Ryan Dosier – We’re months past the release of The Muppets in US theaters this past November, and most of us were more than a little disappointed in the scant amount of merchandise released to tie in with the movie. Well, luckily for us, it seems that Disney has realized the error of their ways and will be releasing more and more Muppet merchandise this year. We already know about the POP! Vinyl figures coming soon, but Amazon and Barnes and Noble give us a look at some fun-sounding new Muppet storybooks coming soon/already available as well. Check them out below!
$4.99, available now
Fozzie Bear is having a hard time getting laughs during his comedy routine, so he decides he needs a little bit of luck.. When Fozzie’s friends suggest that he find a rare four-leaf clover, he consults the master of science, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his faithful assistant, Beaker. Bunsen’s cloning machine is just the thing to generate hundreds of lucky four-leaf clovers! With clovers everywhere, the Muppets decide to put on a Go Green benefit show to celebrate Earth Day! But will the audience be able to bear Fozzie’s new jokes? Wocka! Wocka!
$6.99, available nowWalter has always felt like he doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the folks in Smalltown, USA. What Walter wants more than anything else is to go to Hollywood and meet the Muppets. His brother Gary knows how Walter idolizes Kermit, so he and his girlfriend, Mary, decide to take Walter on a trip to California. But when they arrive, they discover that the Muppets have broken up, the Studios are in ruins, and the Muppets Theater is about to be purchased by a greedy oil tycoon who believes that the theater is sitting on top of a large untapped oil source. The only way to save Muppet Studios is to reunite the Muppets and put on a fund-raiser show. Can Walter, Gary, and Mary help Kermit get the Muppets back together and save their theater?
$12.99, available May 15
Ever since transforming into a Muppet, Danvers Blickensderfer’s life has gone a little bonkers. Not only does he have a cool fuzzy nose and flip-top mouth, he’s also the right-hand man to his hero, The Great Gonzo. To top it off, he’s singing boy band hits with the coolest guy in school, Kip Strummer. Yes siree, life is sweet… that is, until a new kid strolls into town. Armed with snarky attitude, snappy one-liners, and a killer bowler hat, this conniving comic is soon stealing the spotlight and turning Danvers into the laughing stock of the school.
It’s a clash of the class clowns as Danvers enlists the help of master Muppet yukmeisters Fozzie Bear, Pepe, and Rowlf in his quest to be the sixth-grade king of comedy.
Meanwhile, evil little sis, Chloe, is getting her own musical number at Kermit’s theater and, for Miss Piggy, this means one thing: War!
Let the battles begin!
$12.99, available September 11
Changing into a Muppet has really turned Danvers Blickensderfer’s life upside down… literally! That’s him dangling above a toilet at the hands of Beebus Spracklin, the biggest thug in school. This creep is the Picasso of insults, swirlys, and wedgies and Danvers is his canvas.
But he’s messin’ with the wrong kid! Not only is Danvers the heart throb star of Kermit’s upcoming band camp movie musical, he’s also a secret… superhero? That’s right, Danvers is convinced that his Muppetmorphosis has bestowed on him extraordinary powers-now he’ll need Gonzo, Miss Piggy and the gang’s help to figure out what the heck those powers could possibly be!
Can Danvers balance being a caped crusader and a tween crooner? Or, will the bully behemoth drive him out of his own school into the open wings of Sam Eagle’s Talent Academy? And what’s with the mysterious green light at the edge of Custardcrust Swamp?
$4.99, available July 17
The Muppets are having a costume party! Of course, each one tries to outdo the others with the punniest costume. Lift the flaps to discover what Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and The Great Gonzo wear to the party. Who will win the grand prize for funniest costume? Find out inside!
$3.99, available September 18
Gonzo is known for his amazing and crazy stunts—he is The Great Gonzo, after all! But what happens when he tries to add some magic tricks to his daredevil act? Will he win over the audience, or just make them disappear?
$12.99, available September 18
Dive into the world of your favorite Muppet characters. Editorial prompts and light illustrations sparks your creativity!
Inside, you can:
– draw your family as Muppets-draw yourself as a Muppet!
– create Gonzo’s next big stunt
– join Kermit and Fozzie in the Wild West
– help Miss Piggy create her next great outfit
– doodle your way out of lots of mazes
– and much, much more!
$4.99, available October 16
Get into the holiday spirit with the Muppets as they count down to Christmas with friends-a-singing, fruitcakes flying, pine trees running amok, and…a chicken in a pine tree! This Muppet twist to a classic carol will have you singing long after the holidays are over.
Well, there you have it, Muppet fans! A look at some of the new and upcoming Muppet books from Disney. I highly recommend going out to pick up a copy of Green and Bear It. It’s only $5 and features stellar art from the one and only Amy Mebberson.