The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy: and Other Stories

Front Cover
Harper Collins, Oct 22, 1997 - Fiction - 128 pages
410 Reviews

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).

  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
198
4 stars
127
3 stars
63
2 stars
19
1 star
3

Lovely love artwork. - Goodreads
Hopeless yet funny poems and artwork by Tim Burton. - Goodreads
Quirky and fun, both in the writing and the art. - Goodreads
the dark funny that relaxing and easy to read. - Goodreads
The illustrations were nothing short of gripping. - Goodreads
Very funny book, lovely illustrations. - Goodreads

Review: The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories

User Review  - Lex Marie - Goodreads

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories is the perfect mixture of macabre and complete normalcy, like a roadkill version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I love Burton's very simple yet ... Read full review

Review: The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories

User Review  - InÍs Sofia Azevedo - Goodreads

I've always been a huge fan of Tim Burton's work. He is a total genius when it comes to movies and I've always loved his "dark mind". I laughed so much while reading this book, the poems are so unique and I absolutely adore the drawings. Read full review

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1997)

Tim Burton is the creative genius behind Batman, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks!, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, among others. He began his career at Disney, where his first project was a six-minute tribute to Vincent Price. His second film, the twenty-seven-minute Frankenweenie, was deemed unsuitable for children and never released in theaters. He lives in New York and Los Angeles.

Bibliographic information