Thursday, January 6, 2022

[Review] - Goosebumps SlappyWorld: Judy and the Beast by R.L. Stine

The Goosebumps franchise will be turning the big 30 this year. So, in other words, I've been reading R.L. Stine's scary tales for over thirty years.  Yes, I feel old just writing that. 

Scholastic published on Goosebumps SlappyWorld: Judy and the Beast on September 7, 2021 (a.k.a. my 40th birthday). The story centers around twelve-year-old Judy Glassman, who lives with her brother, Ira, and their father, Noah, in Sulphur Falls, Wyoming. It's a small ski town at the bottom of Black Rock Mountain. Every winter, as far as she can remember, Noah travels to the Grendel mansion located on the mountaintop to make some extra cash as a handyman. Ira accompanies him while Judy stays behind. Well, that's changing this year because Judy convinces them to let her come.

Every small town has rumors, and Sulphur Falls is no expectation. Judy has heard whispers (otherwise known as rumors) about the Beast of Evil Rock, a half-human creature that roams near the mountaintop. Hey, it's only a rumor. Right?  

Final Thoughts

I had received a review copy a little later than excepted. So, I first read Judy and the Beast sometime in mid to later November. Then the holidays hit, and I haven't had time to write a review for it. To refresh my memory, I read the book this morning.  

Obviously, by the title alone, the fifteenth SlappyWorld book has a Beauty and the Beast theme to it. Instead of Belle, the female protagonist is Judy. And for the beast - well, I don't want to spoil the big twist, so I'm not going to give away the beast's identity.  

Typically, Goosebumps tales have a Twilight Zone feel, but that's not the case with Judy and the Beast. Instead, it has a more of a Gothic vibe to it, especially with the atmosphere. The characters are the standard two-dimensional ones that appear in every Goosebumps story. Usually, the protagonist will either have a younger brother or sister. This time there's an older brother, and he has a bit more than do with the plot. Even the father has a significant role to play in the story.

Overall, Goosebumps: Slappyworld: Judy and the Beast is a creepy, spine-tingling read that young (or old) readers are sure to enjoy.


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