Sunday, March 15, 2015

Review - Goosebumps Most Wanted: A Nightmare On Clown Street

It's almost hard to believe that first Goosebumps book was released back in 1992, way back when I was an eleven-year-old. After countless books, spinoffs, a television series and merchandise, the franchise is still as big as ever with this autumn's feature film release starring Jack Black. Until then fans can grab their hands on the newest book - Goosebumps Most Wanted: A Nightmare On Clown Street.

A Nightmare on Clown Street centers on a twelve-year-old named Ray Gordon, who is obsessed on becoming a clown like his Uncle Theo. Out of nowhere, he receives an invitation from his uncle to attend the Koko's Klown Academy, a traveling clown school. After convincing his parents that he is old enough to attend the school, he hops on a bus and travels to Jacksonville.

Uncle Theo meets Ray at the bus station, fully dressed in his clown costume (Murder the Clown), so he is barely recognizable. Upon arriving at the academy, somebody throws a knife at Ray. At first Ray thought it was just a joke, but after hearing several warnings about staying away from Clown Street, he starts to believe that there might be something wrong with the academy, especially when he starts to notice that there is something a bit off about his uncle.

Many kids are deeply afraid of clowns and I was one of them during my childhood; mostly due to the fact that the Stephen King's It mini-series scared me to death. R.L. Stine is definitely aware of kids' fear of clowns, which is probably the main reason why he gave the 7th installment of the Goosebumps Most Wanted series the title A Nightmare On Clown Street, which is also a homage to the classic Wes Craven horror-film A Nightmare On Elm Street. With a freaky cover-art and a plot involving clowns, this newest entry in the series is going to grab the attention of young readers instantly. Overall, Goosebumps Most Wanted: A Nightmare On Clown Street is fast-paced and well-written children book with plenty of twists & turns around every chapter to keep you turning the pages.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

R.L. Stine's has more than 350 million English language books in print, plus international editions in 32 languages, making him one of the most popular children's authors in history. Besides Goosebumps, R.L. Stine has written series including: Fear Street, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Dangerous Girls. R.L. Stine lives in New York with his wife, Jane, and his King Charles spaniel, Minnie.

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