The phantom of the opera

Gaston Leroux, 1868-1927

Book - 2017

This classic tale of love, intrigue, and jealousy at the Paris Opera House, which has thrilled readers, musical lovers, and movie goers for more than a century, has now been reimagined with the cast of the Muppets. Readers will gasp, cry, laugh, and laugh again as Kermit (as Raoul), Miss Piggy (as Christine), Uncle Deadly (as the phantom), and the chickens (as the ballet corps) give a whole new meaning to the word "classic."

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Series
Muppets meet the classics
Subjects
Genres
Horror fiction
Published
[New York] : Penguin Workshop [2017].
Language
English
Physical Description
298 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
ISBN
0451534379
9780451534378
Main Author
Gaston Leroux, 1868-1927 (author)
Other Authors
Erik Forrest Jackson (author), Owen Richardson (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

We all know the story: a masked figure, ostracized for his hideous disfigurement, haunts an opera house, falling in love with a karate-kicking soprano as he teaches her to sing "Mahna Mahna." Inspector Fozzie waves his rubber chicken in the face of danger; Sam Eagle forgets he's not in America anymore; and Janice, like, totally thinks a demon killed the janitor, man. In the tradition of The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island, this charming retelling of Leroux's classic tale of jealousy, music, and (Electric) mayhem features a certain pig and frog as the opera's star-crossed lovers and the lesser-known Uncle Deadly as its Phantom. Jackson describes each fuzzy friend in hilarious detail—guess who has "blue-like-Gatorade fur" and "a nose like a dipper gourd"?—and though the characters' banter crackles with nonstop witticisms and bad puns, he never sacrifices the original text's gothic tone. Zany and lovable, with allusions from 1979's "Rainbow Connection" to 2014's Constantine, the Muppets' latest adventure will delight fans of all ages. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4–6—The Muppets star in the classic musical, with Miss Piggy as the young soprano, here named Piggy Daae, with Kermit as her childhood friend and admirer, Monsieur Viscount Kermit de Chagny. The melodramatic story contrasts humorously with zany Muppet antics. The Phantom's gold wedding ring becomes a candy Ring Pop, Fozzie Bear shows up as a pun-cracking detective, and the text is full of irreverent pop culture references. The complicated plot may be confusing to readers unfamiliar with the original story. Those new to the Muppets may also have trouble keeping track of the large cast of characters. Black-and-white illustrations in the style of Victorian oil paintings occasionally break up the text. The lively language, full of wordplay and goofy banter, makes for an entertaining read-aloud, particularly if an adult reader can explain the references. The Muppets are a classic themselves, and so this book requires at least two layers of understanding that many young readers may not have. VERDICT An additional purchase for most collections. Adults or kids who have been exposed to the classic Muppet movies will best appreciate this satirical retelling.—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A masked phantom of the Paris opera schemes to make Miss Piggy, a beautiful young soprano, the star and get revenge on those who stole his music.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

This classic tale of love, intrigue, and jealousy at the Paris Opera House, which has thrilled readers, musical lovers, and movie goers for more than a century, has now been reimagined with the cast of the Muppets. Readers will gasp, cry, laugh, and laugh again as Kermit (as Raoul), Miss Piggy (as Christine), Uncle Deadly (as the phantom), and the chickens (as the ballet corps) give a whole new meaning to the word "classic."

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"The mash-up is a fun, unexpectedly gripping meld of the Muppets' sensibility with an engrossing tale of love and jealousy." —Entertainment Weekly

"There’s no bones about it: young readers will get a taste of the classic in a fun and humerus way (wocka wocka)." —Kirkus

"The fabulous wardrobe. The glorious sets. The hordes of back-up singers. The sheer grandeur and over-the-top theatricality of opera. It’s the perfect setting for moi . . . and it’s a gangbuster story, too." —Miss Piggy for InStyle

What do you get when you cross the Muppets and the classics? A monster hit! Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Uncle Deadly, and the other Muppets as they bring this gripping tale of mystery and suspense to life in their own hilarious way.

This classic tale of love, intrigue, and jealousy at the Paris Opera House, which has thrilled readers, musical lovers, and movie goers for more than a century, has now been reimagined with the cast of the Muppets. Readers will gasp, cry, laugh, and laugh again as Kermit (as Raoul), Miss Piggy (as Christine), Uncle Deadly (as the phantom), and the chickens (as the ballet corps) give a whole new meaning to the word "classic." This imaginative tale is sure to win the hearts of all Muppets fans, as well as fans of literary classics.