Taking his inspiration from one of the world's oldest folktales, author James Sage has created a playful allegory about why misery exists in the world, and always will. Award-winning Russell Ayto's two-color, pen-and-ink illustrations do a superb job of evoking the eccentric and slightly macabre feel of the book, perfectly complementing the original voice of the storytelling. The dark humor and a vintage feel will make this picture book a hit with fans of Edward Gorey and Lemony Snicket.
Praise For Old Misery…
Shelve this bonbon with Edward Gorey.—Kirkus Reviews
... packs a hefty intellectual, verbal, visual, and humorous punch!—CM Magazine
The Lemony Snicket doomsday style of writing has an old fashioned feel ...—School Library Connection
Readers who enjoy the unsettling nature of Edward Gorey stories will see similarities with this book in both the art and the themes.—Resource Links
Kids Can Press, 9781771388238, 40pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
About the Author
Russell Ayto has illustrated many picture books, including Whoops! and The Witch's Children series. Among his many honors are a Roald Dahl Funny Prize and two Kate Greenaway Medal nominations. Russell lives in Cornwall, England.