The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey
Perhaps I would love any book that begins with ‘A is for Amy’ but somehow I think that I would find a book where Amy has a tea party with her dolls less interesting and certainly less amusing than The Gashlycrumb Tinies. Like Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes or Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales for Children, Edward Gorey’s abecedarium (such a wonderful word) of children who meet unfortunate ends is darkly funny and so beautifully illustrated.
I learnt it off by heart so that I can amuse myself with it at any time and although not everyone is as lucky as I am to have a sticky end all of my own, it is so easily adapted eg. A is for Adolf who fell down the stairs.
You can enjoy it all here. My favourite is Neville, who’s yours?
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