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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Mass Market Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439669898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439669894
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R.L. Stine's books have sold more than 300 million copies, making him one of the most popular children's authors in history. Besides Goosebumps, R.L. Stine has written series including: Fear Street, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Dangerous Girls. R.L. Stine lives in New York with his wife, Jane, and his King Charles spaniel, Minnie. www.RLStine.com.

More About the Author

Why is Tim Jacobus R.L. Stine's favorite illustrator? Maybe because they've done so many scary books together. Tim did the cover paintings for more than 80 Goosebumps books, as well as the six amazing Amazon books. Recently, the two of them got together and asked the questions they've always wanted to ask each other...

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TIM (the illustrator) asks R.L. STINE (the author):

TIM: When I illustrate, I can "see" the image in my head before I start to draw. Do you "hear" a story when you write?

R.L.: I hear kids when I write. I try to hear the voice of the boy or girl who is telling the story. I visit schools a lot and talk with kids so I can keep up with what they are saying these days and what real kids sound like. Then I try to hear their voices tell the story as I write it.

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TIM: You've written so many books I can't do the math, but I bet you've used millions of words. What's you favorite word?

R.L.: Someone once got in an elevator with a very witty author named Noel Coward and said, "Say something funny." And Coward said, "Kangaroo." Kangaroo has been a favorite word of mine ever since I heard that story. But as a horror writer, I guess my favorite word is SCREAM!

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TIM: Where is the strangest place you have come up with an idea for a story?

R.L.: An empty movie theater. My wife and I went to see a scary movie in a big, old movie house-- and we were the only ones in the theater. It was kind of creepy. Then about halfway through the movie, I turned around and saw that the back row was filled with people sitting straight and still. Suddenly, I thought-- They are zombies! I'm trapped in a dark zombie theater! And that's where the idea for the book Zombie Town came from.

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TIM: If you couldn't write-- and you possessed all skills-- what would you like to do for a living?

R.L.: I drew comic strips from the time I was in 4th grade, and I always dreamed of being a cartoonist. You can imagine my shock when the other kids told me how bad my art was. They were right. I stunk! I got over my extreme disappointment by starting to write. But if I had the skill, I would love to do what you do, Tim.

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R.L. STINE (the author)asks TIM (the illustrator):

R.L.: If you couldn't be an artist what would you like to be?

TIM: I would like to be a "Snowmaker" at one of the big ski resorts, out west, like Mammoth Mountain in California. You work at night when everyone goes home. Set up the snow guns, cover the slopes, and groom them with the Sno-Cat track machine. It's kinda like a snow tank! Then, you get to ski for free! I love that snow!

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R.L.: When we were kids, my brother and I used to go to a horror movie every Saturday. We loved them all. The covers on our six Amazon books look like movie posters to me. Were you also influenced by horror movies? If so, which ones?

TIM: I was a complete "chicken" as a kid. I couldn't sit through any horror movie. The first scary movie I saw was on TV. It isn't really a horror movie. It was the Hunchback of Notre Dame-- the black-and-white version with Charles Laughton. That movie freaked me out! The mutant, Quasimodo, was something that REALLY could exist. Black-and-white movies, black-and-white photos--they all seem more "real" than full color to me.

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R.L.: You have painted so many great covers. I think your scariest Goosebumps cover was for The Barking Ghost. And the black cat on The 13th Warning is really creepy. Do you have a favorite cover? Is it a scary one or a funny one?

TIM: It's hard to pick a favorite. But you gotta love the blue bathroom blobs in Monster Blood IV. That one is a little creepy and WAY funny. For just outright scary, I love the ticket taker in Zombie Town!

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R.L.: What was the weirdest thing someone ever asked you to draw?

TIM: Oh, I have drawn a lot of weird stuff. One time, I had to paint a pimple! You know... acne! It was a medical illustration. Gross. When I first started illustrating, I painted pictures of food. My food illustrations were used in the Sunday newspaper for the local supermarket. I painted every food you can imagine. I can draw a pretty mean potato!

