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The Haunted Mansion: Frights of Fancy

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Ahhhhh I loved it!! It was sooo cute!

The art is amazing and very accurate to everything you’d see at Disneyland, so it had a very authentic feel.

I liked Sydney’s character. She was spunky and driven, even when she ran up against a few obstacles. Even though this book was brief, I feel like the reader really got a sense of everyone’s personality. 

I was slightly disappointed that we didn’t see the effect Sydney had, in the end. It was hinted at but not fully developed, and I’m still not sure which I would have preferred. 

Also, on page 46 - now this is an uncorrected ebook - The Bride says “not nary” and I believe grammatically it should be just nary. So hopefully someone will catch it in the final; it just really stood out to me.

Loved the little notes in the back! Highly recommended!
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I've been dying to read this one. (pun intended) I've been waiting for the hitchhiking ghosts to cross my path and lead me into this ghostly tale for at least a year. If the haunted mansion is your favorite ride (as it is mine), you'll be thoroughly delighted with this macabre yet fanciful origin story of how the Haunted Mansion came to be and how the ride got structured. The Haunted Mansion is a retirement home for wayward, retired, party animal ghosts and hitchhiking ghosts. To "pay" for their stays, they spook and scare the ride goers. You'll cross paths with the majority of the spooks you love from the ride. It's a ride down memory lane. Since we've been in quarantine from COVID-19, this graphic novel is the next best thing from being at Disneyland. 

Sydney is the new ghost on the block. She used to work in hospitality and the Bride gave her the almost impossible task to organize a band of misfits into a spooky crescendo. You'll have to turn the pages faster and faster to see if the Bride or Sydney wins the bet. It's a quick read and you may want to reread it to enjoy it over and over. 

The illustrations are beautiful. The art style of the characters matches the ride, yet has a unique twist. See if you find all your favorites and make connections to where they belong on the ride. 

At the end, there's a tribute to the ride. We learn the history of all the different versions of the Haunted Mansion.
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Unfortunately, this one fell short for me. The art was very fun and appropriate, so it pushed it to 3 stars. I loved how the characters from the ride were incorporated and the history at the end is perfect for kids who want to know more about the HM (anything to encourage future theme park nerds!). 

I didn't really care for the Bride and Sydney didn't feel fully fleshed out (no pun intended) - I think she was more of a vehicle to get us into the building and understand the dynamics so, if that's the case, she did a good job.
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The Haunted Mansion is one of my favorite attractions and this graphic novel is a great blend of a new story with all of the classic characters from the attraction included. Any Disney fan would enjoy this! Constance Hatchaway is sassy and wonderful!
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A very quick and spooky graphic novel about the haunted mansion ride in disneyland. I really liked the art style and the dialogue were clear and easy to follow. Younger people will definitely adore this!
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The Haunted Mansion: Frights of Fancy did a delightful and frightful job. I love the graphics and the design. They are so good and super appealing. This graphic novel really did a great job paying homage to the classic Disney ride. Many characters and settings were familiar and their personalities mesh perfectly with their design. The humor and lightheartedness offer a pleasant read with the ghostly atmosphere.
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I was granted an eARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I got super excited when I saw a new Haunted Mansion graphic novel on NetGalley because I am obsessed with all things Haunted Mansion. I read this pretty quickly and thoroughly enjoyed it.

