The Muppet Show Comic: The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson

Roger Langridge, Author, Roger Langridge, Illustrator . Boom! $9.99 (112p) ISBN 978-1-60886-504-8

Langridge captures the zany energy of the beloved Muppet Show , which aired on television from 1976 and 1981, in this collection. All the usual suspects play a role, including Kermit, Miss Piggy, Scooter, Beaker, Fozzie Bear, the members of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, and, providing curmudgeonly commentary, Statler and Waldorf. The volume is structured like one of the episodes of the show—there is a main plot and a few subplots, all of which are interrupted by “skits” such as “Pigs in Space,” “Long Distance Toast Hurling,” and musical numbers. The central story revolves around a hunt for treasure possibly hidden in the theater by Peg-Leg Wilson, a performer from an earlier era. Skulking around the edges are a Kermit imitator and some devious rats. Langridge's bright, lively illustrations capture the feel and humor of the show. The intended younger audience will find something to giggle about on most pages, but like all of the best Henson productions, there are gags and comments aimed at adults. Those jokes, combined with a hint of nostalgia, may give those who grew up with the Muppets the first time around the most pleasure from the volume. Ages 9–12 (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 02/01/2010
Release date: 02/01/2010
Genre: Children's
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