Customer Reviews

He reads all the goosebumps books that he can find.
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We thought this book had a good storyline,very interesting and scary in some places.
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In the book Slappy got stretched out by the other dummies and died.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harry Potter on July 15, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the best Night of the Living Dummy book ever! I give this book a five star since it is the last in the goosebumps series but there is two in Goosebumps Series 2000: Bride of the Living Dummy and Slappy's Nightmare. Other Goosebumps books are mint but I like this one the most. Thankyou for spending time reading my review!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Absolutely Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!! Trina and Dan can't stop squabbling with one another.Zane took advantage of that and tried to take revenge of what Trina&Dan did to him last time he was there.But........soon the dummies start popping 'round everywhere...miseriously. Slappy one of the dummies comes to life, destroying Trina &Zane's lives....forever!!!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hancock the Superb on July 12, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first Night of the Living Dummy is one of the best entries in the Goosebumps canon, a genuinely creepy horror novella that Stine has rarely matched. Night of the Living Dummy II was a solid follow-up, introducing a new twist to the dummy story and even adding an extra bit of creepiness. However, just nine months after the second installment, Stine returns to the Dummy well, and finds it a bit dry this time around.

There really isn't much to say about this one that wasn't said about the first two books. The book has the same exact set up and plot twists as its predecessors, the same "the dummy's alive but then it's a prank but oh wait, the dummy really IS alive" story arc, with the added conceit of (wait for it)... extra dummies! Yeah, the epitome of creepiness and creativity is adding more dummies, not giving the already-existing dummy (Slappy) something interesting and original to do. (This isn't even to mention the presence of the same exact "Dummy on the kitchen table" scene as the first two books.) The book does have a nice twist ending which I quite like, but otherwise it's just more of the same.

What more can be said about this book? As the saying goes, it's done well, but one is disappointed to see it done at all.
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A Kid's Review on November 11, 2004
Format: Library Binding
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DUMMY 3

By R.L. Stine

Review by Larry

Why do people like ventriloquist dolls? Well in this book I'm going to tell you about a man and his family and how much he likes the dummies and are the dummies alive, Ha! Ha! Ha! Read and find out!

Read the book of how Trina O'Dell and her brother Dan explore their fathers dummies museum, here brother has a thing for his fathers dummies, I think he wants to be like his dad, because he likes to play with the dummies and even got a little bit of ventriloquist in him. Even though they like playing with the dummies they don't like entering the attic alone because the dummies look alive when you're in the dark scary attic and you have twelve sets of eyes staring at you. Let me tell you about that new dummy, man I think dummy collection is funny, do you know anyone who has anything strange, smiley is the name of the dummy their dad found on his way home. Trina found a note that was in the dummies pocket she thought it might have been the dummies real name so she read the note and it said "karru marri odonna loma molonu karrano". Next thing you know the dummy moved his little blue eye and blinked and Trina was in shock then the dummy moved its arm straight out and slap!!! You can read about the attacking of the dummies.
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A Kid's Review on December 5, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book by R. L. Stine takes place in Trina O'Dell's house. It is about a girl whose dad found a dummy in a dumpster. Her dad collects dummies. She reads words from a card that she found in the dummy's pocket. Then the next night the dummy comes to life. Trina and her brother "Dan", go into the attic expecting her cousin to be in there trashing the room. But instead of their cousin, they find "Slappy", the new dummy. Then Trina and her brother get in a fight with "Slappy". They reach into the dummy's pocket thinking that the card will make him die, but it turns out it made the other dummies in Trina's attic come to life. To their luck, the other dummies disassembled "Slappy" and "Slappy" dies. Then the other dummies die too. At the end of the story, their cousin "Zane" wanted a dummy. They gave him "Slappy". I think their cousin might be in for some trouble, because they gave it to him alive. When they were walking out the door, they read the magic words and kept the card! So now Zane might be in for it!

I liked this book because it had dummies coming to life and it had funny jokes like "hey, scratch my back - I think I've got termites!"
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A Kid's Review on December 5, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book by R. L. Stine takes place in Trina O'Dell's house. It is about a girl whose dad found a dummy in a dumpster. Her dad collects dummies. She reads words from a card that she found in the dummy's pocket. Then the next night the dummy comes to life. Trina and her brother "Dan", go into the attic expecting her cousin to be in there trashing the room. But instead of their cousin, they find "Slappy", the new dummy. Then Trina and her brother get in a fight with "Slappy". They reach into the dummy's pocket thinking that the card will make him die, but it turns out it made the other dummies in Trina's attic come to life. To their luck, the other dummies disassembled "Slappy" and "Slappy" dies. Then the other dummies die too. At the end of the story, their cousin "Zane" wanted a dummy. They gave him "Slappy". I think their cousin might be in for some trouble, because they gave it to him alive. When they were walking out the door, they read the magic words and kept the card! So now Zane might be in for it!

I liked this book because it had dummies coming to life and it had funny jokes like "hey, scratch my back - I think I've got termites!"
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