My Hairiest Adventure (Goosebumps) Paperback – August 1, 1995
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- Lexile measure : 530L
- Grade level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 3.2 ounces
- Paperback : 122 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0590483501
- ISBN-13 : 978-0590483506
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 7.5 inches
- Publisher : Apple (August 1, 1995)
- Reading level : 9 - 12 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #566,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's not a bad yarn by any means -- it's just...uninteresting. 'Hairy' Larry, our protagonist, is uninteresting. His friends and their band are uninteresting. The antagonists, a rival band, are uninteresting. The light-hearted mystery around Larry growing thick, black, greasy hair in unusual places is -- you guessed it -- uninteresting.
Stine's usual stories are surface-level spooks and jokes meant to connect with kids and keep them turning the pages -- this, however, may deserve some credit for branching out a bit to craft a metaphor around puberty and the awful, awful changes that brings. Maybe.
It's a decent, silly story to pass the time, but there are so many better Goosebumps adventures to pick from, whether you want spooky horror (Ghost Beach), or you're more craving R.L. Stine's silly sense of humor (Go Eat Worms!). The problems lie not just in how boring the entire concept is, but that the ending is telegraphed a bit too obviously early on with the neighborhood dogs, and Larry's fixation on a can of tanning lotion is too obviously a red herring. Not one of the better Goosebumps entries, and likely out of print for a reason.
(I still loved it....)
## "Do you think the stuff works?" Jared asked, adjusting his cap and staring at the bottle.
## "It has to," Lily said. "They couldn't sell it if it didn't work."
I was addicted to these books when I was younger and it wasn't until I was majoring in education in college that I figured out why. They were interesting with bizarre plot twists that most 9-12 year olds don't think about and they were short (usually between 110-130 pages). I could read the whole thing in a day.
My parents also didn't have a lot of heartache with buying me a new book because these are relatively inexpensive (in the neighborhood of 3-5 bucks each).
R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps" books aren't scary, just kind of creepy. There aren't graphic descriptions of murder and mayhem. Just some ghosts, werewolves, or potions. The main character is alive in the end, and the final chapter resolves everything.
**Keep in mind, R.L. Stine has other books that aren't in the "Goosebumps" series that tend to be a little harsher when it comes to hauntings and plot. They are written more for the 12-14 age group and are longer (around 150-200 pages).