The Gashlycrumb Tinies


Title: The Gashlycrumb Tinies (Vinegar Works #1)

Writer: Edward Gorey

Publishing House: Bloomsbury

Date of Publication:  November 5th 1998 (first published 1968)

Rating: 5 stars

“A is for Amy who fell down the stairs. 

….naturally, I would start with my name, right? Right?
Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies
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…

Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies
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…

Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies

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

….this Bard is everywhere….



  1. Lovely review Amalia, glad you loved it! 🙂 I’m afraid I’m becoming a bad influence on you haha 😀

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    1. Thank you so much, Marina!! I love me some bad influence😎😎😎

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      1. Haha okay then 😀 If you want to read more of him, try his short story collection Amphigorey next, it has some brilliant stories 🙂

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  2. Ash says:

    This book looks fantastic. I’ll definitely have to check it out. Looks pretty dark, and I love anything dark.
    Great review!

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