Stay Out of the Basement (Goosebumps, #2)
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Stay Out of the Basement (Goosebumps #2)

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Dr. Brewer is doing a little plant-testing in his basement. Nothing to worry about. Harmless, really.

But Margaret and Casey Brewer are worried about their father. Especially when they... meet... some of the plants he is growing down there.

Then they notice that their father is developing plantlike tendencies. In fact, he is becoming distinctly weedy- and seedy. Is it just p...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published July 1992 by Scholastic Inc. (first published 1992)
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Carmen
May 24, 2014 Carmen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children; Parents
Shelves: children, fiction, horror
What if a loved one began acting strangely? Quite unlike their normal self? At first you think they are just stressed, or perhaps you worry that they are sick. Until some strange things start happening. Things that make you question if your loved one is even really the person they seem to be.

Margaret Brewer and her younger brother Casey live in sunny California. They're spending their days going to school, playing with friends, and teasing each other. But then their father, the botanist Dr. Brew...more
Javi
La verdad es que el libro es un pelín «rarito». No me ha defraudado, porque empecé a leerlo ya que era el próximo que tocaba para seguir el orden de la colección, pero no tenía pinta de que fuera a gustarme tanto como los anteriores. Sobre todo algunos. No está mal, pero de no ser que estés siguiendo la colección por orden como yo, te aconsejo que pases a otro número porque lo encuentro demasiado infantil. Y por supuesto: nada de miedo en ningún momento; ni similar.
Melwyn
The book I am reviewing name is Goosebumps Stay out of the basement by RL Stines. It is a science fiction book. My thinking is the books theme is that never listen too your dad if he has leaves sprouting of his scalp.

The book starts with DR Brewer (he is scientist who research on plants) shifts his experiments into the basement because he gets fired from his job. One day Casey and Margaret (Dr Brewer’s kids) went into the basement to call their dad but unfortunately they get yelled at by their d...more
Juan
Goosebumps: stay out of the basement is a great book. This book is mysterious and eerie. This book is about two kids and their crazy father.The kids are named Casey and Margaret. The story starts when the children's father starts to act very wierd and suspicious. The kids think something happened to their father, but they don't know what. The kids suspect it has something to do with him workng down in their basement. Casey and Margarets father is working with plants and machines down in the base...more
David Santos
Well "Welcome to Dead House" was better in my opinion. I'm not to keen on plant/human scientific dna stuff and I kind of knew what was happening from the start so the story was kind a dragged on for me, but still a very interesting book.

Judging a book by its cover (the other editions clearly show a human plant) I expected a completely different story. Like a monster in the basement killing all visitors or something, but it turned out alright.

One thing I realized after reading this book, was that...more
Jeff
This is the first book I ever remember reading. I mean, I'm sure that my parents and grandparents read me stories as a yute, but the Goosebumps series is one I can remember choosing to read; this nuance is important.

