The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton

First, the book is oh-so-pretty. Hardcover, with pretty illustrations inside.
Yes, pretty, even The Boy with Nails in His Eyes…
Okay, I don’t like that one much. But really, I think the art style is great.

The book contains 23 poems slash short stories about sympathetic creatures (children?), trying to fit in or struggling to find something (love? meaning of life?). No, I don’t think this is for kids. Especially the one with Oyster Boy. Imagine some parents who eat his child just because it could solve his problems in bed (you know, the child being an oyster that’s aphrodisiac).


Anyway, I particularly love this one called Voodoo Girl.

Her skin is white cloth,
and she’s all sewn apart
and she has many colored pins
sticking out of her heart.

She has a beautiful set
of hypno-disk eyes,
the ones that she uses
to hypnotize guys.

She has many different zombies
who are deeply in her trance.
She even has a zombie
who was originally from France.

But she knows she has a curse on her,
a curse she cannot win.
For if someone gets
too close to her,

the pins stick farther in.

and of course, the very first one:

Stick Boy and Match Girl in Love

Stick Boy liked Match girl,
he liked her a lot.
He liked her cute figure,
he thought she was hot.

But could a flame ever burn
for a match and a stick?
It did quite literally;
he burned up pretty quick.

Pages: 113
4 out of 5

I wish I could show you the illustrations. They’re awesome :)

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