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Bad Hare Day(Goosebumps #41) by R. L. Stine

Bad Hare Day(Goosebumps #41) (original 1996; edition 2004)

by R. L. Stine

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Title:Bad Hare Day(Goosebumps #41)
Authors:R. L. Stine
Info:Scholastic Inc. (2004), Edition: New Ed, Mass Market Paperback, 144 pages
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Bad Hare Day by R. L. Stine (1996)



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## That's no Easter bunny!

The premise to Bad Hare Day isn't interesting. Tim Swanson, an amateur magician, lives by his magic trick -- he's obsessed with impressing his classmates with a small routines. He hopes to one day follow in the footsteps of his hero, Amaz-O. Amaz-O, on break from his TV celebrity routine, is putting on a late-night show at the local magician's theater. Tim and his sister, Ginny, don't have any choice but to sneak out and catch the performance. Things aren't what they seem -- of course! -- with Amaz-O's performance, and Tim finds himself stealing away the magician's bag of tricks for his own purposes. The magic, however, is much too strong, and too real, for Tim to control.

[N.B. This review includes images, and was formatted for my site, dendrobibliography -- located here.]

There's also a talking bunny.

The characterization of Tim and Ginny is really fun. They banter and joke, pretend to fight, but ultimately care for one another. Ginny, a budding student of karate, also issues out many much-needed chops and kicks to any deserving individuals or objects. Their parents are occasionally present to crack jokes about their soul-sucking jobs and overall misery.

Otherwise, the best friend, Foz, lacks a presence worth describing. The story itself is oddly paced -- the first of thirty chapters is overlong; 1/10th of the book. Tim's adventure doesn't event start until just over half-way through, which will lead to a lot of bored readers. It then rushes towards a humorous twist ending.

Yet it's just not interesting. Magic tricks are a pretty niche, unsocial thing to obsess over, so Tim's interests won't connect with a lot of readers.

I did enjoy the banter, though, and there are a number of genuinely funny moments in it. The small moments aren't enough, though, to help the lack of both scares and story.

R.L. Stine's Goosebumps (1992–1997):
#40 Night of the Living Dummy III | #42 Egg Monsters from Mars ( )
2 vote alaskayo | Aug 14, 2016 |
Rated for a children's book level

This is an adorable Goosebumps book, never lags in its plotline, hilarious in certain areas, just that right touch of magic/intrigue. The end is a surprising irony that works. What is it with Stine and making the worst, most loathsome sister characters for these poor kids? They're all such brats that you wish something would happen to them. And why are the parents always on the bratty sister's sides? At least the parents were funny in this book because they both just groaned and moaned about how much they hated their jobs. The sister, Ginny, was funny turned into a rabbit - especially since she took her annoying karate antics to the animal form. What I wonder is, why blame the brother when she's the stupid one who ate the carrot? Either way, it's a fun Goosebumps book that kids who like this kind of thing should totally dig. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
Goosebumps. This is the series that kept me reading through my childhood. More than any other series, Goosebumps kept me interested in reading, and R.L. Stein is a wonderful children's writer. I applaud his efforts, and can't express enough my gratitude for the series. ( )
  wodenthewanderer | Apr 2, 2013 |
This is an example of why I got tired of Goosebumps- no ghost story here- just cheesy paranormal. Tim is a kid obsessed with magic, who steals a magic kit of his favorite magician when he's ignored. The magician's kit is a little too real, and so is the magic- especially when Tim is turned into a rabbit to replace the magician. ( )
  t1bclasslibrary | Nov 17, 2007 |
A boy terns his in to a rabbit and they chrie to tern her back ( )
  evil1000 | Nov 15, 2007 |
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When Tim Swanson discovers his favorite magician is a total grump, he steals his bag of secret, scary tricks.

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