Book Review – Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy

August 10, 2009 at 9:48 pm (Book Reviews, Children) (, , , )

Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy

BY: R.L. Stine

COVER DESIGN BY: Steve Scott

COVER ART BY: Brandon Dorman

PUBLISHED BY: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN-13: 978-0-545-03517-0

ISBN-10: 0-545-03517-0

Ages: 9-12

Reviewed by: Billy Burgess

 

It’s been over fifteen years since R.L. Stine first introduced his readers to the evil ventriloquist’s dummy. Slappy is back in this re-release of the first book. It has brand new cover and extra bonus features that include: Q& A with R.L. Stine, Fright Gallery: Slappy the Dummy, A Dummy’s Guide to Ventriloquism and Slappy’s Greatest Wisecracks.

Kris and Lindy Powell are twins that share everything. Lindy finds a ventriloquist’s dummy in a dumpster near their house. She takes it home and plans on making money with it by performing at birthday parties. Her sister doesn’t like Slappy because he’s always starring at her with an evil grin.

Thinking that she is jealous of Lindy’s dummy, her father buys her a dummy at a second hand store. Kris loves the dummy and names him Mr. Woods. She finds a piece of paper in the dummy’s pocket and reads the strange words out loud: “Karru marri odonna loma molonu karrano.”

After a few strange events, Kris believes that Mr. Woods is alive and no one believes her. How will she defeat Mr. Woods?

It was fun reading about Slappy again. He’s one of my favorite Goosebumps characters and I think you will enjoy reading about him too.

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