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Pretty Average as Far as Invisible Man (or Child) Adventures Go
on June 16, 2007
Bit disappointed in Stine with this effort, compared to other invisible man (boy/girl) adventures this story is pretty mild entertainment and thriller wise. Stine is one of the better Horror/scary story authors out there, I just expected more. It's almost as if the invisibility part of the story is only even there as it is needed to tie the reason for Max, his brother and friends to hang out around the mirror, the chances to have fun with the characters being invisible just isn't explored. We the reader, only have one experience of a character doing anything with the unsuspecting public and that was very mild indeed.
Plus Stine takes the lazy option of food eaten, clothes, hair and everything else turning invisible as well as the human which again misses the reader out on opportunities for funny or interesting situations with the characters, especially since Max (the main character) would have to have been naked to fully be invisible in the same room as girls that go to his school (including one he thinks is cute). The author could have let the reader have a lot of fun with something like that. There are just a lot of areas this story could have gone that it didn't which make it disappointing being such as simple and uneventful storyline and how predictable is the ending as well?
If you don't know what this book is about but the title seems interesting to you, it's the story of Max who just turned 12, who after his birthday party while taking a girl he likes, her friend and his younger brother up to the attic discovers a room (that somehow his parents and everyone else have never noticed before) which has an old large mirror inside. Tugging on the chain to turn on the light he becomes invisible and only reappears when the light is turned off. This impresses the girls but unfortunately one of their mothers has arrived to take them home. Scared but fascinated of the mirror Max warns his brother not to go near it but of course what little brother ever listens. A couple of days later Max invites his best friend as well the girls back to his house and even though after a while being invisible makes them feel really bad, peer pressure keeps them all having shots at beating the record for time being invisible. Max seems to be the only one actually worried about everyone's health. Unfortunately their health isn't the only thing he needs to fear.
R.L. Stine also has another invisibility adventure of a boy who discovers an invisible man living in his house called My Best Friend is Invisible, although its ending lets it down, it is a lot better story than this one.
The best reads in the invisibility genre are -
Aimed at children
My Invisible Sister by Beatrice Colin & Sara Pinto
Invisible Fran by Jim Benton
Invisible Man's Socks by Alex Shearer
Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex
You are Invisible by Susan Saunders (Also has, like this book does, kids in an attic if you're into this)
The Invisible Day by Marthe Jocelyn
Selby's Shemozzle by Duncan Ball
For those up to the older reading level
Memoirs of an Invisible Man by H. F. Saint
Smoke by Donald E. Westlake
The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells