Monday, August 1, 2011

The Haunted Dollhouse (Nancy Drew Graphic Novel Series #3) by Stefan Petrucha, Sho Murase

To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Nancy Drew, this graphic novel features many subtle tributes to classic Nancy Drew adventures. River Heights is celebrating 'Nostalgia Week' and everyone in town is dressing up and acting like it was 1930 - including Nancy, Bess, and George! Wait till you see Nancy in her roadster! But when scenes of crimes displayed in Emma Blavatsky's antique dollhouse start coming true, Nancy has a full-blown mystery on her hands! Nancy's shocked when she stakes out the dollhouse, and witnesses a doll version of herself murdered! Will that scene become reality too?! Plus a preview of the next Nancy Drew graphic novel, 'The Girl Who Wasn't There.' Ages 8 to 12.

Papercutz is the exciting new graphic novel publisher that's building a huge following among the next generation of comics fans. Even the most reluctant readers are becoming addicted to the Papercutz approach of giving classic characters a modern makeover! Each Papercutz graphic novel features comics stories drawn in the style of the popular Japanese comics known as manga, and beautifully rendered with state of the art color. While educators rave about the high quality of the Papercutz writing and artwork, readers 8 and up are simply enjoying the great adventures found in each fun-filled volume. Be sure to check out other Papercutz titles such as The Hardy Boys, Zorro and Totally Spies

My thoughts:
I liked how the text and locations were related to books in the original hardcover series.  Something is hidden in a hollow oak, a hidden staircase is reveal, a diary with a clue is referred to, they go to Larkspur Lane and Bess talks about having been to Lilac Inn plus a whole lot more.  The references reminded me of a lot of the old books.  Not that I recall the mysteries any longer, but I've seen the titles often enough.

In the spirit of the 1930's all of the townspeople dress in clothing from the time, drive cars from the time and forgo using technology that was not available then like computers and cell phones.  A supposedly haunted doll house shows up and each time the dolls move they show the next crime.  Nancy is determined to solve this mystery without using technology and using her own reasoning skills.

I think these books are good for easing new readers into the series by whetting their appetites for more about Nancy, Bess and George while also appealing to those who enjoy comics and graphic novels.  It was very quick to read making it easy to finish it in one sitting.

•Pub. Date: November 2005
•Publisher: Papercutz
•Format: Paperback , 96pp
•Age Range: 8 to 12
•Series: Nancy Drew Graphic Novels: Girl Detective Series #3
•ISBN-13: 9781597070089
•ISBN: 1597070084


  1. These sound like so much fun. I'm glad you keep reading and reviewing them.

  2. I was excited about this new series collection however when I read through comic#1, the dialogue was a little wooden. Maybe I'm starting to feel my age (drats) lolz. No....hahaha. Anyways, I think my expectations were too high before so I think another re-read will do. I love Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys growing up :D I have a Hardy Boys post from my other blog. You're welcome to visit:
    I get a thrill when a story gave references to past mysteries because that will just (imo) get a new reader in discovering more of Nancy Drew and her friends. Btw, was there actually a book released that Nancy and Ned tied the knot? Book Rumor? My mom said that she once read such a book (she can't remember exactly what mystery it happened)and it seemed to have only been released in her generation. lolz.