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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Series: Goosebumps Horrorland (Book 18)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545161991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545161992
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
While at Horrorland, Ray Gordon stops by the gift shop The Chiller House. He buys a wooden dummy named Slappy! His brother, Brandon, hates Slappy.

Ray returns home and begins planning his New Years Party that will take place in his basement. His parents promised he could have one as long as he is good to his little brother. However, strange things start happening to his little brother. Is Ray responsible or is Slappy alive?

Yes, the little mischievous Slappy is back. It seems that he cannot be destroyed. Slappy is one of my favorite characters from the Goosebumps series, and I am glad to see him back. The problem with the book is that it has the same basic plotlines from the previous Slappy books. Slappy use to be scary, but now he is a silly character that plays pranks on the kids. It is not the best book in the series, but it is still enjoyable to read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By VA Mom on November 13, 2011
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My son went through a phase where he read all of these books during his required 15 minute reading every day. He is not a reader and would rather do anything else, but this series held his interest long enough for him to fulfill his homework assignment for school. It helped that this series was a hit in his 3rd grade class amongst the boys, and he would trade them with his friends. The cover on these books always appeared scarier and much worse than what is actually written. My son was never scared about the content but was engaged in reading. I'd recommend these books for reluctant readers who are moving beyond picture books and into simple chapter books. I think ages 7-9 is the target audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle W. on January 5, 2011
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I bought this book along with other Slappy books and even a Slappy ventriloquist doll.... She loved it and has read it twice! =)
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By Mary Burton on July 7, 2014
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My son loved it
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By Pinkprincess101 on October 6, 2013
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Hello guys so this book is mainly about a boy named ray Gordon and his brother Brandon they were invited to go to horrorland and thn they went to jonathon chillers gift shop and then ray see this dummy and jonathon told him about the legend if tht when you said the magic words the dummy will come to life of course ray I'd not believe that and his brother say no ray please don buy that and ray told him that you are such a scaredy cat .but ray bought it anyway then jonathon put it to come with the little horror and say bring a little horror home ith u when ray said Ho much will it costs jonathon say u can pay me next time when ray get home he read the word out loud of course he was kinda nervous but then bad mean spirited things keep happening to ray and his brother Brandon and slappy seem to be around for it then his parent keep blaming it on him one day they have enough f everything and told ray he couldn't have his new year party he nd his friends was really looking to this new year party the he tied to work hard and convinced his parents that he wouldn't get into trouble anymore the his parent let him but then slappy ruin everything again then later he realized that jonathon had said bring a little horror home with u when Ryan touch the horror i make him g back to horrorland he guessed that kpjonathon is making him pay now. I hope u guys enjoy my review about ths book i will try to get more review in please rate or me.
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