This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey

The Gashlycrumb Tinies (1963)

by Edward Gorey

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
2,003435,097 (4.56)35

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 35 mentions

English (42)  French (1)  All languages (43)
Showing 1-5 of 42 (next | show all)
Okay, hilarious...great illustrations...clever, clever, clever! I love it!


"F is for Fanny sucked dry by a leech"
"X is for Xerxes devoured by mice"
"Z is for Zillah who drank too much gin"

Hehehe, Priceless! Thanks R. & Tracy!!!


Yessssssss!!!!!!!! It finally arrived!

"A is for Amy who fell down the stairs..." ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
This is a cute, twisted little book. There really isn't a plot; it's more of an A, B, C's book. I wouldn't recommend it as a learning aid for A, B, C's but it's defiantly something fun for older alphabet lovers. ( )
  AngelaRenea | Jan 12, 2019 |
It's bleak, it's black, it's morbid: the very image of macabre is this, Gorey's tiny masterpiece. In just 28 short frames (including the iconic title page), "The Gashlycrumb Tinies" chronicles the tragic deaths of 26 children. It's easy to write this work off as appealing to the black-fingernailed set, but this is a wryly funny work which does what the best macabre fiction does: blends despair with laughter (the kind of laughter you can't stop even though you know you should).

My favourite frames are those in which the manner of death is almost unspoken: the child reaching her hand up to open a door, unaware of the bar-room brawl on the other side; the inquisite effete young boy gazing at a package, and so on. If nothing else, this is a work of sublime inventiveness. ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
“A is for Amy who fell down the stairs.

....naturally, I would start with my name, right? Right?

I feel so bad saying how much I enjoyed this one....It's Edward Gorey, people! One of the artists that defined the Gothic illustrating style as we know it today. Influenced with Victorian and Edwardian elements, this alphabet book is everything an alphabet book shouldn't be (...and I am not making any sense...) because it's morbid to the core. But I loved it. And I am a teacher. And what does this say for me? ...Also, I am horrible...

This is an abecederian book written in 26 couplets. 26 tiny poems for 26 tinies who met an untimely demise in some quiet peculiar, bleak and utterly gothic ways. One was thrown out of a sleigh, another was smothered under a rug and a third one died of ennui. I know this would be a book that will be difficult to stomach for some readers but if we try and ignore the macabre of the situations, then the entertaining factor is right there. Plus, it's Edward Gorey. One cannot write a review on any of his works. He is meant to be experienced, his artistic style, his particular way of writing, his uniqueness...Trust me, you won't be disappointed...

''Y is for Yorick whose head was knocked in.''

....this Bard is everywhere....

My reviews can also be found on https://theopinionatedreaderblog.wordpress.com ( )
  AmaliaGavea | Jul 15, 2018 |
Macabre humour suitable for Tim Burton fans, Victorianists, and children in need of a warning. ( )
  m_k_m | Apr 15, 2017 |
Showing 1-5 of 42 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Information from the Spanish Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
For Helne
First words
A is for Amy, who fell down the stairs
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
One of the most famous of the grim humor kids' books. "A is for Amy who fell down the stairs." etc.
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0151003084, Hardcover)

"A is for Amy who fell down the stairs. B is for Basil assaulted by bears. C is for Clara who wasted away. D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh..." The rhyming couplets of this grim abecedarian are familiar, of course, to devotees of macabre humor, but the darkly crosshatched drawings are (as Poe put it) "the soul of the plot." Several years went by during which The Gashlycrumb Tinies: Or, After the Outing was not available in a small hardcover edition like this one, which is the true format for Edward Gorey's specialty, the adult picture book. (For those who wish to share the gloom there's a 10-copy assortment with The Curious Sofa.)

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:56 -0400)

(see all 3 descriptions)

Drawings show an alphabet of young victims and how they died.

Legacy Library: Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey has a Legacy Library. Legacy libraries are the personal libraries of famous readers, entered by LibraryThing members from the Legacy Libraries group.

See Edward Gorey's legacy profile.

See Edward Gorey's author page.

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (4.56)
1 1
2 7
2.5 3
3 28
3.5 7
4 139
4.5 17
5 364


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 136,494,454 books! | Top bar: Always visible