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Jun 25 2013

Son of Slappy by R. L. Stine

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Goosebumps Most Wanted series, bk 2, Scholastic, 2013.ISBN: 9780545417990. 134 p. Paperback.
(Age: 8-11) Subjects: Ventriloquism, Puppets and puppets shows, Horror stories. Written from twelve year old Jackson Stander's point of view, the reader soon develops an understanding of how perfect he is, he always does his homework, never gets into any trouble and doesn't lie. Rachel his sister, sarcastically calls him Robot, he's such a goodie-goodie. Life changes dramatically when the children are sent to Grandpa Whitman's for spring break. Grandpa is a collector of scary items, including a room of ventriloquist dummies, Edgar the frightening butler warns them to stay away from one named Slappy. Of course this Goosebumps book follows Stine's usual horror formula, the wicked doll Slappy is slipped in Jason's suitcase by the evil Edgar. On returning home things rapidly fall apart when Rachel invokes an evil charm and Jason turns into the Son of Slappy, creating havoc at home, school and the Youth Center.
R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series have been favourites since the first book was published in 1992. Slappy the Dummy is one of the series' most popular villains. This book is suitable for fans from 8-11 years of age.
Rhyllis Bignell

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