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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"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."