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Little Shop of Hamsters (Goosebumps, Horror Land #14) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2010
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With this book's setting of an after-school job at a local shop, fans of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series will get a dose of economics together with the suspense they have come to expect from this popular series.
"Little Shop of Hamsters" will make every kid think twice about getting a hamster for a pet. The cover is a little frightening, and kids will love it. Once again, the story ends in a cliffhanger that will be resolved later on in the series.
I never understood why anyone in their right mind would visit a place called Horrorland. I have to say, the "shrimp" that burrowed into Sam's skin was gross! I would had left at that point! If you ask me, staying at that place and buying thing from there is just asking for trouble!
Sam was a decent character, he was always put in really bad situations and I felt bad for him. His parents never believed him and blamed him for everything, even things that were clearly not his doing and his younger brother (who got away with everything) annoyed the crap out of me. His friend Lexi also annoyed the crap out of me. Every time she "helped" she just ended up making the situation a million times worse! And where does she keep coming from?! I mean, seriously!
And like all Goosebump books (from what I remember) they had a weird twist in the end!
This series of HorrorLand books reminds me a lot of Stephen King’s Needful Things. With each souvenir from Chiller’s gift shop, the kids in the books pay a terrible price that only gets worse as they try to fix the wrongs they have committed in the pursuit of happiness.
This book is cute and perilous, and taught my daughter that responsibility must come before one can take care of another living creature.
When Sam Waters and Lexie Blake hit the store, Sam is suffering from pet anxiety --- as in, he doesn't have a pet and his mom and dad won't let him get one. So he buys an Insta-Gro animal from the Horrorland shop and takes it home. His parents aren't too sure about this unusual purchase, but to help them see him as responsible, Sam takes a job in a hamster-only pet store. These, however, are not your typical garden-variety hamsters; in reality, they are very strange and unbecoming little MONSTERS. And now Sam is waging a personal war against the hamsters.
How does this tie in to the HorrorLand souvenir he brought back home? You'll have to read to find out. The craziness of Jonathan Chiller's shop is neverending!
The hamsters eat candy and then turn into candy-gobbling freak animals. And they attack Sam, too. So while he's putting in his hours, improving his reputation with his dad, he's also battling a growing army of freakish hamster horrors. If you don't like the idea of little animals crawling all over you, biting and scratching, then you might find this book a little on the disgusting side. But in a good way.
Like all good Goosebumps titles, there is no way to escape the horrible repercussions of a visit to HorrorLand's gift shop. R.L. Stine's franchise is alive and well, and just as skin-crawling as ever with LITTLE SHOP OF HAMSTERS. Read at your own risk!
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kids loved this story! another great goosebumps book! definitely worth the price!Published 4 days ago by Leroy Lau
It is a great book about a girl who got some things from horrorland theme park. She got a nod as a hamster seller. I suggest it for kids who enjoy scary fun and funny books.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Scared my 7 year old just enough to be fun, but not enough for her to sleep in my bed till she's 20.Published 8 months ago by Nicole