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The Twilight Zone: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Paperback – December 23, 2008

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Grade 5-7–The power is out on peaceful Maple Street, and no one knows why. As paranoia and fear rise, the neighbors turn on one another, looking for a culprit. In the end, readers see the street from the viewpoint of invading aliens, who blithely comment on how easy it is to sit back and let the earthlings destroy themselves. The illustrations and layout, while not remarkable, are clear and simple enough to move the story along briskly. A gripping horror tale with a deeper meaning, this is a quick read that should appeal to reluctant readers.–Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY END --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

ROD SERLING (creator) has won the most Emmy awards for dramatic writing in the history of television. He wrote over seventy-five episodes of the Twilight Zone series. He was also the show's host and narrator.

MARK KNEECE (adaptor) has written stories for numerous comics, including Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight. He helped found the sequential art department at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and teaches comics writing. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.

RICH ELLIS (illustrator, The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street) earned a B.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He is a member of the Periscope Studio, and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Twilight Zone
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080279713X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802797131
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Maple Street is quiet on a lazy, Saturday afternoon. Neighbors are chatting, mowing lawns, and watching their children play in the street. It is almost like the calm before the storm.

A brilliant flash of light startles the unsuspecting group. Many believe it to be a meteor falling from the heavens. The residents stop what they are doing, and watch as it trails across the sky. Seconds later, every electronic device goes dark. The people find that their cars won't start and all phones have lost a dial tone. Worry and fear take hold of these people.

Tommy, a neighborhood kid, explains that the monsters are coming for them. They cut the power to make sure that no one will leave. The residents of Maple Street begin to wonder who "they" really are. Accusations begin to fly, and, inevitably, mob mentality takes over.

What is extremely eerie about the Maple Street script is that it is not as far-fetched as other Twilight Zone ideas. It is prejudice that invades this small community and ultimately destroys it. I think that this graphic novel may hit home with many teens because of the content. This scenario is very real, and that makes it even more frightening.

Another great Twilight Zone adaptation by Mark Kneece!

Reviewed by: LadyJay
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Having read a previous adaptation of a Twilight Zone episode, I picked up this volume at the library anticipating another well-retold story. The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street is a famous episode from the show. In it, a suburban street is subject to a power outage after what seems to be a meteor comes crashing overhead. Not only is the power out, but cars won't start and portable radios don't pick up any stations. People start to get nervous. One guy goes to the next street to find out if they have the same problems. The other people gather and talk about how weird it is. When two guys decide to walk downtown, a boy of ten warns them not to go, because they won't come back. That's how these stories always work out in comic books and movies--people disappear one after another because the aliens from the "meteor" are starting their invasion. The boy insists that there must be a family who are really aliens sent ahead of time to get things ready. Suspicions immediately grow and good neighbors become a paranoid mob. Things go from bad to worse when cars mysteriously start and stop and only certain homes have power. The neighbors turn on one another at a truly frightening pace and with devastating consequences.

As an adaptation of the story, this volume was a bit of a let down. The story is exactly the same with no real visual flourishes or significant new material to make it better or even different in an interesting way. Having seen the episode first, this book feels redundant. It's still a great story anyway.
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I remember this story rather well, and was looking forward to reading this one. But honestly, it did better on television than as a graphic novel. Good opportunities for talking and acting, but not for this format. Also, the choice for how it was colored to show the lantern light was unnecessary.

The binding on these books is poor. Picked up several and the binding glue separated the cover from the book.
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Part of a series of graphic novels from Walker Books for Young Readers, THE MONSTERS ARE DUE ON MAPLE STREET is an adaptation of an episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE by the same name. On a suburban street, all the power goes out when a meteor seemingly crashes nearby. However, not only is the power out, but cars won't start, radios don't play, and most other electronic devices seem to have stopped working. Soon the seemingly close neighbors become suspicious of each other and paranoia runs rampant. There are monsters on Maple Street, but they aren't who the people think.

Although THE MONSTERS ARE DUE ON MAPLE STREET is a classic Twilight Zone story, it really doesn't translate well into this graphic novel adaptation. Other than a few tweaks here and there, the episode has been translated almost exactly from the tv episode. While the overarching themes are still the same, they lose some of their power in this particular book form. This is an example of the tv show being much better than the book.

I liked the illustrations in the story. They are similar to the illustrations in other books in the series. They are kind of cartoony, but not too much so. They do an excellent job of capturing the mood and atmosphere of the tale. The text is written in a font a little larger than most graphic novels and comics and the panels are easy to follow. The book includes introductory and concluding essays as well as a page that gives many details about the original episode, including cast, crew, and trivia.

Overall, while the illustrations are good, the story of THE MONSTERS ARE DUE ON MAPLE STREET doesn't translate well in this particular graphic novel adaptation.
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This series seems pointless (graphic novel adaptations of individual 'Twilight Zone' episodes) yet I keep reading them because they're quick reads and I hope to one day stumble upon one that does proper justice capturing the mood and tone of the series at its best. 'The Monsters are due on Maple Street' is another clunker not worthy of merit but it was a fast read so I won't complain too much.
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