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The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories

Burton, Tim

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ISBN 10: 0688156819 / ISBN 13: 9780688156817
Published by Rob Weisbach Books, New York, 1997
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Text unmarked. Gift inscription to previous owner on front free endpaper. Color and black & white illustrations. Boards lightly bumped and shelf worn at corners, edges and spine ends. Quantity Available: 1. ISBN: 0688156819. ISBN/EAN: 9780688156817. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 146917. Bookseller Inventory # 146917

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Title: The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other ...

Publisher: Rob Weisbach Books, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Edition: First Edition.

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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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This unassuming hardcover in black buckram with a dark lavender title plate is the door into a world of twisted pleasures. Filmmaker Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas) tells 23 winsomely macabre stories about boys and girls who don't fit in. Their bodies are misshapen, their habits are odd, and their parents are appalled by them. But they do try hard to be human, like poor unwanted Mummy Boy, who's "a bundle of gauze": he goes for a walk in the park with his mummy dog. Some kids are having "a birthday party for a Mexican girl." They think Mummy Boy is a piñata: "They took a baseball bat and whacked open his head. Mummy Boy fell to the ground; he finally was dead. Inside of his head were no candy or prizes, just a few stray beetles of various sizes." For all its simple humor, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories is a peculiarly disturbing book about the violence that children suffer. It is illustrated in pen and ink, watercolor, and crayon. The themes and imagery are at a young-adult to adult level.

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