Rolly Crump’s designs were deliciously creepy and with Disney’s imagineering magic I’m sure the attraction would have made your hair stand on end, however this book doesn’t live up to the spooky potential of the original designs.
All you get is a basic adventure plot stitched together using Mr. Crump’s designs that sort of makes sense if you don’t think about it too hard. The heroes ( Maxwell and Melody) parents are kidnapped. The teens are thrust into a thrilling race through the world’s most strange and dangerous museum, as they unite with their swashbuckling uncle to save their family and the world from an evil secret society. Maxwell and Melody discover the truth about the Museum and their own destinies.
The art was not too shabby, but not what you expect from Disney’s standards.
Honestly I think the most exciting thing about the book is the cover and the brief history lesson you get about the attraction that could have been. Maybe a fun read for the tween crowd but don’t buy it if you’re looking for anything remotely scary or suspenseful. JQ gives this book a 5/10.