In the manner of the pictorial tales of Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl, and Edward Gorey, but from a slightly more twisted realm of the imagination. This unassuming hardcover in black buckram with a dark lavender title plate is the door into a world of twisted pleasures. Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas) tells 23 winsomely macabre stories about boys and girls who don't fit in. Their bodies are misshapen, their habits are odd, and their parents are appalled by them. But they do try hard to be human. For all its simple humor, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories is a peculiarly disturbing book about the violence that children suffer. It is illustrated in pen and ink, watercolor, and crayon. The themes and imagery are at a young-adult to adult level.