My copy of Stay Out of the Basement is with the original cover, a green very detailed hand coming out of the basement. This is the original edition from 1992, from when I was 10 years old. I have to say, the nostalgia of holding the same book I read almost 20 years ago is a high wate...more
Luffy Monkey D.
This is the 2nd book in the Goosebumps series, and I do think the first one was better, although both tales have similar scores. I've always wondered whether people whose favorite genre is horror are really frightened by what they read. And if not, then why do they keep coming back. Fear is an emotion everyone wants to avoid. Genuine fear has only recently in our history been isolated from its companion, Danger. The fear in a bungee jump, say, is almost devoid of danger, that's why it's a pasti...more
Josiah
I could definitely see upgrading my review of this book to two and a half stars, if that option were officially available.
Paying homage to movies such as Little Shop of Horrors while maintaining an original and thrilling narrative, R.L. Stine has followed up his first Goosebumps book, Welcome To Dead House, with another fresh, taut story.
It seems to me that Stay Out of the Basement allows us a bit deeper of a look into the inner feelings and lives of these main characters, Casey and Margaret,...more
Ryanhong
Mar 06, 2011 Ryanhong rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ryanhong by: Myself
1. What is the book mostly about? Casey and his friends study the giant plant.
2. What is a fact? Monsters are not real.
3. What happened in the beggining? Dad acted strange.
4. Why was Casey suspicious? Because Dad was strange.
5. What is the same between Diane and Margaret? They are scared.
6. What do you think will happen next? The monster might scare them.
7. What does"amazed" mean? Surprised.
8. You could tell that Casey... thinks he/she is cool.
9. What is an opinion? That is the most scariest mon...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Wow, I never knew reading about botany and biology could be so much fun and so exciting....
Maggie Gordon
In another sibling team-up, Margaret and Casey Brewer are confronted with a chlorophyll-filled nightmare when their father’s experimentations get out of hand in the basement of the family house. After their father was fired from his research position at a biology department, he brought his experiments home, and became a hostile hermit who rarely came up for sunlight or air. He forbids the kids from going to see his lab, but of course they disobey these orders and discover that their father is up...more
Luke Baldock
Goosebumps the second. We're introduced to our protagonists. Once again, a pair of siblings, one brother and one sister. Their family is going through some hard times at the moment, as their father has been fired from his job at the university. He now spends all his time at home, in the basement, working on something special. Just after their mother leaves to look after her sick sister, the two children, Casey and Margaret, soon become suspicious about what is in that basement, and their father'...more
Alexandra
Another amazing read in the Goosebumps series. R.L. Stine is on a roll here. Who the hell would have thought these books would still be enjoyable after all these years?
This book was actually scary. In a way, scarier than an adult book would be because it is told in the point of view of a young child & her little brother, whose mom has to go to Arizona to be with her sick sister and leaves the kids alone with their insane father who spends literally ALL his time locked in the basement conduc...more
Tracy Poff
Margaret's father is a botanist, and until recently, he worked at PolyTech in California. Margaret isn't sure why, but he was fired, and now he spends all his time in the basement, working on his plants. Margaret's friend Diane says he's a mad scientist, but those only exist in movies... right?

The second book in R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series, Stay Out of the Basement has a bit of a science fiction feel to it. When Margaret Brewer and her brother Casey sneak down into the basement, they see pla...more
Andrew
Apr 04, 2012 Andrew rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children of the 90s if they haven't read them yet
Recommended to Andrew by: I've had these books for years.
I remember seeing the episode based off of this novella and halfway through, I remembered part of the ending. Casey and Margaret are living with their parents and naturally, they suspect tyranny is afoot. Their father begins acting rather peculiar and at first, Margaret just ignores it for the most part. Then one day, they decide to go into the basement to talk to their dad and he becomes infuriated and yells up the stairs, well the title of this novella, "Stay out of the basement!" he bellows.
A...more
Andrew Kubasek
Personal interests led me to recently revive my interest in the middle-school level book series "Goosebumps." The book series actually follows the classic pulp-horror style, but aimed towards younger readers (3rd through 6th graders). Remembering this one to be one of my favorites, I managed to excavate it from a box in my garage to re-read it. I wanted to see if it held up over time. It did.

The story is only a slight variation on most of the Goosebumps stories. Pre-teen kid, with bratty younger...more
Bryan
Stay Out of the Basement is suspenseful story about a couple of kids who face the trials of having a, perhaps, mad scientist for a father. When their father begins to conduct strange plant experiments in their basement, the kids notice very creepy changes as he begins to act like a plant, e.g. eating bowls of soil. The kids begin a dangerous investigation to find out what their now violent father is doing in the basement so they can bring him back to his senses.

This story is a fun and suspensef...more
Aaron
This was the first Goosebumps book I read when I was 8. It was so scary that it was also the last Goosebumps book I read. Still kinda scary! But even at around 120 pages, feels pretty bloated. Would've made a better short story.
Hannah
Despite it being the second ever published Goosebumps book, I'd never read Stay out of the Basement. Some books I avoided on purpose because I didn't like the cover (terrible, I know, but I stopped seriously reading these when I was about 9 so give little me a break).

