Okay…I had never heard of The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories before my lovely, artistic daughter recommended that I read it for Carl’s R.I.P.II Challenge. She didn’t tell me anything about it, but it IS a Tim Burton creation, so I expected it to be very creative and unique. I picked it up on Saturday, brought it home, and read it in one fell swoop. At first I was a little taken aback..it jarred me out of my own reality and hurled me elsewhere. But the more I read, or laughed, or was grossed out, or wondered…the more I realized again how much I like Tim Burton. He challenges me to think differently, to let go of my preconceived notions of things, to laugh, to look at the world from completely different angles, to not take myself so darn seriously!
This book is a collection of really weird and poignantly humorous stories (written in verse) which are filled with brilliantly bizarre characters, such as the Boy with Nails in his Eyes, Stain Boy, Roy the Toxic Boy, Junk Girl, Oyster Boy. Burton captures all of our melancholy emotions in these little stories. The book is a “brain-sticker” — I keep thinking about it, trying to figure out how Burton managed to evoke so much thought and emotion with such simple verse and drawings.
Oh yes…a little serendipity to add to my reading experience. I just discovered that Saturday was Tim Burton’s birthday… Happy birthday, Mr. Burton!