Who knew that Tim Burton wrote a poetry/prose book? I sure didn’t! I only found out about this beauty at a Halloween themed poetry event, and after hearing a few passages I just had to get my hands on the Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy.
What is The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy:
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories is a short book by Tim Burton consisting of prose style poetry along with illustrations in his signature eerie style. It was release in 1997, and became a cult classic amoung fans.
Just over 100 pages long you’ll breeze through it in a single sitting, but it’s definitely something to revisit when you finish.
Oyster Boy gets a few poems, and we meet other outcasts such as Robot Boy, Anchor Baby, and Staring Girl. The overall theme of the book is misfit children. It definitely gives Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a run for it’s money.
What I thought:
Normally poetry/prose books aren’t that easy to read, sometimes I take a few days or go back and forth but I flew through this. I also enjoyed how he didn’t try to show off, it was all Tim Burton in an all new medium.
If you love poetry, Tim Burton, and all things creepy then this is absolutely the book for you.