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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; 1 edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312649541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312649548
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stine takes the normal anxieties of childhood—in this case, the first day at a new school—and blends exaggerated humor with a few equally exaggerated moments of horror in a fast and goofy romp. Lots of fun for Stine fans.” --Booklist
 
“As usual, Stine delivers the hilarity and horror that readers love, and his mastery of sustaining mood will not disappoint. The humor and descriptive first, first day of school allow for faster pacing in the subsequent days, and kids will love the twist at the end.” --SLJ

“Stine's signature blend of horror and humor, combined with an unexpected ending, offers a fresh view on a familiar idea.” -ABC New York

“The genuinely scary encounters in Ardmore’s basement will get kids racing through the pages.  And the surprising twist in the end provides the just right explanation for it all.” –ReadKiddoRead.com

“R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series, brings his unique blend of storytelling, suspense, humor and horror to It’s the First Day of School . . . Forever! . . . . Stine’s many fans will not be disappointed in this book, and anyone who likes mysteries, humor or scary books will enjoy it as well.” --BookPage

“Stine excels in describing events every school child fears.  His young fans will find this one a satisfying read.” –TeensReadToo.com

“A preteen horror take on Groundhog Day . . . . Great fun as ever, supplied by genre’s most prolific and reliable master.” –Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Before R. L. STINE made his name as the Stephen King of children’s literature, he was the author of humorous fiction and an editor of Bananas magazine. He is the bestselling author of more than three hundred books, including the phenomenally bestselling Goosebumps series. It’s the First Day of School . . . Forever! is Stine’s first book with Feiwel and Friends.

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!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura T. Weber on August 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
its a really good book about a kid who is going to a new school and a whole bunch of strange things happen to him and every night he goes to bed and wakes up and finds out its still the first day of school and the first day of school keeps happening over and over. I'm 11 and i think its pretty cool i read it in two nights cause i thought it was so good. i would recommend it to anyone who likes scary books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Donovan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 1, 2011
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The movie Groundhog Day and Wendy Mass' book 11 Birthdays have each tackled the topic of one day happening over and over, so this book by R.L. Stine does not start with a wholly original topic, but he does put a unique spin on the idea, as 6th-grader Artie not only faces the first day of school over and over, but the first day of school as the new kid.

He's plagued by all the things that concern kids across the nation on the first day of school: what to wear, who to eat with at lunch, which desk to sit in, how to navigate the school, how to avoid getting into trouble. Unfortunately, even if he's trying to avoid it, trouble is coming for him. He gets off on a bad foot with the principal when his dog follows him to school and for breaking the dress code by wearing a hat.

Artie is pretty lovable. You have to root for this kid who is trying to do everything right, but ends up doing everything wrong, even when he's lived through it once or twice!

The bulk of the book is taken up with the telling of the first first day, but I still wondered how he would keep it fresh as the same events repeated themselves. Well, he did. Artie's observations and strategies on the subsequent days add life and humor to the story, and of course, there are the zombies.

Zombies? That's right, this is R.L. Stine after all. I was never a Goosebumps reader, so this was my first exposure to him, and I was thinking that this was a pretty normal school story for someone who was supposed to be the master of horror for little ones, until the zombies and giant scorpions appeared.
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Summer break is winding down, and the last thing you want to think about is the dreaded first day of school. Instead of the beach, endless hours of freedom, and crazy adventures, you're stuck with homework, boring teachers, and picking fights with the school bully. All of this can only be worse if you're at a brand new school where you feel lost, friendless and hopeless. For Artie Howard, this is just the beginning of a nightmare that he will have to live over and over again.

The morning on the first day of school couldn't go any worse for Artie. He bangs his head after falling out of bed, drips syrup all over his hair and t-shirt, and looks like he peed his pants after getting splashed by a truck while walking to school. When he finally makes it to school, his dog tackles the principal, he hits the most popular kid, Brick, in the back of the head with a baseball, and ends up in the wrong classroom. As if that wasn't enough, he flings the class scorpion out of the window, discovers a scary basement room filled with corpses, and manages to offend the most beautiful girl in the world. The only thing Artie wants is for this horrible day to end.

The first day of school --- take two. Artie bangs his head after falling out of bed and proceeds to have an argument about whether or not it's the first day of school with his mother. He watches in disbelief as syrup is splattered all over his t-shirt and hair. He desperately tries to avoid getting splashed by the truck, but still manages to look like he peed his pants. His dog attacks the principal, the most popular kid in school, Brick, is still injured by a baseball, and, well, you see the pattern developing. Despite his best efforts, Artie's first day of school is nightmarish all over again.
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By P. Bast on April 20, 2014
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We used this audio book for a student unable to read independently. He enjoyed the book and listening to this reading of it.
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By latanya king on January 8, 2014
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Excellent book, my son loved it. He isn't a reader but thought
This book would be interesting for a book report.
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By David on October 14, 2013
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This book is the best. I read this in my school. And yes. My school let us use iPads,iPhones,iPods,or iPad minis. I use an iPad mini.
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I'll tell ya, this book is spectacular!I couldn't stop reading once I picked it up. This by far is the most amazing book I ever read. It's about a boy named Artie who somehow keeps living the first day of school over and over again. And each day it gets worse. And worse. And more terrifying every time. Except in the end, you find out why all this is happening. I give it 5 stars, and I highly recommend this book.
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By Margot C Gardiner on February 24, 2013
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It was so so so so so so scary so I loved it so so so so so so so so so much.
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