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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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview Edwaard a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Gorey tells the tale of 26 children each representing a letter of the alphabet and their untimely deaths girey 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. 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 tinues childhood nightmares, these scenarios instead gorwy fun at the banal paranoias that come as a part of parenting. Hardcover32 pages. Published November 5th by Bloomsbury first published The Vinegar Works 1.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Gashlycrumb Tiniesplease sign up. Be the first to ask vorey question about The Gashlycrumb Tinies. Lists with This Book. R est I n P ubescence: A Study of Child Mortality in Battle Royale and The Gashlycrumb Yorey as Historical Documents edward gorey was an american illustrator, and as such his children, or “tinies”, meet gashltcrumb ends in very american ways.

View all 46 comments. May 10, Amalia Gavea rated it it was amazing Shelves: I feel so bad saying how much I enjoyed this one It’s Edward Gorey, people! One of the artists that defined the Gothic illustrating style as we know it today.

Influenced with Victorian and Edwardian elements, this alphabet book is everything an alphabet book shouldn’t be But I loved it. And I am a teacher. And what does this say for me? Also, I am horrible This is an abecederian book written in 26 couplets. One was thrown out of a sleigh, another was smothered under a rug and a third one died of ennui.


I timies this would be a book that will be difficult to stomach for some readers but if we try and ignore the macabre of the situations, then the entertaining factor is right there.

Plus, it’s Edward Gorey. One cannot write a review on any of his works. He is meant to be experienced, his artistic style, his particular way of writing, his uniqueness Trust me, you won’t be tiines My reviews can also be found on https: View all 22 comments.

Dec 12, Calista rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this little book.

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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 that I needed apparently. The art is classic Gorey and only he would be quirky enough to use ennui. This is amazing stuff and I think this stuff is rather brilliant. And, it is a good stress reliever, appar I loved this little gashlyctumb. And, it is a good stress reliever, apparently. This is not tiniws everyone, but if you like quirky and different, I think you will enjoy this master’s work.

This is probably my favorite of Edward’s so far! View all 17 comments. After the Outing Wew, weird, dark, absurd 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 edwadr by bears And so on until Z. Absurd, the weirdest collection Second Gorey for me, what an artist Anyone have a recommendation for my next Edward Gorey? View all 5 comments.

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May 08, Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing. 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 up to be an upright human being. But I went back, again and again. They must have inculcated the enduring love of horror that I have today.

This is an alphabet book – or A B C book as we Indians call it – I have a love-hate relationship towards creepy children’s books. This is an alphabet book – or Eddard B C book as we Indians call it – which attempts to teach each letter of the alphabet with an example.

The Gashlycrumb Tinies: A Very Gorey Alphabet Book – A Useful Fiction

But instead of the “A for Apple, B for Ball” we have kids who met their end in various unusual and gruesome ways. And the accompanying pictures are creepy and funny at the hinies time.


I mean, how many kids “die of ennui”? View all 12 comments. May 09, Anya rated it it was amazing Recommended to Anya by: 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 Edwsrd calls them, tinies each for a different alphabet who meet a Gorey heh end. And it’s a book with a lesson- we all are mortals, we’re all bound to die sometime.

Bah, fairy tales with high Every time I read a disturbing book, I’m gripped by the thought of wanting to make tinirs future grey read it don’t know what that says about me. Bah, fairy tales with high unrealistic quotients. Give me some disturbing children’s book any day. Oct 31, Florencia rated it really liked it Shelves: I’ve met the guy that inspired the awesome Tim Burton, finally. And as Gazhlycrumb figured, his weird awesomeness is breathtaking.

This is a borey apparently for children it is NOT that, with quite a morbid sense of humor, teaches the alphabet. Twenty-six ways to die goeey lovely pictures describing each one of them.

This would have been such a funny way to learn the alphabet, although I’d probably be a hypochondriac or a sociopath by now. My letter is F Now that’s a bad way to go. Aug 05, Darwin8u rated it really liked it Shelves: The pictures and words describe all the ways this alphabet soup of children met their unfortunate tinise Anyway, it was fun, morbid and diverting unless you knew a child who died from axes or tacks, lakes or mistakes.

Oct 14, David Schaafsma rated it it was amazing Shelves: Probably Gorey’s most famous work, clever and lightly?

Told in dactylic look it up! It’s very fun and funny and for all ages. I have read this book many times, and own it, as you all should. Sep 01, Ronyell rated it it was amazing Recommends it for:

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