18. The Haunted Tea-Cosy: A Dispirited and Distasteful Diversion for Christmas
Author: Edward Gorey
Illustrator: Edward Gorey
Children and adults alike find themselves drawn to the quirky, morbid work of Edward Gorey. Given his playfully macabre sensibility, it only makes sense that his first book in 25 years would be a strange spin on A Christmas Carol. Featuring the "Spectre of Christmas that Never Was" and the "Spectre of Christmas that Isn't," this is the kind of book for that kid who thinks they're "too old" for child's stories or "too cool" to chill with the extended fam.