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Say Cheese and Die! (Classic Goosebumps #8) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2009

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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
  • Series: Classic Goosebumps (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545035252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545035255
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,588 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was addicted to these books when I was younger and it wasn't until I was majoring in education in college that I figured out why. They were interesting with bizarre plot twists that most 9-12 year olds don't think about and they were short (usually between 110-130 pages). I could read the whole thing in a day.
My parents also didn't have a lot of heartache with buying me a new book because these are relatively inexpensive (in the neighborhood of 3-5 bucks each).
R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps" books aren't scary, just kind of creepy. There aren't graphic descriptions of murder and mayhem. Just some ghosts, werewolves, or potions. The main character is alive in the end, and the final chapter resolves everything.
**Keep in mind, R.L. Stine has other books that aren't in the "Goosebumps" series that tend to be a little harsher when it comes to hauntings and plot. They are written more for the 12-14 age group and are longer (around 150-200 pages).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 8, 2003
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My book and author were Say Cheese and Die by R.L. Stine. I liked this book because of the mysterious camera. It was cool when the picture comes out and the car looks like it just got in a car crash. Each picture that the camera takes becomes true. Also why was this one camera found in this one room? To find out read this great book. I would recommend this book to a friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 21, 2006
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It's an amazing book. It's about 4 chracters Greg,Shari,Michael,and Bird who took a camera but bad things starts to happen to him after taking the pictures of people. If you wan't to know more, read this book! it's a great book for kids and I will recommend this to anyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy Aldrich on November 19, 2006
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Say Cheese and Die is the fourth book in the Goosebumps series and in this volume we meet four friends who live in Pitts Landing (Greg, Shari, Michael, and Doug) and as we join them they are hanging out in a driveway lamenting how lame (and incredibly boring) Pitts Landing they wander down the street desperately trying to come up with something interesting to do...when they encounter the old Coffman house and decide that the best way to beat the days doldrums is to sneak into to this creepy and abandoned house and have a look around and that's when all the trouble starts.

Down in the basement they discover that Spider (a creepy homeless guy known around town for dressing all in black) is living there and Greg makes an extra special discovery...a hidden cabinet and a camera. When Spider unexpectedly crashes their little adventure the foursome scram out of there with the camera. Greg and gang figure finders-keepers...but there's something not quite right about the camera...every picture that Greg takes with it comes out wrong. It isn't until later that the group begins to discover just exactly how special the camera is and exactly what horrible fate is in store for them as a result of using it. Will they be able to right what is wrong? What will Spider do to them? You'll have to read to find out!

Overall I liked Say Cheese and Die, though it suffers from the same drawbacks that other books in this series suffer. The stories are so short that characterization is all but nonexistent and the build up happens really, really fast. I suppose that this is good, considering the age range for the stories and the ending does have the characteristic twist that Stein seems to strive for in all of his works. I give it a B+.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 12, 2001
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My book is called "Say Cheese and Die" I think the book was pretty good. I liked how the author gave vivid images of the people. Like when he explained them, he never left a single thing out. One other reason was how at the end of every chapter he had a big scene and you couldn't stop, you had to keep reading it was just too tempting to stop! The last reason I liked this book was because it was wrote so even a little kid could read it. The book didnt have long words that small children wouldn't understand.
My absolute favorite part of the book was when Bird ( a character in the book) made fun of the kids. He did that the whole was through the book. He reminded me of some of m friends, how they say stuff to make me or other people mad.
The most vivid pictures that stuck in my mind was how he described the people. He would be like "Greg had long straight red hair with little split ends on each hair" Stuff like that made me remember the book more. The ending also was very vivid. At the end the two bullies get the camera and they take pictures. I could really see some kids doing that.
This book was a very interesting and exciting book, I would recommend it to anyone...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 2001
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Have you ever heard of a camera that can tell the future? Well if you haven’t, you should ask a boy named Greg how that is. One day Greg and his friends, Shari, Michael, and Bird, were fooling around, and wandered to the old Coffman house. This is an old, abandoned, haunted house. Once the four friends get to the house, they realize where they were. They all dared each other to go inside. Strange eyes peer from a high up window, like glowing cat eyes. Those eyes belonged to Spidey, the Coffman House, housekeeper. He watches over the house, and keeps all wanderers away. As the children cautiously enter the house, they soon get lost in the huge, mysterious mansion. As these four, scared, lost friends, walk around, they find themselves lost in the basement. Greg, suddenly falls over this stuck out floorboard. There, they open it, and find and find an old, rustic, camera. They quietly look at it, and then go on, to doing something else. When Mike and the others are all dressed up in the clothes they had found, Mike suggests that Greg take a picture of him. After the photo came out, Mike started down the stairs, to see the picture, and how it turned out. Suddenly, they all see a big mass flying through the air. It’s Mike! How’d this happen, they didn’t know. After Greg, Shari, and Bird helped him up, they all stare at the photo in disbelief. The picture had shown Mike falling from the steps. Mike questioned how the photo came out with him falling, when Greg took the picture before he fell? None of them knew how to respond. They couldn’t believe what they had just seen, and witnessed.
Another day, on Shari’s birthday, she made Greg bring the camera over.
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