Item description for The Ballad of a Slow Poisoner by Andrew Goldfarb...
Herein are the singular adventures of one Millford Mutterwurst, who one day makes the unpleasant discovery that his elbows are becoming flatter - an unpleasant effect of the nefarious act of slow poisoning. He is soon joined by a blue and globular companion named Slub Glub and one translucent monkey in a frenetic balloon voyage to dangerous isles and disturbing planets in a desperate attempt to escape this deadly withering. A tale told in eighty dizzying chapters, all of them exceedingly short, and filled with strange songs and oblique illustrations.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date May 8, 2007
Publisher Eraserhead Press
ISBN 193392960X ISBN13 9781933929606
Availability 84 units. Availability accurate as of May 30, 2017 07:37.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Ballad of a Slow Poisoner?
Bizarro For the Whole Family Dec 18, 2007
Bizarro fiction is a great new genre that, in some cases, seeks to employ the methods of classic children's fare while juxtaposing it with more mature themes. Where this makes excellent reading for the kid in all of us grown-ups, it's not generally the kind of thing you can read to your child as a bedtime story. Enter Andrew Goldfarb.
"Ballad of a Slow Poisoner" is the tale of Millford Mutterwurst and his slowly erasing body. Deciding that a trip is the only sensible thing to ease his troubles, Millford sets out in Lumino, a slightly anthropomorphic hot air balloon, with his recent acquaintance Slub Glub in tow. Slub Glub, in turn, brings along a green-tinted translucent monkey. The rest of the story follows the trio's shuttle across the vastness of the heavens to their eventual return to Millford's first "love", the sea.
Goldfarb makes astounding use of alliteration. In this respect, it reminded me of a Sesame Street book I had as a child which included a story concerning one Darling Dora and her Dainty Dimpled Neck. If you'd like your youngster to grow up addicted to the beauty of language, give him or her this book early on.
The illustrations are also a sight to behold. They perfectly illustrate several of the bewitching scenes and are not all that far removed from Edward Gorey while still exhibiting their own distinct style.
So, if your a fan of Bizarro and would like to get your children hooked, Andrew Goldfarb's "Ballad of a Slow Poisoner" is definitely the way to go.
Charming Nov 23, 2007
I bought this book based on the recommendation from the previous reviewer that I would like it if I enjoyed Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride. Well he was right! This book is wonderful and charming. I would also draw a comparison to Edward Gorey's work in that it has a slightly Victorian Era feeling to it. I am a fan of sweet things that are slightly on the macabre side and am always on the lookout for new and interesting finds. This little gem deserves to get some credit. I would love to see more work by this author.
You'll laugh your elbows off. Aug 11, 2007
When Millford Mutterwurst, a door-to-door rock salesman, discovers that his elbows are flattening, his world takes a rapid turn into strange and unexpected territories. Meeting Slub Glub ("He had been born in a frying pan, raised by goat-herders, and employed as a door-knocker.") and a translucent monkey aren't even the beginning of his problems, or his adventures, for that matter. From people who live in the sun to a disastrous encounter with a Speckled Hornswallow, Ballad of a Slow Poisoner is a slightly spooky comic delight. Much like Tim Burton's films, it's a children's tale for an adult audience. The inclusion of songs makes it even more reminiscent of Burton's work, and I'm confident that nearly everyone who enjoyed Nightmare Before Christmas or Corpse Bride will not regret picking up Ballad of a Slow Poisoner. Anyway, where else can you read about a guy named Millford who is married to the sea? Highly recommended to anyone seeking a bizarre supplement to spice up their teatime.