Slappy the Dummy, probably one of the most famous characters to ever come out of the Goosebumps series. If you were a Goosebumps fan in the 90s you probably owned something with his face on it, and since then he has spawned several sequel books to Night of the Living Dummy. I decided to take a look at his very first appearance while I was feeling the Halloween spirit.
Does it live up to the hype and nostalgia? I can say yes. Out of all of the Goosebumps books I have read this year this one has to be the best, if not the best.
To refresh your memory, the book is about a set of twins who are constantly in rivalry with each other. One day one of them finds a ventriloquist dummy in a dumpster, Slappy. She falls in love with the dummy and takes up ventriloquism. This, of course, makes her sister jealous and she ends up getting her own dummy, Mr Wood. Strange things start happening around the house and the twins start wondering if one, or both, of their dummies is actually alive.
This book was a lot of fun. The characters were vibrant, it was well written and it had a great villain. I can see why it stuck in so many people’s minds. I have read a few Goosebumps books this year and a lot of the time the monster doesn’t really stick with you that much. They are a threat but they don’t really have a personality. Slappy does.
Even the usual Goosebumps tropes were done well. The series in general is prone to fake out scares. It is like RL Stine is trying to jump scare you while you read. It doesn’t work, but it might work on small kids. But even this is done really well. It is tropey but it works.
I think if you need a bit of nostalgia this Halloween or you are looking for something to read to kids this October this book NEEDS to be on your list. It is so much fun and has just the right amount of kid friendly horror.