I am so insanely excited to own this picture book.
The wonderfully macabre story is illustrated by one of my favourite illustrators Carson Ellis. Here is a little more information I found on Ellis’s website:
“Florence Parry Heide wrote Dillweed’s Revenge in the seventies… It tells the tale of a boy, Dillweed, and the revenge he exacts, with the aid of magical runes and his pet and only friend, Skorped, on his negligent parents and two cruel servants charged with his care. It’s totally dark, as picture books go, but also sardonic and charming as Florence’s books tend to be.
Originally it was written for Edward Gorey to illustrate but controversy over Dillweed’s grim ending (and reputedly Gorey’s refusal to work on the book if the ending was changed) caused the project to be shelved.”
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