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The Evil Garden

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Product Description 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 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. Review “For lovers of Gorey's works this is a must, and for those unfamiliar with him then The Evil Garden makes one of the best introductions possible.” -- LibraryThing Early Reviewer “[A] wickedly fun book! The Evil Garden is in typical Edward Gorey fashion: Starting out with a beautiful day and devolving into mayhem!” -- LibraryThing Early Reviewer From the Inside Flap 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. About the Author EDWARD ST. JOHN GOREY (1925-2000) is famous for the honored bounty of books he wrote and illustrated, featuring his distinctive humor and astonishingly detailed crosshatch ink drawings. Creator of more than one hundred works, Gorey was also a playwright, an award-winning set and costume designer, and the creator of the animated introduction to the PBS series Mystery!