Cover story: A monster hand coming out from behind the door which.. hang on a minute - is that a plant?
MC: Margaret. This was told in 3rd person which really surprised me, as I remember Goosebumps
The run down: Margaret and Casey's b...more
Ahmad
Stay out of the basement (Goosebumps #2), R.L. Stine
عنوان یک: به زیر زمین نزدیک نشو؛ نویسنده: آروال. استاین؛ مترجم: شهره نورصالحی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، پیدایش، 1387، در 167 صفحه، اندازه 5.12 در 19 س.م.، فروست: مجموعه ترس و لرز، شابک: 9789643496715، چاپ سوم 1391، چاپ چهارم 1392؛ موضوع: داستانهای آمریکایی قرن 20م
عنوان دو: داخل زیر زمین نشوید، نویسنده: آر.ال. استاین؛ مترجم: ماندانا قهرمانلو، ویراستار: محمد قاسم زاده، مشخصات نشر: تهران، ویدا، 1385، در 130 صفحه، فروست: دایره وحشت، ج 2، 9789646807046، چ...more
J.H. Trumble
I can't believe I've never read a GOOSEBUMPS! I can see why they were so popular with younger kids. Is there any series like this out there for older kids? Should I write one? :)
Nicola Mansfield
The second Goosebumps book and the second one I've read. (though this is the one and only GB book I had previously read years ago). All was fresh to me as I didn't remember the story at all. I found this particularly well written having all the classic elements of a page-turner horror story. While also using the device of chapter cliffhanger endings to keep the young reader (and me) going on for just one more chapter. A one sitting read for me. I thought the mad scientist themed plot held togeth...more
cole
Absolutely terrible book.I could set and watch a white concrete wall for five hours and have more fun.
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Deo
Book 2 of the long running Goosebumps series. The book is about 2 kids named Margaret and Casey. They live in California and their dad , Dr.Brewer, is a botanist. He was recently fired from his job for varying reasons it seems... got laid off, got fired for extreme experiments, experiments that went wrong and people lost their lives as a consequence. Since he has been home he spends an awful lot of time in the basement doing his experiments. Margaret and Casey once went to go into the basement t...more
Alisha Slone
This book is about the Brewer family. Margaret and Casey are the children and their father Mr. Brewer has recently lost his job at Poly-tech. He does research for plants and tries to make them produce more fruit and larger fruit. After Mr. Brewer loses his job, he spends most of this time in the basement doing projects from work, trying to get his old job back. The family starts to see changes in their dad's behavior and the way he treats them. The children sneak down in the basement and see lar...more
Jory
Stay Out of the Basement, now that I remember, was one of the Goosebumps books that I laughed hysterically at reading when I was a kid. And re-reading it at 22? I laughed even harder.

"HELP! HELP! MY DAD IS CONDUCTING CRAZY EXPERIMENTS IN THE BASEMENT AND HE WON'T LET US GO DOWN THERE! NOW ALL OF THE SUDDEN HE'S EATING PLANT FOOD AND SLEEPING IN DIRT AND HIS BLOOD IS GREEN! WHAT DO WE DO? WHAT DO WE DO?" is technically my summary of this book. Added bonus? OH NO, DAD BUILT A PLANT HIM AND NOW WE...more
Yovano N. (Opan)
“Something’s waiting in the dark...”

Dr. Brewer adalah ilmuwan di bidang tumbuhan yang bekerja di sebuah universitas. Akan tetapi, ia dikeluarkan lantaran eksperimennya yang aneh terhadap tanaman. Tapi karena sudah terobsesi dengan eksperimennya, Dr. Brewer tetap melanjutkan eksperimennya tersebut di ruang bawah tanah rumahnya. Seaneh apa sih, eksperimen Dr. Brewer, sehingga membuat ia dikeluarkan dari universitas?

Margaret dan Casey Brewer, tokoh utama cerita ini, akhir-akhir ini merasa ayah mere...more
Patrick
Bij mij op de basisschool waren de boeken van de kippenvel-serie zeer geliefd. Ook bij mij. Zover ik weet heb ik ieder boek, dat op de een of andere manier te verkrijgen was in os dorp, gelezen. Nu claimt de schrijver dat het griezelverhalen zijn. Op zich vond en vind ik dat wel meevallen al kan het feit dat ik de boeken niet in de avonduren heb gelezen bij kaarslicht daar een belangrijke rol in spelen. Desondanks vond ik de verhelen net voor de tijd dat ik enigszins volwassen begon te worden we...more
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Robert Lawrence Stine known as R. L. Stine and Jovial Bob Stine, is an American novelist and writer, well known for targeting younger audiences. Stine, who is often called the Stephen King of children's literature, is the author of dozens of popular horror fiction novellas, including the books in the Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room and Fear Street series.

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