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Night of the Living Dummy

by R. L. Stine

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Before Slappy was around, Stine wrote about the evil Mr. Wood in the first Night of the Living Dummy. Everyone forgets about Mr. Wood. His story's forgettable -- his name, too. This first book of the famed Slappy saga is also one of the earliest Goosebumps books to feel lacking in narrative focus: Random things just sort of occur, and red herrings pop up to confuse the reader. Then it's over.

Night of the Living Dummy is about twin sisters Lindy and Kris, and the personal competitions between them. After finding a discarded dummy who Lindy names Slappy, the two girls take up ventriloquism to entertain their classmates and neighbors. Mr. Wood enters the picture as a second dummy meant to appease the twins, who otherwise spend their time fighting over who gets to use Slappy. Things quickly escalate with Mr. Wood, however, as he seems to have a mind of his own, threatening, insulting, and attacking the twins' friends and family under the guise of a ventriloquism act.

Mr. Wood, like Slappy in Night of the Living Dummy II and III, is a ventriloquist's dummy possessed by an evil spirit. Also like Slappy, he's not threatening, and the heroes of the story quickly dispatch him with brute force once he plays his cards and starts making threats. This is how all three Night of the Living Dummy stories progress, and this is the weakest, least-focused of them, with a downright bizarre deus ex machina of an ending.

My personal hypothesis is that Slappy only ever became the icon of Goosebumps (replacing Curly the Skeleton) because of the TV adaptations of the second and third books. (This first story was never adapted, and Mr. Wood subsequently forgotten as a villain.) Both adaptations greatly improved on their lackluster source material, and turned Slappy into a fun villain with a penchant for drama and physical humor.

R.L. Stine's Goosebumps (1992–1997):
#6 Let's Get Invisible! | #8 The Girl Who Cried Monster ( )
1 vote alaskayo | Oct 9, 2016 |
Goosebumps are really fun stories for younger grades like second through fifth, to explore the mystery genre these books are appropriate for younger people while still being interesting enough to keep attention. I like how they are interactive and kids can choose their own endings.
  chelseaandrews | May 6, 2016 |
In this book two unlucky children find a dummy named Slappy. The dummy always wakes up in the middle of the night and always does something bad. One night he chooses to do something extra bad. He makes some slaves... ( )
  JustinM13 | Feb 24, 2016 |
This book is about two girls named Lindy and Kris who are twin sisters. When they were walking by the dumpster, they found a dummy inside it. A dummy is a doll that you can move and make talk like a puppet. Lindy is more curious and takes the dummy which makes Kris jealous. Kris then gets a dummy too. Kris was practicing for the talent show when she found a yellow paper in the dummy's pocket, which she read. Two days later the dummy came alive. What will the dummy do? Will it sneak up on you? Will it scare you? Will it take over the world? I loved the mystery and how the book came to life. My favorite part was when the dummy was screaming from the closet because he wanted to get out. The scariest part for me was when the dummy grabbed the girls' dog and choked it. It reminded me of my dog and it made me scared. If you want to find out what happens with the dog, the dummy, and the girls, you should read this book. ( )
  IsabellaL11 | Feb 21, 2016 |
The Night of the living dummy is about Lindy and Kris, two girls who are twins and found a dummy in a house that is being built. They took the dummy with them and the younger twin Lindy kept it. After awhile Kris got jealous of Lindy being popular with the dummy called Slappy. A couple days later Kris"s mom got her a dummy too. Kris called it Mr. Wood. Lindy then found a little piece of paper and read out some words not knowing what they would do. So in every night the dummies would move and would try to kill each other.

After Kris figured something was happening she and her sister put Mr. Wood in a suit case and buried him because he wanted them to be slaves. Mr. Wood teleported back into their room and the twins threw mr. Wood on the street. He was run over by a car and was obliterated. They headed back inside. Suddenly Slappy grabbed Kris"s hand and says " Is he gone?, I thought he"d never leave."

I thought the book was great it was interesting and i couldn't stop reading! It was a page turner i give it 4 Stars, because it was Good, interesting, and a page turner. I don't like how it is a cliff hanger. Also there is no sequel to this book which is kind of disappointing. ( )
  TristanG.B1 | Jan 7, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0590466178, Paperback)

The author of Welcome to the Dead House and Stay Out of the Basement thrills readers with the story of a ventriloquist's dummy with a mind of its own.

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Lindy finds a ventriloquist's dummy and has fun learning to make him move and talk. Kris is jealous, and decides to get a dummy of her own. Then nasty evil things begin to happen. No way can a dummy be causing all the trouble. Or is there?

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