This particular Haunted Mansion graphic novel is targeted for younger readers, I’d say middle grade is ideal. Haunted Mansion: Frights of Fancy is a cute new story about a newcomer ghost who joins the classic Haunted Mansion crew and hopes to give them a bit of an afterlife face-lift. Things don’t go exactly as planned, but the outcome is still silly, heart-warming, and classic Disney awesome. Also extra props for the main character Sidney being a lovely young Black woman. I think it’s got a little something for everyone, whether you’re an OG Haunted Mansion fan or a newcomer. This new story is sure to inspire a new generation of ghouls and guys.
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The Haunted Mansion, a beloved attraction at Disney World but also home to many resident ghosts. This was a lovely graphic novel with a nice idea that would entice children ready for a trip to Disney. 
Sydney is a new ghost who has moved to The Haunted Mansion as the hotel she was haunting previously has been knocked down and she had no where else to go. 
Constance, the formidable bride, is not happy with the new girl taking the spot light and trying to make changes. So she sets her a task to make the place the scariest it has ever been before the 50th anniversary. 
With a rag tag group of ghosts that we all know and love, together they create the Haunted Mansion ride we know as it is today. Eventually, Constance can see that what Sydney has done for the place is the best and allows her to take control of the scares, something Sydney loves to do as per her hotel management job whilst alive. 
Beautiful graphics create this book and perfect for little ones to read and for adults to get them in the mood to go back and visit!
A really lovely touch at the end with some history about how the mansion came to be and some lovely concept art for the book too. 
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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This Disney tie-in to the Haunted Mansion ride at the various Disney Parks gives a back story for the mansion and some of the main ghosts. The plot is solid and gives the new-kid-in-school trope a twist. Although the majority of the characters are ghosts, the story is not really frightening and is good for young readers wanting to dip their toes into spooky tales. However some of the corporate jargon used by Sydney (the heroine) may be confusing for some readers. The artwork is lovely and expressive.
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I wish there was more of a plot to this book. The illustrations are amazing however the plot was lacking.
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Loved this super cute graphic novel based on Disney's Haunted Mansion attraction.  If you are a Disney fan I highly recommend it!
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How many juvenile works can you say that teach great management skills? Not a lot, right? Well, look no further! The Haunted Mansion: Frights of Fancy does just that! Along with it's absolutely stunning artwork and heartwarming message about friendship and the power of teamwork, this work also teaches valuable management lessons about celebrating everyone's individual talents and how to get the best out of your team. It is a brilliant and unique work that you will want to have on hand to recommend!

And who doesn't love some ooky-spookyness? This ghoul sure does.
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While the beautiful and colorful illustrations will captivate your interest, the storyline unfortunately falls short of expectations if you are a fan of The Haunted Mansion’s spook and mystery. The storyline is dull but young readers who are not quite familiar with The Haunted Mansion and who are not quite ready for some scares may enjoy this book.
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Sydney, newly arrived ghost at the Haunted Mansion retirement home for ghosts, gets off on the wrong foot with the head ghost in this beautifully illustrated story of bullies, new friends, and collaboration among ghosts.
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An adorable foray into a story told behind the scenes of a ride we all know and love at our respective Disney resort. This gives life to the characters we see in the ride and adds personality to their images, which is something I am completely here for. Overall a charming graphic novel that is great for all ages and one that I will be recommending to readers looking for something unique and fun to read.
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I really enjoyed reading this graphic novel! It takes a "new girl" kind of story and twists it on its head. The artwork is stunning, the jokes and writing are lovely and a happy ending with compromise is always a great thing. The original characters from the Haunted Mansion ride are all in attendance with a nice little history of the ride following the comic. A great suggestion for any Disney fan.
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I am a big fan of the Disney World ride, so it was a nice to see a story set in the Haunted Mansion.  I was little disappointed though, as the characters all have such rich and established backstories that weren't really explored.  It was cute at the end that "anniversary celebration" was a recreation of the ride, but I was expected something a little more.  I did love the art style.  I hope there are more volumes that go into more detail.  I did like the story and the world, I just wish it had been fleshed out a little more.
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The Haunted Mansion: Frights of Fancy is an adorably illustrated graphic novel for young readers. The graphic novel was written to honor the 50th anniversary of the Hunted Mansion at Disneyland, and follows a ghost named Sydney who finds herself betting the infamous Bride (you know, the one who famously killed her husbands and lives in the mansion's attic) that she can double the scares!

The artwork is really colorful and cute. There are many famous characters and scenes from the mansion, like Tightrope Girl aka Sally, the Bride, and the Duelists. However, even the adorable style cannot make up for the messy plot and the planning. The panels jump around sometimes like chunks of script or entire panels were cut from the storyboard. This means that the characters' movements and conversations feel really awkward and don't flow between pages.

The conflict with the Bride feels really forced and I'm not entirely sure how it all gets resolved at the end. Sydney was a hospitality manager when she was alive and spends a lot of the book talking about hotel management. This leads to much of the humor feeling too dry and adult to really resonate with kids.
 
Though the art is cute and colorful, The Haunted Mansion: Frights of Fancy feels a bit clunky and fails to provide readers with a rounded plot.
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I love the Disney World ride Haunted Mansion so I was very excited to read this book!  It was a fun adventure inside the mansion with a ghost of color protagonist.
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The artwork in this book is so engaging and so is the story. This book will really appeal to all those kids who think that they've already read through your graphic novel collection as well as for Disney lovers. A great book to have top of mind for ref suggestions.
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