Book Review: A Halloween Treat / Edward Gorey’s Ghosts by Edward Gorey

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A Halloween Treat / Edward Gorey's Ghosts

by Edward Gorey

Publication: Bloomsbury USA on September 4th 2012
Genres: Children's Fiction, Horror, Picture Books
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
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In A Halloween Treat, kids and cats go trick or treating, and gather loot that might be tricks--or perhaps the best treat imaginable: their very own monsters. A short vignette, published in book form for the very first time, it will be an undiscovered delight for Gorey fanatics. Turn the book over to its back cover to read from the other direction, and you'll delve into a collection of Edward Gorey's Ghosts, curated from his extensive oeuvre. Charmingly spooky, these ghastly phantasms come in all shapes and sizes--the perfect thing to curl up with on a chilling Halloween night.

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] was gifted this book as part of a Halloween-themed swap, and really couldn’t think of a better day than today to review it!

The first half of the book, A Halloween Treat, has each page marked not with a page number, but with a letter in the word “Halloween”, and is filled with cute and creepy illustrations–some paired with brief speech-bubble stories–culminating in the final page (the “n” of “Halloween”, as it were) with the creepiest image of all.

The reverse side of the book, Edward Gorey’s Ghosts, may well be my favorite–though this half is solely comprised of illustrations. The images are captivating and beautiful, mostly insketched black-and-white, though a few images feature a small contrast of color for an eye-catching effect. Each illustration really does tell a story, whether spooky, scary, or even sorrowful–and I was left wishing I knew more about each panel.

This was, admittedly, my first Edward Gorey experience, but I feel confident in saying that it won’t be my last. Though short on words, this two-in-one book would be a delightful addition to anyone’s Halloween repertoire.


Happy Halloween!

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