The Tim Burton Encyclopedia

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The Tim Burton Encyclopedia


Jefferson, Jasmine L., Reference & User Services Quarterly


The Tim Burton Encyclopedia. By Samuel J. Umland. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 283 pages. alkaline $80 (ISBN 978-0-8108-9200-2). Ebook available (978-08108-9201-9), $79.95.

The scope of this one-volume work covers most of the creative works produced by or related to Tim Burton. It also lists the names of actors, producers, artist, directors, among others who have worked with Tim Burton in one capacity or another.

The entries in the encyclopedia are listed alphabetically which, in this case, is a little confusing to the reader. Since the encyclopedia includes many different types of creative works, it is hard to distinguish each entry just from the title alone. A better way to have organized the entries may have been to categorize them by type of work and then lists those works alphabetically. Some entries for more prominent works in the encyclopedia include black and white images. These images add a pleasant aesthetic to the work, breaking up the text. The entries themselves range from one column to three pages depending on the work, or person being discussed. There are also references at the end of each entry which may be helpful if the reader wants more information on one of the topics.

The audience for this encyclopedia could range from the novice film student to the seasoned professional. The entries themselves are very easy to read and just long enough to keep the reader's attention. Although many readers would enjoy this encyclopedia, the audience who I believe who would get the most from this work would be the ultimate Tim Burton enthusiast. …

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