The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories, Tim Burton

As the creator of my favourite film – The Nightmare Before Christmas – this delightfully dark book was a must purchase:

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The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy is a trip through the wonderfully dark, and childishly sinister mind of Tim Burton. More a collection of poems with beautifully bizarre illustrations by Burton himself, this book brings to the reader a look at the darker side of childhood.

The wonderfully-imagined characters all work to highlight the feelings of children who don’t conform to “normal”, whether through choice or circumstance. Tim Burton brings through the feelings of children who suffer from the views of grown ups and kids alike.

Such wonderful characters such as Staring Girl, Stain Boy, Char Boy, The Girl With Many Eyes, and the titular Oyster Boy, this book is a must read for anyone who loves the films and creations that have lept forth from the devilishly delightful mind of Burton.

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