PLANET OF THE LAWN GNOMES (GOOSEBUMPS: MOST WANTED #1) by R.L.Stine
Published: October 1 2012
Goodreads Synopsis: Jay Gardner is a mischievous kid who can’t stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, Jay gets in so much trouble, his family is forced to move. The new neighborhood offers Jay a chance at a fresh start. But there’s something odd about Jay’s new town. Why does everyone have lawn gnomes in front of their homes? And why is everyone afraid to go outside at night? The lawn gnomes don’t come to life at night-do they? Jay is about to learn that mischief can quickly turn to horror.
In the beginning of the story, Jay’s life seems to resemble that of Alexanders from ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz. Accidental occurrences keep piling up for Jay.
The story takes a turn for terrifying when the lawn gnomes from surrounding neighborhood lawns seem more than just their exterior plaster and paint. Intense and thrilling scenes of fear ensue!
I personally love lawn gnomes, so I loved the premise of this story. I can’t say the idea hasn’t ever crossed my mind and I’m so glad that R.L.Stine gifted animation to those little statues so I could realistically experience the havoc evoked.
This was such a fun read for me. I loved so much being back in the world of Goosebumps and couldn’t put this book down. It was a quick read.
The ending turned weird. I’m wondering if I should have gone back and reread REVENGE OF THE LAWN GNOMES before picking up GOOSEBUMPS MOST WANTED. I don’t exactly remember what happens and I’m wondering if it’s been explained in the earlier book because the ending really threw me. I will have to further investigate this.
SON OF SLAPPY (GOOSEBUMPS: MOST WANTED #2) by R.L.Stine
Published: January 1 2013
Goodreads Synopsis: Jackson Stander is every parent’s dream. He doesn’t get into trouble, he always does his homework, and he never, ever lies. His teachers all trust him completely. He even volunteers at the local Youth Center. But that was all before Jackson came across an evil ventriloquist dummy. Now he must deal with Slappy and the son of Slappy as they wreak havoc on his family and friends. Jackson will soon see that two Slappy’s are not better than one!
I was very hesitant to read SON OF SLAPPY. Thoughts of ‘just skip two and move onto three’ filled my head. This is because as a kid, Slappy scared the living heck out of me. I think I can attribute my fear of dolls to him. (Fun fact: my mother had a secret collection of porcelain dolls for me. She gifted them to me years later and I almost fainted. LOL.)
Jackson is a very well-behaved child. His sister Rachel is a different story. Jackson and Rachel spend a week with their grandfather at his house of weird and odd collections. Jackson meets an evil ventriloquist dummy and must deal with the cataclysmic wrath that follows.
Slappy and Son of Slappy are back and just as wicked as ever. I was right to be weary, I was freaked out. Now, after the fact, it’s kind of thrilling and exciting. R.L.Stine did a great job of crafting a character that scared young me and stuck around to scare adult me.
The twist of this story was great!! I don’t know that I saw it coming, but I probably should have seen it coming. It gave me chills!
The ending was even better. I was completely taken by surprise. It was a very open ended conclusion. Also, I’m noticing that the endings to these books are leaving me with an unsettled feeling. . .I love it!
It’s a quick read but I highly recommend this series. I’m really enjoying it thus far. I almost think he created it for the readers that grew up with these original monsters. Now he’s haunting us again. I enjoyed this book a little more than the first, but not a full star worth.
R. L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children’s author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented, bestselling Goosebumps® series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. His other major series, Fear Street, has over 80 million copies sold.
Stine has received numerous awards of recognition, including several Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and Disney Adventures Kids’ Choice Awards, and he has been selected by kids as one of their favorite authors in the NEA’s Read Across America program. He lives in New York, NY.
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