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on July 12, 2009
The first Night of the Living Dummy is one of the best entries in the Goosebumps canon, a genuinely creepy horror novella that Stine has rarely matched. Night of the Living Dummy II was a solid follow-up, introducing a new twist to the dummy story and even adding an extra bit of creepiness. However, just nine months after the second installment, Stine returns to the Dummy well, and finds it a bit dry this time around.
There really isn't much to say about this one that wasn't said about the first two books. The book has the same exact set up and plot twists as its predecessors, the same "the dummy's alive but then it's a prank but oh wait, the dummy really IS alive" story arc, with the added conceit of (wait for it)... extra dummies! Yeah, the epitome of creepiness and creativity is adding more dummies, not giving the already-existing dummy (Slappy) something interesting and original to do. (This isn't even to mention the presence of the same exact "Dummy on the kitchen table" scene as the first two books.) The book does have a nice twist ending which I quite like, but otherwise it's just more of the same.
What more can be said about this book? As the saying goes, it's done well, but one is disappointed to see it done at all.