Thursday, December 17, 2009

Gorey Games & Gorey Cats

Two interactive books for children that had Edward Gorey's approval, but were put together by others are Gorey Games (with Larry Evans) and Gorey Cats Paper Dolls (with Malcolm Whyte and Nancie West Swanberg). For both of these mass market volumes, illustrations by Edward Gorey were adapted into books that could be cut up or drawn in.

Gorey Cats Paper Dolls (1982 Troubador Press) is aimed at younger children and features a number of friendly felines which can be cut from the book and dressed in different costumes. The back of the book folds out to provide the dolls in color. The dress-up clothes are printed in black and white and can be hand colored as the viewer sees fit.

Gorey Games (1979 Troubador Press) is a book of brain teasers and puzzles by Larry Evans, all illustrated using previously published illustrations by Edward Gorey which have been adapted for the puzzles. This book was published in a limited hardcover edition of 750 copies which includes an extra puzzle and a previously unpublished drawing.


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Anonymous said...

Hi, recently I received information that the front cover of "Gorey Games" was drawn by Larry Evans and not by Edward Gorey. The same illustration appears on the Swiss edition of Tintenfass No.4. Larry even draw his monogram LE to look like EG. Best wishes, Jonas,