We had this book from the school book order when I was a kid. Gorey's illustrations compelled and repelled me at the same time. I remember being disturbed by how he did the noses and round faces to make them purposefully not pretty, even when they were supposed to be (the miller's daughter). I had to buy it years later, because it always came to mind when I thought about picturebooks. Still one of my favorites, because Tarcov does not dumb the story down.