R. L. Stine
Thanks to everyone who voted in my poll. This is the book you guys chose for me to cover next! Random fact: this was my very first Goosebumps book in fifth grade. My brother and I used to visit my mom every other weekend, and I have a vivid memory of her surprising us one Friday evening with a Goosebumps book each. I got this, and my brother got Say Cheese and Die! Fortunately for me, my brother wasn’t much of a reader, so I ended up with both Goosebumps books, and my love for this series was born.
This entry is dedicated to Cherri on Twitter and Banana at the Goosebumps Wiki (who is just a little obsessed with scarecrows ;)). I was going to read this book after the book that won the poll if this book didn’t win because they both have been requesting that I cover it, but I guess it’s a popular entry in the series. I appreciate all the messages people have been sending me about these reviews. Keep them coming! I love that people are enjoying these.
Can you guys tell I’m on Winter Break? Haha. I had conflicted feelings about updating so much, but pushed them aside because I’m on break. When school starts back Monday, I’ll be blogging (at least slightly) less. I’m having fun with these. Might as well enjoy it while I can. I promise to blog about something personal or exciting soon. (Hopefully both?)
With money I got from Christmas (plus a little from my savings), I bought a recliner for my office. Josh watches TV in the living room a lot when I want to read, and I’ve been reading in bed, which quickly becomes sleeping in bed. I don’t always feel like laying in bed, and so I found myself reading less. A recliner to read in has been on my wishlist for a while, and I decided to just go ahead and splurge.
This just might be my favorite Goosebumps book. It is well-written, it is suspenseful, and it is interesting. Maybe it’s because I read a really terrible entry in the series right before reading this book, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed The Cuckoo Clock of Doom.
The cover and title made me think and hope that this book would play with time travel, and it did, -ish. The main character, Michael, messes with the bird in a cuckoo clock his father brings home, and finds himself going backwards in time years at a time. He must find a way to stop time from moving back anymore before his existence is erased.
The Barking Ghost is an entry in the series I had seen at book fairs and stores when I was a kid and always wanted to read, but never had the opportunity to buy (until now!). The cover is actually one of my favorites in the series, and a ghost dog seems like it would make for an interesting plot device. Spoiler: it didn’t.
Funny enough, this is one of R. L. Stine’s least favorite Goosebumps books. (Has he READ Chicken Chicken?) I wonder if that had any weight on the price of this book at Amazon. Both of the books he listed as least favorites (the other one being Go Eat Worms!) were only $1.99. I’m glad I didn’t spend more than that on this.
After reading some of the Fear Street books, I’ve been reminiscing a lot about R. L. Stine’s other popular series, Goosebumps. I was obsessed with the series when I was younger and read a large chunk of the series. I decided to read one of my favorite installments to rediscover what I loved. Surprisingly, this book held up really well! Why not go through this series as well?
Night of the Living Dummy was great because it dealt atmospheric and subtle scares. The dummy didn’t come alive until after more than halfway through the book, and I thought that was an interesting and creative decision. The story relied on the natural creepiness of ventriloquist dummies in the same way that the original Child’s Play made the viewer question if Chucky was really alive.