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How I Learned To Fly - Ramuan Ajaib (Goosebumps #52)

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,559 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
He's got his head in the clouds. For real . . . Wilson Schlame loves to make Jack Johnson feel like a total loser. And Jack's had it. That's how he ended up down at the beach. In a creepy, old abandoned house. In the dark. Trying to hide from Wilson.But everything is about to change. Because Jack just dug up the coolest book. It's called Flying Lessons. It tells how humans
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 1997 by PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 1997)
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This book is a hot mess. Jack Johnson is a 12-year-old who is in a pissing contest with another 12-year-old named Wilson Schlame. I don't get it. I thought testosterone poisoning set in a little later than this. Maybe I was wrong. The boys compete with each other in EVERYTHING and Wilson always wins. He's a complete asshole who has to one-up Jack on everything Jack attempts to do.

What's the root of all this?

A cute girl, of course! Her name is Mia. The boys make complete idiots out of themselves
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Βαρετό, ανούσιο, με παντελή έλλειψη ψυχογραφήματος και καμία απολύτως προσπάθεια να χτίσει ο συγγραφέας μία πλοκή η οποία να φαντάζει κάπως λογική, όσο μπορεί, τουλάχιαστον, στα πλαίσια μιας τέτοιας ιστορίας. Ηλίθια κίνητρα, μηδενικό σασπένς, εύκολες αιτιολογήσεις και τελικά, ένα βιβλίο το συνολικό ύφος του οποίου δεν νομίζω πως ταιριάζει στην συγκεκριμένη σειρά.
King Pob-seidon III
This book is enjoyable. R.L. Stine's way of storytelling is amazing. But it isn't really the "scary" kind of Goosebumps everyone knows. Not even the part where the main character was in a mysterious house was giving me chills. This book could easily be a debut of a new series if you cross the "Goosebumps" title off. But still, this book is great. 5/5. And also, the ending is a happy ending, unlike most other Goosebumps.
Alondra Rodriguez
The book is about commpition is and how some one can be so mean just to win. I like this book because it has so much detail in the book and a lot of charters I n the setting also feels like its actually in real life I recommend this book to 6 grader because of the book charters are different and have this good side and a mean side so a 6 grade will read this fun book and know what to do.
April Baird
Jun 04, 2015 April Baird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love writing Goosebumps book reviews XD. They are truly amazing books that leave you hanging for more, even though the story has finished, however this is the intention in having the reader imagine the rest. “How I learned to fly” by R.L. Stine, is one of my favorite books of the series ( haha I always say that, they are all my favorite). the genre is Adventure, comedy, and horror (not that scary, more intense levels) and fantasy. The story is in 1st person view, its generally focused on the m
Blessie Anne
May 20, 2013 Blessie Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Whoa. Goosebumps huh. I started collecting these upon chancing one at a book sale when we went home to my dad's hometown for the holidays. And ever since, I got the impulse to just collect em all. I have over 34 books of the original series and I recently found this one.

Right. How I learned to fly. This story story is actually quite different in a way with the other Goosebumps books. One, flying is not scary at all (*spoiler ahead*unless Jack somehow transformed into a real bird from gulping th
Sarah Marie
2.75 stars. I really enjoyed the message and how this one played out. Review to come!
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Title: How I Learned to Fly
Series: Goosebumps #52
Author: RL Stine
Overall Rating: 2 stars

I have mixed feelings about it.

On one hand, it was good, but it wasn't really Goosebumps material. I wanted to be scared, not mildly amused. I don't think I ever read this one as a kid, but reading it now as an adult, I'm not really a fan to be honest. It was imaginative sure, but not spooky enough for my liking.
Edward Ledesma
Mar 11, 2016 Edward Ledesma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was very good written.It has good details I felt like I could visualize where I am and what the weather feels like.I think this book is for people who like action/adventure.I think this might be one of the top books in the series.This is why I think it deserves a five.
Daniel Altenburg
Nov 27, 2015 Daniel Altenburg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 20, 2015 Vy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

This book was a lot different from the other GOOSEBUMPS books that I've read because I didn't find it scary at all. I did find it really annoying, but that's probably b/c Jack and Wilson are both so childish. Yes, I know they are children so it makes sense but I did find their constant competing over Mia to be a bit much. Other than the fact that the boys were your typical macho boys, like I mentioned before, I didn't find this story very scary at all. In fact I thought it was pretty cool. Wh
Maggie Gordon
How I Learned to Fly is another bizarre genre switch to Goosebumps. Rather than being a traditional horror, it's more of a cautionary sci-fi tale without a lot of science. Jack constantly feels outshone by Wilson, so when Jack finds a book claiming to teach people to fly, he thinks that it must be the perfect way for him to differentiate himself from Wilson! He mixes up the special recipe, almost loses his dog in the process, but now he can fly! Unfortunately, Wilson saw him and stole some of th ...more
Melinda Fisher
Jul 12, 2015 Melinda Fisher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book at a second hand book sale. I'm really getting into Goosebumps because I missed it when I was younger.

This is one of the milder books in the series. It's not scary at all. In fact it could almost be a sweet, moral story. If it wasn't for R.L Stine's technique of ending almost every chapter on a cliff-hanger, you might not guess it was written by him.

