The doubtful guest shows up unannounced and unwelcome, yet its presence is accepted after only a brief interlude of screaming. The staid, pale, Victorian inhabitants of the mansion alternately stare and glare at the doubtful guest as it tears out whole chapters from books, peels the soles of its white canvas shoes, and broods while lying on the floor ("inconveniently close to the drawing-room door"). Strangely, or rather, typically, as this is a Gorey book, the stymied occupants never ask the guest to leave--and in 17 years it has still "shown no intention of going away." Maintaining a matter-of-fact tone in spite of true oddity is pure, delicious Gorey, and his trademark drawings are not to be missed. The ghostly, stark, and undeniably amusing illustrations make The Doubtful Guest an entrancing tale in which reserved, insular lives meet with the unexpected and bizarre. (Ages 5 and older) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gorey at his best. This resides in my guest room only for laughs.Published 1 month ago by Annie Kay
This is hilarious and a simply must have for every kid. You can read it to them or read with them it at any age it is just great for a few laughs every time.Published 2 months ago by pg
Love Edward Gorey's illustrations. The story line in this one is special! Thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 3 months ago by Nancy Kelly