THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Erik Forrest  Jackson

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

From the "Muppets Meet the Classics" series
Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Muppets put a humorous spin on the classic tragedy The Phantom of the Opera.

The plot is much the same as the original, with Muppets filling in for the original characters. Vicomte Kermit de Chagny and Mademoiselle Piggy Daaé are the main characters and love interests in this tragic tale. As in the classic, Piggy Daaé rises as a star of the Paris Opera House due to training from an Angel of Music, who in this tale is a Koozebanian of Music from the planet Koozebane (or is he?). The main difference between this book and the classic (other than the cast) is the conglomeration of time periods, with a mix of details drawn from both the 21st and the 19th centuries. This may cause older readers mild confusion at first, but children will likely read without inhibition, as the experience of coming across names and objects they recognize and some things they may not is a familiar one. This puntastic tale is full of beloved faces, such as the grouchy pranksters Statler and Waldorf. As in many children’s stories, there is entertainment for older readers with abundant modern references, often found in footnotes, as in a tidbit about Beaker’s burial alongside Oscar Wilde, Molière, and Jim Morrison.

There’s no bones about it: young readers will get a taste of the classic in a fun and humerus way (wocka wocka). (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 17th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-451-53437-8
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Penguin Workshop
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2017




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