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The Girl (age 10) read Slappy New Year!, book 18 in R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps HorrorLand series, at the end of 2010, but things have been so hectic, we’re just getting around to this post.  She wanted me to ask her some questions about the book to help refresh her memory.

Slappy New Year! isn’t the first book you’ve read about the wooden dummy, Slappy.  What do you find so fascinating about him, given that he’s extremely creepy?

The comments he makes are really funny.  Here’ s one from this book:

I’ll tell you what’s funny, Jumbo,” Slappy rasped.  “You’re trying to lift yourself out of a chair.  It’s like the Goodyear BLIMP going up!

The dummy tossed back its head and let out a long, ugly laugh.

“Ray — stop it!” Mom cried.  “Why are you saying those awful things?”

“Apologize to Daniel!” Dad said.

I’m sorry you’re such a fat, disgusting cow!” Slappy exclaimed.  (page 90)

I know those aren’t nice things to say to people, but I think it’s funny that a stupid, wooden dummy is saying these things.

Can you tell us what Slappy New Year! is about in just a few sentences?

The main character, Ray, gets Slappy at a store in HorrorLand. He gets in a lot of trouble because Slappy comes to life after Ray reads the special words, and Slappy breaks things, makes a mess, and says mean things that Ray is blamed for.  Ray wants to throw a New Year’s Eve party, but his parents say he has to be nice to his brother.  Slappy makes the whole situation hard for him.

Did you think the book was scary or creepy?

No.  It was funny and sometimes hilarious.

Who was your favorite character?

Slappy because he’s funny.  I didn’t like Ray very much.  I thought he was annoying.

Did you like this book?  Was it your favorite of the books about Slappy?

Yes, I liked the book because it made me laugh, and it gave me something to do when I was bored in the morning at day care over winter break.  It wasn’t my favorite Slappy book.  My favorite so far is Night of the Living Dummy.

You have a huge collection of Goosebumps books.  In fact, they take up an entire shelf in my bookcase.  What do you like about this series?

I find them entertaining.  Some are creepy and some are funny, and those are the kind of books I like.

Do you enjoy them more after meeting R.L. Stine last year at Book Expo America?

Totally!  It was a neat experience.  He hugged me and complimented my hat, and now I always wear it.

Any last words?

I want to say, “Hello, peeps!” to your readers.  Thank you for reading my reviews.  🙂  I’m going to go read now.

Well, there you have it.  Hopefully The Girl will share her thoughts here more often.  Lately, she starts a new book almost every day…she loves the thrill of a new book.  We’ll see when she actually finishes one.

Disclosure: We received a copy of Slappy New Year! from Scholastic for review purposes. I am an Amazon associate.

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