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The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy: The Holiday Edition and Other Stories
     

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy: The Holiday Edition and Other Stories

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by Tim Burton
 

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

Overview

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).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060526498
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/22/2002
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
399,133
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 7.85(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Read an Excerpt

Stick Boy and Match Girl in Love

Stick boy liked Match Girl,
he liked her a lot.
He liked her cute figure,
he thought she was hot.

But could a flame ever burn
for a match and a stick?
It did quite literally;
he burned up pretty quick.

Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy, The-Holiday Ed.. Copyright © by Tim Burton. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

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.

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Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lovett, I lovett, I lovett, I lovett, I lovett! Tim Burton is my life!
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You inspire us all.
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FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Bizarre, strange, dark, nonsensical, and just plain weird; these are words often used to describe the mind of Tim Burton, one of the country¿s best-known filmmakers. Burton is also the author of several books, including the much loved The Nightmare Before Christmas, a book that was developed into a movie and became a cult classic, and The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories, a truly odd yet surprisingly funny book of poems/short stories. For fans of Burton, this is one book that doesn¿t disappoint. The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories is, as the title implies, a book of numerous short stories. Each one is quite brief, typically just a page or two, and all are written in the form of poems. Each story is illustrated with simple stick figures or very simplistic drawings that a child might create and they capture the essence of each story perfectly. Some stories may leave you scratching your head and wondering, while others are laugh-out-loud funny. An example of the former might be The Girl with Many Eyes:

One day in the park
I had quite a surprise.
I met a girl
Who had many eyes.
She was really quite pretty
(and also quite shocking!)
and I noticed she had a mouth,
so we ended up talking.
We talked about flowers,
And her poetry classes,
And the problems she¿d have
If she ever wore glasses.
It¿s great to know a girl
Who has so many eyes
But you really get wet
When she breaks down and cries.

Melonhead, on the other hand, would most likely elicit a reaction of `eww¿ while also causing a laugh:

There once was a morose melonhead,
Who sat there all day
And wished he were dead.
But you should be careful
About the things that you wish.
Because the last thing he heard
Was a deafening squish.
Quill says: A truly bizarre, yet funny, collection of short stories sure to please Burton¿s many fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is 120 some pages of perfectly bizzare characters with humanistic traits inherant in each word and picture. For $20, I wouldn't buy anything else!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is Tim Burton's best book yet. He really captured the image of Oyster boy.I found this book weird and creepy.It keeps you at the edge of excitement.I enjoyed this book,I hope you also enjoy it too.I want Tim Burton to write another book of all the characters he has created into one fantastic book.See Ya Later Readers.