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Little Shop of Hamsters (Goosebumps, Horror Land #14) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2010

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Book 14 of 19 in the Goosebumps HorrorLand Series

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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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545161959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545161954
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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...


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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!


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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on November 7, 2010
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Twelve-year old Sam Waters wants nothing more than to get a pet, but his parents first want him to prove that he can handle the responsibility of caring for an animal. What better way to demonstrate to his parents that he is conscientious enough than to get a job at a pet store. Sam happened to have stumbled upon a store that sold only hamsters, and the owner was willing to give him an after-school job feeding the hamsters and cleaning their cages. Unfortunately, Sam never realized that those hamsters would turn into mean little monsters after they got a hold of the little candies that he and his friend had gotten from the HorrorLand gift shop. His dream job quickly turned into a nightmare and he had no idea how to get out.

With this book's setting of an after-school job at a local shop, fans of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series will get a dose of economics together with the suspense they have come to expect from this popular series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer (Billy) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 26, 2012
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Sam Waters and his Lexi Blake go into the Chiller House store while in Horrorland. He buys a phone-like candy dispenser called a Phoney-Phone and a package Insta-Gro Pet. Late that night while at the dinner table, Sam asks his parents if he could have a pet hamster. They told him that he would have to show that he was responsible enough to have one. Sam comes up with a great idea, he gets a job a pet store to show how responsible he is. Oh no! Sam soon finds out the hamsters in the store have ate his Insta-Gro Pet.

"Little Shop of Hamsters" will make every kid think twice about getting a hamster for a pet. The cover is a little frightening, and kids will love it. Once again, the story ends in a cliffhanger that will be resolved later on in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zellie VINE VOICE on October 21, 2010
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I know it might be silly to include Goosebumps in my challenge but it's been awhile since I've read them! It just hit me today that I should had added a Fear Street title too, oh well, there's always next year! Can I just say how crazy that cover looks? I have a confession, I'm a complete and total hamster lover. I've raised hamsters my whole life. And it was weird, as I was reading this book, I would often catch my hamster staring at me while I read (I read at night so he would be awake bathing or eating) and I would ask him "you're not gonna go crazy on me like these guys, right?!" haha.

I never understood why anyone in their right mind would visit a place called Horrorland. I have to say, the "shrimp" that burrowed into Sam's skin was gross! I would had left at that point! If you ask me, staying at that place and buying thing from there is just asking for trouble!

Sam was a decent character, he was always put in really bad situations and I felt bad for him. His parents never believed him and blamed him for everything, even things that were clearly not his doing and his younger brother (who got away with everything) annoyed the crap out of me. His friend Lexi also annoyed the crap out of me. Every time she "helped" she just ended up making the situation a million times worse! And where does she keep coming from?! I mean, seriously!

And like all Goosebump books (from what I remember) they had a weird twist in the end!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on June 14, 2010
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LITTLE SHOP OF HAMSTERS, the 14th installment in R.L. Stine's bone-chilling middle-grade horror series, centers on more scary goings-on at the always bizarre HorrorLand gift shop.

When Sam Waters and Lexie Blake hit the store, Sam is suffering from pet anxiety --- as in, he doesn't have a pet and his mom and dad won't let him get one. So he buys an Insta-Gro animal from the Horrorland shop and takes it home. His parents aren't too sure about this unusual purchase, but to help them see him as responsible, Sam takes a job in a hamster-only pet store. These, however, are not your typical garden-variety hamsters; in reality, they are very strange and unbecoming little MONSTERS. And now Sam is waging a personal war against the hamsters.

How does this tie in to the HorrorLand souvenir he brought back home? You'll have to read to find out. The craziness of Jonathan Chiller's shop is neverending!

The hamsters eat candy and then turn into candy-gobbling freak animals. And they attack Sam, too. So while he's putting in his hours, improving his reputation with his dad, he's also battling a growing army of freakish hamster horrors. If you don't like the idea of little animals crawling all over you, biting and scratching, then you might find this book a little on the disgusting side. But in a good way.

Like all good Goosebumps titles, there is no way to escape the horrible repercussions of a visit to HorrorLand's gift shop. R.L. Stine's franchise is alive and well, and just as skin-crawling as ever with LITTLE SHOP OF HAMSTERS. Read at your own risk!
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