The Phantom of the Opera
Book 1 of the acclaimed Muppets Meet the Classics series.

“A fun, unexpectedly gripping meld of the
sensibility with an engrossing tale
of love and jealousy. GRADE: A-” 
Entertainment Weekly


“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
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.” 

The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux’s classic tale of love, intrigue, and jealousy at the Paris Opera House, has thrilled readers, musical lovers, and moviegoers for more than a century, and it has now been reimagined by Erik Forrest Jackson and mashed-up with the cast of the Muppets.

Middle-grade readers—and adults who are in touch with their inner kid—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.

“After reading this hilarious, action-packed re-imagining—a totally
ridiculous idea brought to glorious life—I can’t help but wonder
why all novels don’t have the Muppets in them! A total delight
from start to finish.”
—Ben H. Winters, New York Times bestselling
author of Underground Airlines, The Last Policeman trilogy,
and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

“This puntastic tale is full of beloved faces [and,] as in many
children’s stories,
there is entertainment for older readers
with abundant modern references.
There’s no bones
about it: young readers will get a taste of the classic
a fun and humerus way (wocka wocka).”
Kirkus Reviews

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