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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RL Stine's Magnum Opus
Night of the Living Dummy is quite possibly the greatest Goosebumps book ever written, with only The Ghost Next Door in serious competition. Granted, it's not a particularly prestigious title, but Dummy is still fairly effective as a piece of children's "horror" lit.

The book succeeds, first of all, for its quality of writing and atmosphere. Stine does have...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad
Poor.ly done and not good for a 10 year old girl. Creepy and not my type.

"Top of the world bad" said my 10 year old
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RL Stine's Magnum Opus, July 12, 2009
This review is from: Goosebumps (Mass Market Paperback)
Night of the Living Dummy is quite possibly the greatest Goosebumps book ever written, with only The Ghost Next Door in serious competition. Granted, it's not a particularly prestigious title, but Dummy is still fairly effective as a piece of children's "horror" lit.

The book succeeds, first of all, for its quality of writing and atmosphere. Stine does have some bits of the cartoonish prose he would become infamous for (thanks to Troy Steele if nothing else) but on the whole it's a very well-written book by Stine's standards, with convincing dialogue and prose and great pacing. The book has the creepy atmosphere of "banal dread" which appeared in most of the early Goosebumps books; you feel like you're in a real world setting, and yet that something bad is lurking at the end of the next chapter break. The slow pace, establishing the story, characters and slowly-building events, makes the denouement - Mr. Wood coming to deadly life - all the more effective. The scenes of our protagonists wrestling Mr. Wood in the middle of the night is one of the most disturbing scenes in Goosebumps history. It truly captures the feel of the generally creepy cover (let's forget the hideous thing on the recent Horrorland tie-in release, please - Tim Jacobus is the only Goosebumps artist for me).

Stine should also be credited for creating, in Mr. Wood, a truly memorable and disturbing enemy. In sequels Slappy's antics would become repetitive and predictable, and try to compensate for this lack of creepiness by exploring Slappy's background - kind of silly given that he's a ventriloquist dummy. In this book Mr. Wood's purely malicious nature is inexplicable and made all the more creepy for it. He's just an evil character without apology or explanation, and lacking in Slappy's self-awareness - he's a truly menacing and evil antagonist.

In all, Night of the Living Dummy is one of RL Stine's best achievements, and shows that however far he has fallen over time, he did have some knack for this kind of story at one point. I can still read this book as a cynical twenty-year-old and be entertained - that in and of itself should say something.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy!, January 12, 2007
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Amy Aldrich (Scottsdale, AZ) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Goosebumps (Mass Market Paperback)
The books in the Goosebumps series regularly seem to take the vein of a morality tale (of a twisted sort) where one virtue, evil, personality flaw, or issue is taken up as the focus of the story, and Night of the Living Dummy is no exception. The order of the day here is competition...in this volume we meet twins Lindy and Kris Powell who are constantly competing, arguing, trying out do, out wit, and one-up one another. Their parents are frazzled and fed up with these beautiful twins who seem to frequently cross the line into cruelty and viciousness, and often behaving without sympathy toward one another and others.

As we join them, the twins are exploring the house across the way from theirs when Lindy discovers a ventriloquist dummy in the construction dumpster...even better he appears to be in excellent shape. To Kris' horror, Lindy keeps the dummy, which Kris initially distains as stupid, gross, and boring. Shortly after finding him, Lindy manages to gain some skill and when her act becomes popular with their classmates...popular enough to get her some gigs doing birthday parties with her act, Kris decides that she too MUST have a dummy. Her parents initially rebuke her, dummies are expensive and try to get the girls to share which outrages Lindy...she becomes quite cruel toward her sister calling her a copy cat and really wanting this one thing for herself.

When their father manages to conveniently stumble upon a second dummy in a second hand shop for a good price, it seems like the problem is solved...but Lindy is still angry at her sister for trying to steal her thunder and begins to pose the dummy so that it appears to be alive, frightening her sister terribly...when the secret is revealed, Kris is crushed...but shortly after the dummy DOES come to life and the twins are left without their parents support (they are just fed up with talk and whining about the dummies to hear a single thing more about them). Will the girls be able to stop Mr. Wood? Will he make them his slaves? You'll have to read to find out...what you get is always different than what you expect with these stories, and Night of the Living Dummy is no exception, it does have a signature "got ya" moment at the end.

