feel about Stephen King. Their minds aren't like us mere folk, they're on some other level where a wonderful, creative story will spring into being by the merest, simple thing; a plastic bag or a s Love. This. Book. There's something so wonderfully artistic about this book I'm completely thrown into dream land by it. Though I've only seen very few of Burton's movies, this book makes me think this man's mind is a wonderful web of creativity & imagination unlike the common folk. It's the way I feel about Stephen King. Their minds aren't like us mere folk, they're on some other level where a wonderful, creative story will spring into being by the merest, simple thing; a plastic bag or a shoe, anything. These short stories were juts really funny & brought a big smile to my face. And I don't know if I'm supposed to find the illustrations cute or not, but I sure do! Awww Melonhead. Melts my heart. :)
Audrey-anne
Well this was short! I finished my last book very late last night so this morning before leaving for work I chose one at random with the idea that I'd have something to read at lunch time and whatnot, I ended up starting AND finishing it in my morning commute.. 20 minutes top.

So, even though I loved it, I'd still recommend you either borrow it at the library or buy it used (as I did) because it's pretty expensive otherwise. There are illustrations for each stories, very minimal and bare, Tim Bu Well this was short! I finished my last book very late last night so this morning before leaving for work I chose one at random with the idea that I'd have something to read at lunch time and whatnot, I ended up starting AND finishing it in my morning commute.. 20 minutes top.

So, even though I loved it, I'd still recommend you either borrow it at the library or buy it used (as I did) because it's pretty expensive otherwise. There are illustrations for each stories, very minimal and bare, Tim Burton's usual style. What I loved the most was that all the stories rhymed. I just love rhymes xD They were pretty funny too, sometimes just straight up weird but what can we except other than that from the Strange Master himself.
Ahmed Khalil
Tim's words are the kind of words that absorbed the grief of not being understood. It’s quite extraordinary how a book with few words and adorable yet dark illustrations can leave such great impact within you.

This book is tells the story of the land where the misfit toys go, and it’s a land that many don’t like to talk about because the grass isn’t green and the sun doesn’t shine.

I’m not praising this book because I’m a fan of Burton’s work this book is actually really good. And Tim really need Tim's words are the kind of words that absorbed the grief of not being understood. It’s quite extraordinary how a book with few words and adorable yet dark illustrations can leave such great impact within you.

This book is tells the story of the land where the misfit toys go, and it’s a land that many don’t like to talk about because the grass isn’t green and the sun doesn’t shine.

I’m not praising this book because I’m a fan of Burton’s work this book is actually really good. And Tim really needs to write some more books and scrawl some new melancholic or tragically happy poems.
Ella
Non so, credo che forse questo libro vada letto durante il periodo della prima adolescenza o qualcosa del genere, perché ora come ora non mi ha dato davvero di niente. Bimbi inquietanti con filastrocche inquietanti, tutto qui. Ma sinceramente mille volte meglio Gaiman in queste cose, perché tranne farmi storcere il naso queste "filastrocche" non mi hanno fatto né caldo, né freddo. Oltre ciò, soffre tantissimo la traduzione, quindi forse sarebbe stato meglio leggere direttamente i testi in ingles Non so, credo che forse questo libro vada letto durante il periodo della prima adolescenza o qualcosa del genere, perché ora come ora non mi ha dato davvero di niente. Bimbi inquietanti con filastrocche inquietanti, tutto qui. Ma sinceramente mille volte meglio Gaiman in queste cose, perché tranne farmi storcere il naso queste "filastrocche" non mi hanno fatto né caldo, né freddo. Oltre ciò, soffre tantissimo la traduzione, quindi forse sarebbe stato meglio leggere direttamente i testi in inglese alla fine.
Meh.
Juan M
Un entretenido libro del mundo oscuro pero, a la vez, mágico de Tim Burton. Con personajes espeluznantes a primera vista, pero con un trasfondo bastante real, que terminan ganando el cariño del lector. Más de uno de estos personajes quedaran siempre en la memoria de quien sus líneas lea y sus dibujos vea.
En estos cuentos, lo macabro es transformado en algo grato gracias a la mano única de su creador, algo a lo cual nos tiene acostumbrado con sus películas.
Los dibujos expresan muy bien el conteni Un entretenido libro del mundo oscuro pero, a la vez, mágico de Tim Burton. Con personajes espeluznantes a primera vista, pero con un trasfondo bastante real, que terminan ganando el cariño del lector. Más de uno de estos personajes quedaran siempre en la memoria de quien sus líneas lea y sus dibujos vea.
En estos cuentos, lo macabro es transformado en algo grato gracias a la mano única de su creador, algo a lo cual nos tiene acostumbrado con sus películas.
Los dibujos expresan muy bien el contenido del texto y brindan ese toque particular de Tim Burton.
Kakihara
What else can you expect from Mr Burton after you have seen a few films directed by him, imagne what the book and Oyster Boy and Voodoo Girl or Sue or even The Pin Cushion Queen will be offering to you: Sarcasm and Irony for sure will be included, so allow yourself to be taken to a world where all possible ilogical things to be thought can happen. No need to smoke or to drink coffee not even a need to get little high... so open the book and get ready to have it all at once with all his character What else can you expect from Mr Burton after you have seen a few films directed by him, imagne what the book and Oyster Boy and Voodoo Girl or Sue or even The Pin Cushion Queen will be offering to you: Sarcasm and Irony for sure will be included, so allow yourself to be taken to a world where all possible ilogical things to be thought can happen. No need to smoke or to drink coffee not even a need to get little high... so open the book and get ready to have it all at once with all his characters, you will understand them, love them, feel sorry, `cause one of them it might be you.
Chinook
They were very amusing and macabre. My favourite:

The Girl Who Turned into a Bed

It happened that day
She picked some strange pussy willow.
Her head swelled up white
And soft as a pillow.

Her skin, which had turned
All flaky and rotten,
Was now replaced
With 100% cotton.
Through her organs and torso
She sprouted like wings,
A beautiful set
Of mattress and springs.

It was so terribly strange
That I started to weep.
But at least after that
I had a nice place to sleep.
Lysiane
Perfect bedtime stories for naughty kids.
Tim Burton can still surprise his fans and he shows it once again here with stories more unexpected one than another. The illustrations are welcome and necessary to it, bringing a whole new view.
It's sad but funny, creepy but sweet in a way.
You know you shouldn't laugh at that but you still do and I love that.
I love that it brings unexpected and various reactions, perfect!
Jess
The thing is. I'm pretty sure Tim Burton could sell a piece of an old blanket he touched in a hotel room and I'd give it 5 stars. I'm not the poetry type but this was definitely my style. Quirky in all the ways that make Tim Burton who he is and what he is. It was fantastic I wanted this book for years before I finally got it. There is no better way to describe it other than to say, "Yeah, that's written by Tim Burton."
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