It just wouldn’t be Halloween month without a book by R. L. Stine. My daughter got me hooked on these when she was a kid. I think Stine is great and I’ve always been angered by the fact that some educators have criticized him because of his subject matter. Stine makes reading fun for kids so teachers take note – your students aren’t stupid so stop treating them as if they are. Kids know this stuff is all in fun. Anyway, I haven’t read any of Stine’s Goosebumps books in years so I went out and bought his latest. He still has that magic touch. Planet of the Lawn Gnomes is a typically breezy, suspenseful tale. Troublemaker Jay Gardner, age 12, moves into a new town where he notices a preponderance of lawn gnomes. Jay is full of mischief and keeps getting into trouble – he’s a bit of a prankster – but very soon he learns that there is something really scary about these lawn gnomes – really scary and really nasty! And the twist ending is awesome! Yikes! Stine’s Goosebumps series is marketed to young readers between the ages of 8 and 13 and have remained popular since their first appearance in 1992. I think these books are great. Goosebumps guaranteed!
BONUS BOOK! The Five Masks of Dr. Screem by R. L. Stine
To celebrate Halloween here’s the scoop on another Stine book. Monica Anderson and her brother meet a creepy old woman who needs their help. Dr. Screem is after five masks owned by the old woman – masks that hold a special power. When the masks are stolen Monica and her brother Peter need to find them – or else! You’ll get goosebumps from every page!