Overall, Night of the Living Dummy is well written and the characters are simple but adequately written. The girls are sympathetic in some instances and not in others...there are times in the story when you think they are getting what they deserve for the way they behaved...but in the end, you want them to pull out of it and save themselves from Mr. Wood. At the very end, just when you think it's all going to be ok, boo...an abrupt shock at the end and the story is over, leaving the reader wondering how the girls will get out of their predicament...this one reeks of sequel, which I understand there are several of. I give it five stars, this is much better written than some of the other books I've read in the series and for taking something that's already kind of creepy (the dummy) and making it horrific several times over.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary, unbelievable, and outstanding., October 28, 1999
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All you people out there should read this book, as it is scary, unbelievable, and outstanding reading. Scary because Mr. Wood, the dummy, walks around the house, talks, and spits green slime. A doll coming to life, makes it unbelievable. Outstanding reading for those who like thrillers, monsters, and freaks.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars which dummy, August 23, 2003
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"1rakestraw" (chester/VA usa) - See all my reviews
R.L. Stine has done it again with another fantastic goosebumps book.Night of the living dummy was a fantastic book about a dummy who comes to life when these mysterous words are read out loud.Kris wants a dummy and gets one which turns out to be an evil dummy.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars night of the lining dummy, October 28, 2005
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This review is from: Goosebumps (Mass Market Paperback)
The story I am revieiwng is Goose Bump's night of the living dummy1. This book is a horror book so when you read it, prepare to be scared.This book is personally one of the best books I have ever read. When I read this book I was in suspence through

every chapter.

The book is about Katie and she decides she wants to be a ventriloquist and after seeing some one perform. Her dad buys a dummy for her, but she soon finds this is no ordinary dummy. When she tries to tell her parents they dont believe her. In time, someone begins to stalk Katie by destroying her sisters priceless painting's and making them thank it was Katie.When more and more things start to happin she decides she will solve the mystery by her self.

While reading Night of the living dummy1 time will fly by. After reading this book it made me want to read more often.This is my favorite book.On the positive side it was flipin scary.On the negtive side nothing it was too short.I give it a five out of five.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He's No Dummy!, February 14, 2006
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This review is from: Goosebumps (Mass Market Paperback)
Lindy and her sister Kris discover an old dummy in a dumpster walking home one day. The dummy is in perfectly good shape and they can't understand why somebody threw the dummy away. Lindy decides to keep it so she names it Slappy. Lindy tries Slappy out on two of the kids her and Kris babysit. Slappy is an instant success. Kris becomes extremly jealous so Lindy decides to keep him. Lindy and Kris's dad buys Kris a dummy of her own which upsets Lindy causing her to play a mean practical joke on Kris. But soon after Kris gets her dummy, strange things start happening. No way it could be Mr. Wood (Kris' dummy) right?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. wood=coolest goosebumps villan alive!BETTER THAN SLAPPY!, October 12, 1998
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MR wood is fetured in this book not slappy like goosebumps fans that have not read it think. but don't be disapointed Mr wood is 10 times cooler scarier and grusumer than Slappy. this is the best goosebumps book ever. It really made my hair stand on end. It is actually better than Bride of the living dummy. That fetured slappy and a never before seen evil doll named named mery ellen. But Mr. wood el out scare those guys anyway! Also it is R.L. Stines favorite Gosebumps book. he said it himself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad, February 3, 2014
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Poor.ly done and not good for a 10 year old girl. Creepy and not my type.

"Top of the world bad" said my 10 year old
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an EPIC book, June 27, 2013
This is one of the best book's I've ever read. R.L. Stone does it again!I love it so much. A very cool book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars R.L. Stine at his best!, May 25, 2012
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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