Monday, August 8, 2016

Review: Revenge of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps HorrorLand #1) by R.L. Stine

24407741Title: Revenge of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps Horrorland #1)
Author: R.L. Stine
Published: Feb. 14, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 144
Genre: Children ages 9 on up
Review: ebook from library
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It's a whole new ride from master of horror and bestselling author R.L. Stine--with a story so fiendish that it can't be contained to just one book!
Britney Crosby thinks her cousin Ethan is pretty weird—and she happens to be right. Ethan won't stop tormenting Britney with an old ventriloquist's dummy. And the puppet has plans for Britney, too!

Next, someone will be offered a vacation at a popular "scream park." An entire week for free? You'd have to be a real dummy to refuse that! But some guests aren't allowed to escape HorrorLand after just six days and seven frights...

So this is our first Horrorland book to read.
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.

R.L. Stine

Robert Lawrence Stine known as R. L. Stine and Jovial Bob Stine, is an American novelist and writer, well known for targeting younger audiences. Stine, who is often called the Stephen King of children's literature, is the author of dozens of popular horror fiction novellas, including the books in the Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room and Fear Street series.
R. L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children's author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented, bestselling Goosebumps® series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. His other major series, Fear Street, has over 80 million copies sold.
Stine has received numerous awards of recognition, including several Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and Disney Adventures Kids' Choice Awards, and he has been selected by kids as one of their favorite authors in the NEA's Read Across America program. He lives in New York, NY.

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