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Night of the Living Dummy by R. L. Stine

Night of the Living Dummy

by R. L. Stine

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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 |
Kris and Lindy Powell are twin sisters. They share not only their birthday, but also their room, their clothes--just about everything. It's a blessing and a curse--they're very close, but they can really irritate each other, too.

One day, when looking around next door, where a house is being build, Lindy finds a ventriloquist's dummy among the garbage, and names it Slappy. As she practices and gets skilled with the dummy, Kris becomes jealous, wanting her own dummy. Their father finds one at a pawn show, very cheap--the owner of the shop seemed to be glad to be rid of it. Kris names her dummy Mr. Wood, and sets to practicing.

However, strange things start to happen with the dummies. They seem to be moving around when no one is looking, fighting with each other. When Lindy tries to demonstrate to Kris how to move Mr. Wood, the dummy says cruel things, and Lindy claims that she isn't doing it--that the dummy is speaking for himself. Is it all just a practical joke? Or could Mr. Wood be... alive?

The seventh book in R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series, Night of the Living Dummy explores the classic 'evil dummy' story. It's undoubtedly one of the most famous Goosebumps books, though, for my money, the best ventriloquist and evil dummy are Batman's Arnold Wesker and Scarface.

(Spoilers removed. The full review, including spoilers, is available here.)

Night of the Living Dummy isn't bad, but it's got poor characterization, even for a Goosebumps book. The story's okay, though, and as usual it's a quick read. It's probably worth reading once, or rereading for the sake of nostalgia. It's available for the Kindle as Classic Goosebumps #1, so those who want Goosebumps ebooks can pick it up that way, or else get one of the abundant used copies--the world is fairly drowning in used Goosebumps books. ( )
  Sopoforic | Feb 6, 2014 |
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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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