Monday, 12 October 2015

Review - Goosebumps Most Wanted: Night of the Puppet People

Goosebumps Most Wanted: Night of the Puppet People
by R.L. Stine
Publisher: Scholastic
Pub. Date: September 29, 2015
ISBN: 978-0545627757
Pages: 153 pages

Buy Link: Amazon


I'm sure many people have fond memories of reading the Goosebumps the series throughout the 90s as well as the new generation of kids with the spinoffs Horrorland, Halls of Horrors and Most Wanted. I've been a fan since the first book, Welcome to Dead House, was released in 1992. It' sold over 350 million books worldwide in 32 languages and I'm sure with the feature film being released this Friday that it will become even more popular.

Over the last year or so, I've been reviewing the newest additions to the franchise, which I received my review copies directly from Scholastic. Unfortunately, I didn't receive a review copy of Goosebumps Most Wanted: Night of the Puppet People, but I wanted to feature a post about the title during the Halloween Madness event. Therefore, I ordered the book from Amazon and I received it on the release date.

This time around R.L. Stine adds a twisted spin on the world of puppetry. The story centers Ben and Jenny Renfro, sixth-grade twins whom have always feared puppets ever since they attended a puppet show in Kindergarten. With the Sixth-Grade Variety Show fast approaching, the twins want to come up with the perfect skit, so they can win the $500 prize and outshine Maria and Anna, two classmates that are going to make their own puppets and perform an act during the show.

Having no idea what to do, the twins turn to their pal Jonathan Sparrow (or otherwise known as Bird) to help them come up with the perfect skit. While searching Bird's attic for costumes to wear, they discover three old puppets on strings - a princess, a knight and a sultan. Though Ben is at first against it, Jenny convinces him that putting on a puppet show is the perfect way to win the variety show.

Everything seemed to be going smoothly, well, until the twins are called into the principle's office as someone or something destroyed Maria and Anna's puppets. Who would do such a thing? It doesn't take the twins long to figure out there is something evil lurking around and they might be the next victims.

Old wooden puppets have always given me the creeps, so I instantly felt sorry for the Ben and Jenny in this fast-paced Goosebumps book. R.L. Stine knows how to pull the strings (no pun intended) to craft a spooky story. After a short prologue, he wastes no time introducing us the young heroes of this title. While there are a few predictable moments here and there, it doesn't affect the overall plot. Overall, Goosebumps Most Wanted: Night of the Puppet People is an exciting and frightening tale that should satisfy all Goosebumps readers.

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