Happy Thursday! I bring you a TBT from the scarer of 90s children, R.L. Stine. I went to a book signing of his once and he’s just as creepy in real life as you think he would be.
Title: Night of the Living Dummy // R.L. Stine, published 1993
Memories: I loved Goosebumps and Fear Street as a kid. I thought the books were scary and they featured kids my age, and they drew on this weird love I had of ghost-y things. Night of the Living Dummy is a memorable book because I collected porcelain dolls for a while and was intrigued and terrified of the idea that dolls came to life. I remember thinking Slappy was delightfully weird and, of course, gets put back in his place at the end.
Thoughts as an adult: Oh lordy. This was terrible. None of the characters were likable, the writing style is so juvenile, and there was a ton of build up before any real action happened. I can see why I enjoyed this book as a child…but I won’t be picking up more Goosebumps.
Does it hold up? Nope. This is definitely a book written for pre-teens. I do not recommend picking Night of the Living Dummy or other Goosebumps books up if you are over the age of 14.
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Until next time, happy reading!