When the Americans Mr and Mrs Otis and their four children move into Canterville Chase, its previous occupant Lord Canterville warns them that the ghost of his ancestor still haunts the house. Their disbelief is soon shattered by the nightly sound of rattling chains in the hallways and the appearance of mysterious bloodstains in the living room. However, the ghost struggles to intimidate his new victims, as they counter his ghoulish behaviour with typically transatlantic pragmatism, offering lubricator for his chains and cleaning up the stains with detergent. As the spirit is deserted by his capacity to scare, Virginia, the Otises' daughter, gets to know him and learns the tragic tale behind his sad fate.
Sir Simon de Canterville has been haunting the residents of Canterville Chase for 300 years - and then the Otis family moves in. No matter how hard he tries, they won't be spooked, and soon the Otis family turns their attention to getting rid of him...
This collection contains the original text of all of Oscar Wilde's stories for children:
The Canterville Ghost
The Selfish Giant
The Nightingale and the Rose
The Devoted Friend
The Happy Prince
The Remarkable Rocket
The Young King
- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Children's Book
- Language: English
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.9 cm