"The Adventures of Gremlin is a pleasure and an oddity, perhaps not in that order – a small book that takes its fairy-tale heritage quite a bit less than seriously and, as a result, produces quite a bit more amusement than it otherwise might.
"It's wonderfully cheeky; wry, and irreverent.
"It's kind of like Shrek, before Shrek was a twinkle in someone's eye.
In this far-fetched fairy tale, a plucky little girl named Gremlin and her brother, Zeppelin, leave their childhood home—a woodsman’s cottage, of course—in the kingdom of Etaoin and set out to see the world. Clambering through an enchanted forest and navigating pirate-infested seas en route to the Royal Palace (where a drastic change of circumstance awaits), they encounter a host of quirky characters beyond anything the Brothers Grimm ever imagined. Yes, there are knights (good and evil), a giant, and the requisite fairy godmother. But there’s also an inn full of doom-and-gloom beatniks, a peevish wombat, a poet whose limericks probe the meaning of life, and a flightless parrot who spouts Latin. Anything but a fainthearted waif, Gremlin takes surprises and setbacks in stride, retaining her innocence and good humor all the while.
DuPre Jones’s witty, clever, and decidedly grown-up text full of puns, double entendres, literary references, and sly characterizations of human foibles—coupled with pen-and-ink illustrations by renowned artist Edward Gorey—makes The Adventures of Gremlina devilishly fun read for adults, as well as a welcome update to the Gorey illustration canon.About the ARTIST
Edward St. John Gorey was a Harvard grad, a brilliant artist, a celebrated set and costume designer (his costumes for a Broadway production of Dracula
earned him a Tony Award), a lover of animals (particularly cats) and the arts (he seldom missed a performance of the New York City Ballet), and an avid deltiologist—an obscure word so Gorey—like you might think he invented it himself (it means “a collector of postcards”). His humorously unsettling drawings of vaguely Victorian innocents often facing unfortunate ends became familiar to a wide audience after appearing in the opening credits of the PBS television series Mystery
!About the AUTHOR
DuPre Jones (1937–2012) worked as a librarian at the Washington Post
and at the Washington bureau of the New York Times
and was an editor for Congressional Quarterly
. He also wrote film and literature reviews for the Post
and other publications. The Adventures of Gremlin
is his only book.