Twenty-three illustrated gothic tales from the dark corridors of the imagination of the creative genius behind Batman, Edward Scissorhands and Big Fish.
Burton’s lovingly lurid illustrations evoke both the sweetness and tragedy of a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children – hopeful, yet hapless beings.
My initial reaction on reading this collection was something like this:
And even now, when I’m writing this review, I’m still not entirely sure what I think about this collection decidedly ‘odd’ little flash fictions.
I think I liked it. And I suppose the fact that despite it only taking me 40 or so minutes to read, it’s still causing me to think about it, days later, can only be a good thing. The illustrations however I have no confusion over, I loved them and they perfectly suit the feel of stories they sit alongside.
I can see me reading this one again and again over the coming months, just so I can try to make up my mind on it…
And that, I guess, means it was a success.