Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Summer Review: Goosebumps Slappyworld: Please Do Not Feed the Weirdo

Scholastic; 152 pages; $7.99; Amazon

It's a great year to be a Goosebumps fan, as there will be a new movie, titled Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween, being released to theaters in October. Until then, you can by your time by reading the new installments of the Goosebumps Slappyworld series.

Early this year, Scholastic released Goosebumps Slappyworld: Please Do Not Feed The Weirdo by R.L. Stine, which is the 4th entry in the spinoff book series. Unlike the previous spinoffs, this one is hosted by the ventriloquist dummy named Slappy, who's the most popular antagonist of the Goosebumps franchise.

"Please Don't Feed The Weirdo" centers on a Jordan Keppler, a twelve-year-old who finds himself visiting Carnival World along with his young sister, Karla, and their parents. Most kids would be excited to visit a carnival, but not Jordan, as he has a fear of scary rides. Nevertheless, Jordan accompanies his sister on the Tunnel of Fear ride, which will change their lives forever.

How exactly do their lives change?

Well, while getting stuck inside the Tunnel of Fear ride, they come across a boy named Robby, who was locked inside a cage. Ignoring the warning sign "Please Do Not Feed The Weirdo," Jordan and Karla feed the boy, which turns him into a monster, who just won't go away.

Final Thoughts

Wow! This year is going by really fast. It seems like it was just yesterday that I had received a review copy for Goosebumps Slappyworld: Please Do Not Feed the Weirdo; when actually, it was several months ago. My original intention was to post this review back in March, but due to personal issues, I haven't had very much free time to write a review. Therefore, I had to reread the book over the weekend, so I can have the story fresh in my mind for today.

Besides from the intro and side-intros from character Slappy, the majority of the book surrounds around a twelve-year-old named Jordan Keppler and his younger sister Karla, who are trying to escape from a Robby, a boy who turns into a creature after he eats something. Sounds familiar? Well, at least to me it does. It sounds like the plot of Gremlins, only it involves a boy instead of a mogwai.

Unlike the Goosebumps books from the 1990s, Please Do Not Feed the Weirdo drops the horror feel and goes more for a comedy; though there are still a few scares here and there.

Overall, Goosebumps Slappyworld: Please Do Not Feed the Weirdo is an entertaining entry in the long-running children book franchise. It's not my favorite book from the Slappyworld spinoff, but I still enjoyed reading it.

*Keep an eye out on book five of the series, Escape From Shudder Mansion, which is being released this month.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

R.L. Stine's books are read all over the world. So far, his books have sold more than 300 million copies, making him one of the most popular children's authors in history. Besides Goosebumps, R.L. Stine has written the teen series Fear Street and the funny series Rotten School, as well as the Mostly Ghostly series, The Nightmare Room series, and the two-book thriller Dangerous Girls. R.L. Stine lives in New York with his wife, Jane, and Minnie, his King Charles spaniel. You can learn more about him at www.RLStine.com.

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