“Wahl and Gorey’s collaboration provides kids with a gentle lesson about never giving up on your dreams, even when your hopes seem dashed...Collectors of Gorey’s work will definitely want to add this title to their bookshelves.”—The Portland Book Review
Flemming Flinders, a dapper greengrocer more often engrossed in a book than attuned to his turnips, dreams of adventure, fame, and fortune. When the wide-eyed Mr. Flinders finally sets out with high hopes, he finds himself living one of his fairy tales. But everyone he encounters—the wart-nosed Drukamella, the beautiful young Ingaborg, and the talking crow with his nemesis, Signor Monteverdi—is surely not.
In Cobweb Castle
, author Jan Wahl and illustrator Edward Gorey whisk readers along to watch Flemming bumble through the brambles of reality, illustrating the extent our imaginations can take us. Last printed in 1968, this is one of the enigmatic artist’s original works in color. Wahl’s prose keeps readers privy as the adventure becomes more frenetic, but the fantasy ends nearly as it started with a swift bonk on the head. Fleming returns to his shop, dreaming.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
Jan Wahl (1933–2019) had a long and lauded career in children’s literature, publishing more than one hundred titles, including some that are now classics.