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Something at the Window Is Scratching: Children's Tales for Disturbed Children

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  457 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
The author of two other books; Something at the Window is Scratching and the Monsters in my Tummy, Roman Dirge has carved a niche for himself as one of the masters of dark humor. The Monsters in my Tummy comes straight from the heart and is Mr. Dirge's best work to date.
Paperback, 119 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Slave Labor Publications
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David Schaafsma
Odd, creepy illustrations for poems for children. Dirge, who also wrote Lenore: The Cute Little Dead Girl (which I still haven’t yet read) says “This is a collection of children's tales for disturbed children.” Ha! Nice.

This guy is working in the same macabre territory and seems to be inspired by Edward Gorey, but this work seems definitely younger. It actually feels more like Tim Burton territory. The drawings are cute and strange, and the poems are pretty good, often worth a few smiles. I like
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-prose
This was amazing.
Ana Pessoa
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, it was a super light read.
It was so funny but a bit dark i guess.
Its just a bunch of short stories and super spookie.
I think its an amazing book and I cannot wait to read more of Roman Dirge!
Zombaby Cera
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Bizarrely funny! Nice, creepy illustrations!
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The positively best bedtime story book! I loved the Reindeer and the Bee and the Something at the Window is Scratching stories. I must admit I spent more time searching the wonderfully strange and macabre illustrations for the "many" little piggies that Dirge says he has hidden among them than reading the stories themselves. Many? I could only find nine in 56 illustrations. Surely there most be more.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
This escapes 1 star for me only because of the artwork. The writing was not scary, not interestingly weird, and aggressively forced into (frequently poorly constructed) verse.
Kattie Sivley
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is just as good as the Cat with the Really Big Head. The poems are cute and fun.
Mar 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Tim Burton fans, Edward Gorey fans
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Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I kind of wish that these typs of morbin books had been around when I was a kid, besides the classic Gashlycrumb Tinies, because they are absolutely delightful. Not in the typical way, obviously, but for someone who appreciates a twisted sense of humou, these poems are absolutely hilarious. Dirge doesn't quite nail it with every poem (the pirate squid only got a few lines, com on, there's totally an epic waiting there!), but he definitely has the skill to place among the Edward Goreys and Tim Bu ...more
Apr 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I haven't read anything by Roman Dirge before, and I'd heard of "Lenore". I thought this was quite witty, and I enjoyed the art style. I thought the poems were witty and hilarious, Sounds about right for this genre, which I thoroughly enjoy. Cute quick read if you like stuff like this.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, non-fiction
Just think of it as Shel Silverstein writes for goth teenagers. - Jessica, Adult Services

Reserve a library copy.
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Next up for Readathon!

I love Dirge and his wonderful creepiness!
Just think of it as Shel Silverstein writes for goth teenagers.
Oct 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Dark fantasy lovers.
Recommended to Benjamin by: Justin Philbrook
This book was incredibly cute. I enjoyed it a lot, much like all of Roman Dirge's work.
Stacey (prettybooks)
I discovered this on my bookshelves... It must be 10 years since I last read it.
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would have enjoyed this way more if it was not digitally 'remastered'. Still quite the fun read.
Jun 14, 2016 added it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great creepy illustrations and the stories match ranging from disturbing to hilarious- definitely inspired by Edward Gorey
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Great! The kids loved it as did I but it finished too quickly and it did cost a pretty penny, so we were hoping for a tad bit more..
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVE Roman Dirge! It was neat to see Ragamuffin in one of the little stories.
Jul 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Really darkly humorous poems. If you like Tim Burton and Edward Gorey, this will appeal to you. I first came across Dirge's work in his comic book series, "Lenore," and he's just a riot.
Dulce-Marie Flecha
Super fast, super fun, kind of creepy read.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book had the same dark humor as all of dirge's other books and i thought the scene where the boy tells his parents about the sandman's son is his new pet was really funny.
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Roman Dirge (born on April 29, 1972) is an artist and magician, and the creator of the Lenore comic-book series; he currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Told by his art teachers that he would never make it as an artist due to his crude style, he quit art and became a full-time magician. After a few years, his passion for art overtook him and he created the comic about Lenore, the Cute Littl
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