The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde (Amazon Link)
Rating: 4 Stars
Description: This is Oscar Wilde's tale of the American family moved into a British mansion, Canterville Chase, much to the annoyance of its tired ghost. (from Goodreads)
Why I Picked This Book: I had spooked myself reading a murder mystery one night and needed something a little lighter to make me not so jumpy and I'd been wanting to reread this one for awhile.
My Impression: I can't remember the first time I read this story by Oscar Wilde. It's one of my Grandmother's favorite books and she has several copies of it so I'm sure I picked it up one time when I was visiting her.
This is one of those stories that really should be better known. It's short - somewhere between a short story and a novella at just over 50 pages - but manages to be stuffed with humor and quietly absurd situations. There are several parts I laughed out loud at and it's a story I can visit again and again. My main complaint is that I wish there were more! I'd love more detail about the ghost and the family and just more of everything.
This is a good read for anyone who wants to read a Halloween-y book but doesn't like creepy and would be suitable for upper elementary age kids. The language is a little more formal but doesn't feel too clunky.
There are several movies that are loosely based on this book and I'm hoping to watch at least a couple of them soon!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes! While I've seen several of Wilde's stories in play form this is the only book I've read.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Definitely! If you haven't read this yet you really should.