The Envious Siblings: And Other Morbid Nursery Rhymes (Hardcover)

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Enjoy this murderous playground fun. Of course, as is acknowledged in the acknowledgements, Blair is to a degree riffing on the work of Edward Gorey, but these crosshatched-into-oblivion sketches aren’t just imitation; they draw from across decades of cartoons to create something new. For me, they bring to mind everything from B Kliban’s furthest-out weirdo side to the bubbly monster doodle friends of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Landis creates a demented world of ghoulish delights at once sharply cynical and delightfully surprising. This book is even more fun and dangerous than a dinner party with a rhyming tiger and his cheery friends, the hungry bear and gator.

— Chris Lee

Landis Blair will be at Boswell on Sunday, October 20, 2019, 3 pm, in conversation with Caitlin Doughty. Please note that while Doughty will not partipate in the post-event book signing, signed copies of Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? will be available.

— Boswell Book Company


Inspired by the dark imagination of Edward Gorey, Envious Siblings is a twisted and hauntingly funny debut. Comics artist Landis Blair interweaves absurdist horror and humor into brief, rhyming vignettes at once transgressive and hilarious. In Blair's surreal universe, a lost child watches as bewhiskered monsters gobble up her fellow train passengers; a band of kids merrily plays a gut-churning game with playground toys; and two sisters, grinning madly, tear each other apart. These charmingly perverse creations take ordinary settings--a living room, a subway car, a playground--and spin them in a nightmarish direction.

Envious Siblings heralds a brilliant new cartooning talent, and will captivate readers who have thrilled to the lurid fantasies of Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake, Charles Addams, Shel Silverstein, and Tim Burton.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393651621
ISBN-10: 0393651622
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: October 8th, 2019
Pages: 240
Language: English