cover image The Wedding Ghost

The Wedding Ghost

Leon Garfield. Oxford University Press, USA, $16 (64pp) ISBN 978-0-19-279779-7

Jack is marrying Jill, despite all the hectic preparations.A wedding present is addressed just to Jacka map, which leads him to""The-Bird-in-Hand'' public house. There he meets an old man and his grandson who take him on a ghostly vessel to ``journey's end'' beyond the fog. He's left in a dark and damp place, full of grinning skeletons. Then he enters a dust-laden mansion and realizes that he has found a ``Sleeping Beauty'' to whom he must give the kiss of life. This is a charming tale of haunt and humor. But it is convoluted; the esoteric entanglements of the storyline will disaffect most readers. Jack's having two brides will require explanations from parents, as will Keeping's black-and-white illustrations. They are good abstractions of the unreal and daunting features of Jack's task, but harsh. Ages 11-up. (April)