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The Dwindling Party

A macabre pop-up book for children written and illustrated by Edward Gorey.

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  • Jun 21, 2011
What's this I hear? What could it be?
The sound of laughter and death knells beckoning me

I've been a fan of Edward Gorey for quite some time and I must say that this book is my favorite. Artistically it's innovative and contains all the Gothic whimsy and macabre humor of Gorey's other works, but this one is unique since it's a pop-up book.

The story tells the tale of a stuffy upper-middle class family named the MacFizzets who decide to visit a manor known as Hickyacket Hall for their holiday. Along the way one member of the family after another meets a grisly demises that are as funny as they are morbid.

The book will appeal to adults more than it will to young children simply because the subject matter is grim, but older kids will get a laugh (and perhaps a vicarious thrill) watching the MacFizzets bite the dust in creative and absurdly gloomy ways.
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June 21, 2011
Nice QT. I enjoyed the photos you included under the topic information.
June 21, 2011
Thanks. This is a must-read if you ever come across a copy.
June 28, 2011
I shall be sure to read it if I can locate one. :)
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"There once was a family whose name was MacFizzet
(Two parents, five children) who only last fall
Put on their best clothes and then set out to visit
The varied distractions of Hickyacket Hall

Pop-up illustrations and verses divulge how, one by one, six members of the MacFizzet family monstrously disappear during a visit to Hickyacket Hall, leaving behind only young Neville, who expects "it was all for the best."
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ISBN-10: 0434941301
ISBN-13: 978-0434941308
Author: Edward Gorey
Genre: Humor, Illustration, Children's Books, Dark Comedy
Publisher: Methuen, Random House
Date Published: November 1, 1982
Format: Hardcover pop-up book
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