NONSENSE! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey

Written by Lori Mortensen

Illustrated by Chloe Bristol

Published by Versify, March 2020

Edward Gorey wrote strange stories with peculiar titles like "The Abandoned Sock" and "The Grashlycrumb Tinies" and when no one else would publish them, he published them himself! In this lyrical biography of one of literature's most creepily creative authors and illustrators, kids will learn about the inspiration behind a generation of creators, from Lemony Snicket to Tim Burton.

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Awards and Honors

One of New York Public Library's Best Books for Kids 2020

Amazon Best Books of the Month March: Nonfiction for Kids

Amazon Editors' Pick Best Nonfiction for Kids

AML Picture Book Award 2020



"A stellar biography, as creepy and fun as its subject."—Kirkus, STARRED Review

"This playful picture book biography is a wonderful and unique introduction to Edward Gorey's life and work."—School Library Journal,  STARRED Review


"Author biographies in picture book form are difficult to do well, but Mortensen and Bristol have partnered to make this one as good as it gets. Do not miss this book!"—San Francisco Book Review

"[A] quiet affirmation that being different is interesting—and interesting stories are the very best kind." —Booklist