What is there to say about Tim Burton, a man who creates so many weird stories that you wonder which world he lives in? Well there's plenty of things to say really. We could probably pick at the guy all day. There's his diversion from film to illustrated stories for instance. To sum it up After I finished reading it I was reminded of post modern art movements that revolve around things like Garbage cans, pencils and other crass and common things. bua ki chudayi
That is if it had a head on collision with the surrealist movement; so much so that the objects themselves were animated and personified in a weird cross over with real life. A cross over that blurs in its boundaries So its more of a strange narrative car crash than a "Picasso" of ideas and style.
Things like a personified stick and his love for a hot red headed (also very alive) matchstick. Children with heads of brie and other weird things. That's the sort of thing you find in Tim Burton's one to two page stories. After all its called "The Melancholy Death of 'Oyster Boy' and other Stories."
It is a good read however. It is well written and well constructed Probably because Tim Burton is in his element of weirdness, and the simplicity of such stories can be hard to mess up. The whole book could be read in a very short space of time. It is a children's book that contains (or at least written in the style of a children's book ) a series of stories and anecdotes. The longest story is as the title says about Oyster boy and runs past eight pages. Which will feel long in this book.
The illustration does deserve some attention Though. because it is rough, simple and upon first glance you might feel ripped of. But it is all part of the style. That's how Tim Burton draws and that's how it is meant to look. Just look at some of his earlier film concept art, and you will see the same thing.