Weird Books for Weirdos (of the children variety)

Fun fact: all kids are weird.

And we think that's beautiful.

The following are recommendations for all our fellow oddballs, the strange, kooky and far-out, would-be Wednesday Addams of the world.


Learn your ABCs!

Let’s start with Edward Gorey’s iconic abecedarium, The Gashlycrumb Tinies. Find out how Amy, Basil, Clara, and more meet their untimely ends. Delightfully gloomy!

If that sounds too dark, try P is for Pterodactyl. This ABC book celebrates the quirky (and infuriating) ticks of the English language by using words with silent letters—aisle, bdellium, czar, and so on. This book feels very modern-day Gorey (O is for Ouija board, for crying out loud).


Creepy Dollhouses? Yes, please!

Believe it or not, we have a few books in the store about this very important topic. The Dollhouse Murders is a reissue of one of my childhood favorites. Amy visits her aunt, finds not only a weird dollhouse, but also dolls that come to life and reenact her great-grandparents’ murders. I’m thrilled that this book has been reissued, but I have to say, I’m pretty disappointed with the new cover. I know, I know, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But just take a second to compare and contrast the new cover with the 90s cover: