Legend of the Lost Legend (Goosebumps #47) Paperback – September 1, 1996
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- Lexile measure : 440L
- Grade level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 4.5 ounces
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0590568841
- ISBN-13 : 978-0590568845
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Scholastic; First Edition (September 1, 1996)
- Reading level : 9 - 12 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #255,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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& it's not that bad. It's a fun setup, hampered by a second act of random events that have nothing to do with the defined setting or story.
The best Goosebumps stories rarely leave suburbia, and for good reason. When we get stories out in the woods, or island jungles, or arctic tundra -- anywhere remotely exotic from the Midwestern United States -- the stories never make any use or even understanding of the settings. This one, set in the forests of the make-believe country of Brovania, is no different.
Siblings Justin and Marissa are on a quest with their father -- a professor who collects and publishes folklore from around the world -- to find the Lost Legend. The story's title refers to stories of a lost folktale, written and buried deep in the area's forests. It's a fun setup, I think, and the first third of the book is solid Goosebumps. The kids get lost following a dog, and stumble upon an unusual woman (dressed as a viking!) who offers them what they seek if they pass a test.
Unfortunately, the test is where the story loses itself. The creepy woods are replaced with papier-mâché models pretending to be a forest (literally: The Fantasy Forest). Native life is replaced by animatronic mice and giant cats. And then the test is over. It doesn't make any sense, nor is it interesting.
The tale concludes with a humorous twist that does the series justice, at least: The Lost Legend of the title isn't quite what the heroes expected -- or wanted. While the story's not as bad as some of the preceding stinkers (I'm looking at you, Beast from the East), it's hurt by the cascade of random events driving the plot, and by not taking advantage of the great setting.
The idea of being eaten alive by a giant cat with a giant, scratchy tongue that likes to play with its food is pretty awful, though.
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