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Who Let the Ghosts Out? (Mostly Ghostly) Library Binding – August 24, 2004

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Mostly Ghostly (Book 1)
  • Library Binding: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (August 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385909136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385909136
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,080,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R.L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children’s author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented, bestselling Goosebumps® series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. His other major series, Fear Street, has over 80 million copies sold.

R.L. Stine has received numerous awards of recognition, including several Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and Disney Adventures Kids’ Choice Awards, and he has been selected by kids as one of their favorite authors in the NEA’s Read Across America program. He lives in New York, NY.

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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...


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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By speed_on_wheelz on February 24, 2006
Format: Library Binding
Max is an 11-year-old boy who is haunted by two ghosts named Nicky and Tara. Nicky and Tara need to find their parents and they want Max to help them. Like Max has enough problems already. His father wants him to go to a boarding school so he'll be more like his older brother Colin, and Max's school crush Traci thinks he's weird. And if that isn't enough, there is an evil ghoul named Phears who wants Nicky and Tara. When Max decides to help, he must go through challenges that, in my opinion, make him a braver person. It also makes him look cool around the kids at school.

I really liked this story. Although I read the second book of this series first ("Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?"), I was able to understand what was going on. I laughed out loud and shivered with fright throughout reading this. I can't wait to start reading the third book.
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Format: Hardcover
Max Doyle hated his life. He didn't have any normal friends, he's teased by the other kids, his big brother is a jerk, and his father wants to send him away to a boarding school where the students are tortured. Just when Max thought things couldn't get any worse, they do. Max is visited by two ghosts--about his age--named Nicky and Tara. They claim to have previously lived in his house, and they'll do anything to find out how they died and where their parents are.

Max tries to ignore the two ghosts--he doesn't want to get involved. But it's impossible to ignore them when they try to help the cute girl at school notice Max. Unfortunately, they end up embarrasing him. But no matter how hard Max wants to get rid of them, he knows that he must help them destroy the evil ghost Phears. Phears knows all the secrets. Now, it's up to Max to destroy Phears and find out the truth!

WHO LET THE GHOSTS OUT? seemed like a pretty weird book. But I picked it up since I'm a fan of R.L. Stine. As I started reading, I excepted everything to be all silly and childish. Boy, was I wrong. This novel is fantastic! It has horror, humor, and even a little romance. I will be looking forward to reading more books in the Mostly Ghostly series, and I recommend that fans of dark comedies do so, too.
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A Kid's Review on April 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
R.L. Stine writes REALLY GOOD, CREEPY, SPINE-TINGLING stories, but this story was just kinda, well, not even scary a bit. The main thing about this book was a comedy book with certain points to laugh at.

It's about a boy named Max Doyle, who is haunted by 2 ghost kids who died. Now Max has to find out a way to save them from an evil ghost named PHEARS. Now Max has also has to save his self.

Good Things:

1. Good Beginning, makes you intrested

2. Good characters, there's the geeky kid, Max Doyle, the two rich kids, Nicky and Tara, and the popular girl, Traci.

3. The perspectives of each characters

Bad Things:

1. The ghost, there's not even scary. There's goofy

2. Max Doyles magic stinks

This book is good to read. Read it, and you might enjoy.
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