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Revenge of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps HorrorLand, No. 1) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2008
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You know I don't think K truly enjoyed this book as much as I thought he would and I think that is because it was an ebook and not an actually paperback.
We get introduced to Brittany and her cousin Ethan and of course his ventriloquist dummy.
Brittany can not stand her cousin of course and I can understand why. It seems that no matter what Ethan does to Brittany her parents are always blaming her or telling her to behave.
Ethan's dummy is called Mr. Badboy and he is super annoying. He likes to be mean and do things that are not so nice. So Brittany takes it upon herself to put an end to this dummy. When she finds out it could be a dummy that has come to life she is determined to put him back to sleep. Who does that sound like? Though what happens when she wakes him up instead of putting him to sleep? Will Brittany become his slave?
Now after we finish with Brittany and Mr. Badboy we jump into Horrorland. Horrorland doesn't seem to be a place you really want to be at though Brittany and her best friend Molly are special guest of this place. When we were in Horrorland I kind of was wondering about Ethan where was he during this time as I assumed he was going to be staying with Brittany and her parents for a while. Any who we get to see just how crazy and an attempt at scary this place really is. You have eyeball ice cream, masks that look like actually kids, though who is behind it all? When Brittany and Molly can not find the parents that is when you really ask yourself what is going, and why does Brittany need to find the other park?
When K found out who Mr. Badboy really was and then we started reading Horrorland he started perking up a bit and wanted to read more. He had questions how the dummy played a roll in it all. He is already requesting me to find the next book so we can read it.
Being a big fan of R.L. Stine I have to say this book didn't have the scary factor for me it seemed to fall a little short. I guess because Mr. Badboy was just annoying though I have to say I was more interested in the shrunken head that Molly has at her house.
I think the kids that can read decent chapter books would enjoy this one as it wasn't too scary.
It's then that Britney's father arrives home from the airport with Ethan. At that momment it's reveled that Ethan has a new hobby and a new best friend named Mr. Badboy, but the readers know Ethan's new best friend as Slappy. Upon first meeting Mr. Badboy (Slappy), Britney is sitting in the livingroom armchair and when Ethan comes over to her with Mr. Badboy (Slappy) she greets them in a friendly way but, Mr. Badboy punches her hard in the forehead. This causes Britney's parents to rush over and check on her. However, Ethan never gets in trouble for Mr. Badboy's action becuase Britney's parents as mentioned before feel very sorry for him. This greatly annoys Britney,who then gets invited to go over her best friend Molly's house to see what Molly's world explorer father has brought home this time. Britney is happy about this until she is made to take Ethan. At first she protests, but eventually goes along with it. Besides it's then made known to the readers that Molly hates Ethan too because she's seen a lot of the curelty and pain that he's put Britney through in the past and has even suffered some of it herself.
At the Molloy house, it's explained Mr. Molloy has different fasinations. Two of which are strange foreign objects and dummies. Mr.Molloy shows Britney, Ethan, Molly and Mr. Badboy his newest item that he got in his latest adventure, a mind stealer doll. Mr. Molloy tells the children that the doll is believed to have magical powers. These powers once activated can steal a person's mind and completly leave them mindless. All someone has to do is touch the mind stealers head. The doll will then let out a loud and terrible sound and then that person's mind will be gone for good. In order to keep the kids safe, Mr. Molloy has the doll in a triple glass case. After learning about Mr. Molloy's newest addition to his large and strange collection, he shows a brief interest in Mr. Badboy. He even says that the dummy looks very familiar to him, but he can't quite put his finger on why. A bit later Molly reveals that her dad was at one point into ventriloqusm and that he used to have cards telling a person about an exact dummy. After visiting with Molly and her dad, Mr. Badboy, Britney and Ethan all go home and eat dinner.
Ethan's visit with Britney doesn't go well over the next few days mainly because Britney does somethings to upset Mr.Badboy(Slappy) which lead her into eiather getting in trouble or seriously getting hurt. This inculdes a scene at an elderly group home where things go from good to horrible once Slappy and Ethan get on the stage. After a while Briteny decides to put a stop to Mr.Badboy's naughty behavior and Molly helps her learn more about the dummy through the use of her dad's information. They then learn that the dummy's real name is Slappy and go back to Britney's house to put him back to sleep. However, instead of putting Slappy back to sleep, they awaken him and all hell really breaks lose.
Slappy, at this point has learned from over hearing a conversation between Ethan and Britney's dad that Britney and Molly buried the doll in the graveyard. So, he wakes Britney up in the middle of the night and tells her to go get it. Britney however, stands-up to him and refuses to do it. At that point Slappy decides that he can't wait for that power and that he doesn't want to deal with Britney's disobedient attitude. So, he goes to get it himself, but not before promising Britney that she'll be his first victim and that she will be his most perfect slave. In the end Britney ends up stopping Slappy and later gets a ticket to Horrorland. The crazniess only gets stranger from there.
A very good read for readers nine and older. On a number rating scale with one as the worest and ten as the best, this book would easily be a seven and a half (for this reader at least). On a letter grade scale (for this reader at least) it teeters between a "C+(78)" and an "B-(83)" becuase it's not as good as the first dummy book or as some of the other Slappy books, but it still has a great, dark and scary-thrilling atmosphere. Slappy hasn't changed or wavered in his character and having a character like Britney actually enjoy some of his really rude jokes was refreshing. However, the book is to an extant debatable as to weather or not Slappy is causing the mischief at the start of the book mainly becuase there are points about the character and in his history that could argue for eiather side. Despite all of this, it's an enjoyable read that kids will enjoy. Recommanded for ages nine and up.
Gretchen and Clark are baffled by the way their grandparents live, and by the odd behaviors they exhibit. They're both constantly cooking impossibly large portions and sneaking the plates off to a locked room of the 'castle.' The siblings investigate and, sure enough, find a verifiable swamp monster trapped in part of the house.
In a shocking display of poor -- bizarre -- parenting, the grandparents lock the siblings in with the monster and leave, asserting that the kids must either prevent the monster from getting out, or find a way to kill it.
## "'We know it's unfair to run off now. But we're just going for help. We'll be back -- as soon as we can find someone. Someone who knows what to do with this horrible beast.
## "'Sorry, kids. We really are -- but we had to bolt you inside the house. To make sure you didn't wander into the swamp by yourselves. It's not safe out there.'"
## Were they for real?
It's a plain entry, repeating too many beats from earlier stories. I did like that the siblings were not biological siblings, even if it didn't affect the plot -- R.L. Stine's families typically stick to stereotypes of the American ideal. Other than that, it's a mildly enjoyable diversion compared to the better Goosebumps stories, but I can't recommend it.
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