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“Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King, the ruler of Halloween Town and master of all things creepy and spooky. But he’s tired of his life in the shadows and longs for something new. When he accidentally stumbles upon Christmas Town, he decides this is the perfect chance to try his hand at a brand new holiday and is convinced he’ll have the world yelling “Scary Christmas”! With the young patchwork doll Sally trying to dissuade him and the evil Oogie Boogie waiting in the wings to take over Halloween Town in Jack’s absence, he’d better hurry if he wants to get his plan in place by December 25th! This is the soft cover manga edition!””

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I got an ARC in return for an honest review on NetGalley.

I am not a big fan of the movie, never really saw the appeal. My boyfriend is a huge fanatic to the point of multiple massive tattoos and that is just the small stuff. So I thought I would give it a shot as a book. I much prefer books to movies after all. I still wasn’t impressed. The book literally had a different font for when the characters were singing, but it was never addressed that they were. It felt like a lazy adaption. I wanted a manga, I got an adaption that rivals Adam & Steve for lame (the book literally referenced a famous drag queen coming on stage by her name and it was pretty awful). I just expected more from Tokyopop.

The art was consistent and well done. There was nothing technically wrong with the book, but it just wasn’t exciting. It is hard to bring the fun of a musical to a written work. I did like that there was more Sally than I remember in the movie though. she is the only real character that made sense throughout the movie.

The book isn’t bad and it is a great way to get a young reader into manga in a very safe and easy way. Give it a shot, but it didn’t do anything for me.

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2 out of 5 stars. I wouldn’t recommend this book.

You can buy the book here.

~Isaiah

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