- Title: The Evil Garden
- Author: Edward Gorey
- ISBN: 9780764958854
- Page: 384
- Format: Hardcover
Great Uncle Franz, beside the lake,Is being strangled by a snake The peaches, apples, plums, and pearsAre guarded by ferocious bears.Alexa watches while her auntIs pulled feet first inside a plant.A happy, naive family enters the Evil Garden free admission to spend a sunny afternoon in its inviting landscape, lush with exotic trees and flowers They soon realize theirGreat Uncle Franz, beside the lake,Is being strangled by a snake.The peaches, apples, plums, and pearsAre guarded by ferocious bears.Alexa watches while her auntIs pulled feet first inside a plant.A happy, naive family enters the Evil Garden free admission to spend a sunny afternoon in its inviting landscape, lush with exotic trees and flowers They soon realize their mistake, as harrowing sounds and evidence of foul play emerge When humongous hairy bugs, famished carnivorous plants, ferocious fruit guarding bears, and a sinister strangling snake take charge, the family s ominous feelings turn to full on panic but where s the exit Edward Gorey leads us through this nefarious garden with a light step His unmistakable drawings paired with engaging couplets produce giggles, not gasps Perhaps The Evil Garden is a morality tale perhaps it s simply an enigmatic entertainment Whatever the interpretation, it s a prime example of the iconic storytelling genius that is Edward Gorey.Book Details Format HardcoverPublication Date 3 15 2011Pages 32Reading Level Age 8 and Up
Recent Comments "The Evil Garden"
A very quick yet eerie read. Gorey truly was one of the fine masters of noir; his drawings simple while maintaining an avant-garde and gothic feel. Highly recommended as a coffee table book as well as for the fans of Gorey. It only costed $5.
There is a sound of falling tears;It comes from nowhere to the ears.Fall down or scream or rush about-There's no way of getting out!evil devil!
I love that I haven't all of Edward Gorey's "children's" books so receiving them as gifts is always a pleasure. Another ghastly demise book with a family visiting a deadly, evil garden.LOVE! A perfect DOB gift from my sister, niece, and nephew.
Read in Amphigorey Too, wanted to separately rate the story.
On the text: Just to set the record straight, I LOVE Edward Gorey! His art and text are a touch spooky, a touch funny and totally off- the-wall! The Evil Garden is nominally for children (as are most of his books) but find me an adult who won't enjoy it too. As far as I'm concerned it's a classic!The story starts with Free Admission(!) to a lovely garden for a dapper Edwardian family. What a lovely treat, eh? Or maybe not. There is that remnant of a human foot peeking from under a large boulder. [...]
A while back, I mentioned The Awdrey-Gore Legacy, an Edward Gorey book republished by Pomegranate that I had received as an Early Review book from LibraryThing. Now, again as an Early Review book, I received The Evil Garden, another fascinating short work by the famed author/illustrator. In this, a happy extended family enters The Evil Garden because admission is free and they think they'll have a fine time among all the beautiful and exotic plants. Unknown to them, the garden is truly evil, and [...]
"There is no way of getting out", October 22, 2014This review is from: The Evil Garden (Hardcover)Another marvellous work by Edward Gorey, here writing under pseudonym Eduard Blutig (German translation of 'gory').When a group of merry Victorian holiday-makers enter a park, they soon find it has a dark sideeach illustration shows a new 'horror': I liked:'The Rev Mr Floggle's clothIs being nibbled by a moth'Accompanied by image of a huge black creature attacking a vicar.Things get worseople disapp [...]
In typical understated Gorey fashion, we have the story of a family who ventures into a free garden looking for an afternoon's adventure, only to find that everything has a price. The illustrations are wonderful and minimalist and the characters as unique and odd as any Gorey fan would expect.Pomegranate continues to impress with their masterful production values. Their Gorey books are beautiful objects, full of mystery and delight and morbid humor. I for one, wouldn't have it any other way.
A group of people step into the titular Evil Garden, from which "Fall down, or scream, or rush about - There is no way of getting out". While it's all fairly standard-issue Edward Gorey, this story in particular reminds me of Roald Dahl's playful cruelty and how he likes picking off his characters one by one.
Liked for all the *right* reasons.
With a title like this you know the story won't be a happy one. Made for kids but not really, I compare this book to a poor man's Tim Burton or Maurice Sendak work. Strange, cramped black and white drawings kept me reading until the very end.
Is there anything by Gorey that isn't delicious? I read this to the 9yo at bedtime. She'd asked for a picture book; it came to hand. The drawings are less cross-hatchy and more art nouveau, but as darkly delightful as ever.
Hilarious! Garden horror at its simplest.
Witty and morbid. Very engaging. Very Gorey.
Deliciously macabre. I loved it.
There is a sound of falling tears;It comes from nowhere to the ears.
very dark and strange poetic story.
A truely strange but yet intriguing story of a family who enters a very unusual place!
I bought this for a small coffee table/bathroom book this year. Super cute. I miss Edward Gorey.
Not one of his bests
Oh Edward Gorey I have another one of your books on hold. Can't wait to see what that one will have in store for me.
He's so morbidly wonderful.
Excellent! Classic Gorey lovely
creepy and fun right before Halloween!
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