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The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy: and Other Stories (edition 1997)

by Tim Burton

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Title:The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy: and Other Stories
Authors:Tim Burton
Info:HarperEntertainment (1997), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 128 pages
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The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories by Tim Burton

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Siniestro. Hermoso. Desgarrador. ( )
  Glire | Jul 7, 2014 |
Soy un fan del cine de Tim Burton, y siempre digo que me encantaría poder meterme un ratito en su cabeza. Debe ser un lugar increíble. La poesía no es lo mío, así que agarré este libro con bastante desconfianza. Y me sorprendió. Tiene todos los condimentos de algo "Burtoniano". Tiene esa cosa de hacer que algo sea a la vez entrañable y trágico, inocente y macabro. Lástima que sea tan cortito. ( )
  chaghi | Jun 1, 2014 |
A collection of odd poems, true to the odd nature of the author. Some sad, some quirky, some funny, and the only problem is that it's a tiny little volume that should have been much longer.

"Char Boy"

For Christmas, Char boy received his usual lumps of coal,
which made him very happy

For Christmas, Char Boy received a small present instead of
his usual lump of coal,
which confused him very much.

For Christmas Char Boy was mistaken for a dirty fireplace
and swept out into the street. ( )
  -Eva- | Apr 16, 2014 |
Reseña de Fantasía Mágica

Este es un librito breve que se lee rapidísimo. La edición que me prestaron es en español, pero afortunadamente en las últimas páginas está escrito el texto original en inglés.
Si lo van a leer, les recomiendo que -si les es posible- no lean la traducción. Está bien hecha, pero se pierde gran parte de la magia de las pequeñas poesías-historia. Hay muchas rimas y juegos de palabras que si bien los traductores hicieron un buen trabajo, y se nota que lo pensaron mucho y le pusieron muchísimo esfuerzo, simplemente no es lo mismo.

En sus poquititas páginas el libro se divide entre las poesías y los dibujos.
Tim Burton tiene una habilidad maravillosa para hacer que lo que normalmente sería tétrico, resulte tierno y querible, como ocurre con muchas de las sencillas (pero lindas) ilustraciones.

Este libro rebalsa de ternura ¡es hermoso!... hay muchísimos personajes, y sus breves historias están llenas de inocencia. Son pequeñas viditas trágicas, que a pesar de esa tragedia te hacen reir a carcajadas (y no con maldad, aclaro por las dudas).
Los protagonistas son siempre niñitos, y como logra en las películas, Tim Burton te hace ver con amor a personajes que son considerados 'bichos raros' por todos. Es la inocencia y la dulzura más allá del aspecto o sus características extrañas.

Es difícil en una reseña captar la ternura de estas poesías con rimas tan simpáticas.

La melancólica muerte de Chico Ostra es la historia central por ser una de las más extensas, y es realmente melancólica. Pobrecito Chico Ostra, que destino tan cruel.
Algunas poesías simplemente se extienden durante cuatro renglones, pero no hace falta más. En pocas palabras está dicho todo, con unos dibujos horribles y hermosos a la vez.

Criaturas adorables como la niña con la nariz de pegamento (a la que se le pegan los pañuelos de papel cada vez que se suena), el Chico Ostra que se disfraza de humano para navidad, la niña que mira fijo a todo el mundo, Stain Boy que deja manchas por donde pasa, y tantos otros personajes absolutamente adorables.

Es ternura pura, si les gusta Tim Burton no dejen de leerlo. ( )
  outlanders22 | Sep 21, 2013 |
This book is full of mad ideas and sometimes disturbing themes, but overall these poems are easy to read, enjoyable and enhanced by the wonderful illustrations provided by Tim Burton. It is something that I could easily read just a few poems out of if I didn't have much time, or something that I will definitely be re-reading in its entirity at some point in the future. Robot Boy is my favourite of the collection due to the humour and interesting accompanying images. ( )
  charlottejones952 | Sep 2, 2013 |
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De feestdagen van Stokjesjongen
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Stokjesjongen was gek op Lucifermeisje,
hij was stapelgek op haar, elke dag.
Stick  Boy liked Match Girl,
He liked her a lot.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0688156819, Hardcover)

This unassuming hardcover in black buckram with a dark lavender title plate is the door into a world of twisted pleasures. Filmmaker Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas) tells 23 winsomely macabre stories about boys and girls who don't fit in. Their bodies are misshapen, their habits are odd, and their parents are appalled by them. But they do try hard to be human, like poor unwanted Mummy Boy, who's "a bundle of gauze": he goes for a walk in the park with his mummy dog. Some kids are having "a birthday party for a Mexican girl." They think Mummy Boy is a piñata: "They took a baseball bat and whacked open his head. Mummy Boy fell to the ground; he finally was dead. Inside of his head were no candy or prizes, just a few stray beetles of various sizes." For all its simple humor, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories is a peculiarly disturbing book about the violence that children suffer. It is illustrated in pen and ink, watercolor, and crayon. The themes and imagery are at a young-adult to adult level.

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Filmmaker Tim Burton has become known for his unique visual brilliance - witty and macabre at once. Now, he gives birth to a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children - misunderstood outcasts who struggle to find love and belonging in their cruel, cruel worlds.… (more)

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