12 year old Jack Johnson has a crush on his classmate Mia, but he has trouble impressing her because his rival Wilson keeps showing
Isabel Orama
Jan 19, 2015 Isabel Orama rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book that I read today was about a boy named Jack Johnson. He is in 6th grade and has lots of friends. This boy in jacks class named Wilson is always annoying Jack and try's to make a fool of him. Jack and Wilson are always doing races to see who wins, but of course, Wilson always wins. So, one day, a girl in jacks class named Mia had a birthday party. The whole class came to her house. Jack didn't feel like going because Wilson was there. But, since his friends where going, he wanted to go ...more
Steven Boyer
I really enjoy reading Goosebumps books,especially this was my favorite books in all of those Goosebumps books. The main characters in this book was Jack , Wilson, and Mia. Jack and Wilson was a friend that like or love a cutiest girl in that town named Mia, Wilson he usualy like to show off in front of Mia espicially when she is nearby and Jack he is much better looking and athletic than Wilson. Then one day Mia invite all of her classmates and also Jack and Wilson, then Wilson show off again i ...more
Mar 15, 2016 Keerti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I normally read Goosebumps because I love a small scare every now and then. But this book was completely different. It's actually the first Goosebumps that I have read in which the main character is happy at the ending.

The book is about 12 year old Jack who wants to impress his classmate, Mia, but always fails because of Wilson, another classmate. Then Jack comes upon a book called 'Flying Lessons' and learns how to fly. Unfortunately, Wilson also learns to fly. Then Jack gets called for T.V ads
Frank Anousone
May 24, 2014 Frank Anousone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy reading goosebumps books, especially this book one of my favourite book in goosebumps.
The story was a little sad at first, because the main character who had a crush on a cutest girl in his town. But no matter what he will lose his rival, who always winning him in everything. At first i think he should give up on everything. But at that moment from flat character he became a dynamic character, because he found a book that shows that humans can fly. Now I think he can finally win
Mehreen Chowdhury
Goosebumps is very famous among the children. However, I always found my sister to read these books. Of course she is not a child but she loves Goosebumps. After reading this book I came to know the reason behind it. It's awesome!

When I started to read, I could not stop myself until I finished. The story was about Jack who felt like a loser in front of Wilson at everything. Wilson made things worst whenever Jack tried to impress Mia. Mia is the most cutest girl at their School.

One day Jack got
Yomna hosny
May 21, 2013 Yomna hosny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Wow! my entire childhood just flashed before my eyes. I've really missed Goosebumps. I used to collect them when I was a kid, I had almost 60 then I gave my entire collection to my little cousins. I thought I was over that stage, I guess not :)
Ruth Ann
Oct 25, 2015 Ruth Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, own, fiction
A Goosebumps movie with Jack Black is coming out soon. As a kid, I never wanted to read these books. As an elementary classroom teacher, these books were popular with some students but I still never actually read one. So this is the first Goosebumps book I have ever read. It wasn't scary, except for the rats in the basement of the abandoned house. The plot involved two boys competing for the attention of a cute girl named Mia and the ending was surprising because it had moral virtue. Who knew? I ...more
Melissa Myers
Read it in one day; cute. I've actually never read a Goosebumps book (wasn't a fan of being scared when I was a kid, I preferred Laura Ingalls) but this was good and it makes me wonder if they are all kind of small morality plays. This one was about a boy, Jack, who was picked on by a real jerk, Wilson. Wilson always wanted to compete with Jack especially for the class hottie, Mia. Wilson loved beating Jack at everything and one day Jack stumbled upon a book about humans flying. He made the mixt ...more
Mina Grenier
I find it strange that it's not scary.
When kids are little, they always dream about what they want to be when they grow up. Athlete, musician, actor, president. Regardless, almost all of these careers has some aspect of fame that goes along with them. In short, kids don't find being famous scary, they desire it. And that is the issue with "How I Learned to Fly."

Jack and Wilson both discover the secret to flight. Jack wants to keep it secret, but Wilson decides to set up a race at school. With the secret out, they get endorsement dea
The main character of this book jack and Wilson always seem to have a rivalry towards the girl they like which is Mia. Wilson always though seems to show off jack since he is much better looking and athletic than jack. One day they go to a party of Mia's but once again Wilson turns up to show off to jack and its the last straw. He storms out angry and ends up in a abandoned house yet he falls into the basement and discovers a book on how to fly. He makes the potion needed and eats it and learns ...more
Greg Kerestan
I had already given up, mercifully, on Goosebumps by this point as a kid. Revisiting the series with the "Blogger Beware" web site, I can tell that at this point Stine has given up on the series as well, turning in stories without a ghost, monster or scare in sight. This is just an exceptionally mediocre non-Goosebumps children's novel with a Goosebumps logo on it... but at this point, that's almost a point in its favor rather than against it. Two stars for at least being something different.
I remember when my sister used to read different books from this series and then tell me the story (I didn't like reading back then ^^") and when I first read one of these books I really LOVED it! and wanted to read more but didn't know from where to buy them. Then, I finally found this at Magrudy's and bought this one (they only had 3 books) and read it.

Anyway, I expected the ending of the book to be something "scary" (for children I mean, not for me :P) or something like that (like the one ab
Evelin Chavez
Feb 20, 2014 Evelin Chavez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book there is to charectors tha like to compite against eachother. One of the one that like to compite is Wilson. The other one is Jack. One day Jack found a book and it said,"How to learn how to fly." He finally learns how to fly and he wants to race Wilson. When the race starts he wants to fly. When he starts he sees Wilson in the air flying. He was surprised and starded flying. He found out Wilson learned how to fly by the book that Jack found.

My opinion about the book is its kanda g
Apr 16, 2013 Nafis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goosebumps is a popular series of horror books for childre, this story in particular is somewhat different from the other books in the series still dealing with supernatural themes such as flying. Its an interesting book to read as it deals with a lot of school themes such as rivalry between kids and even *cough*crushesongirls*cough*. it has a good moral to the story that emphasises to children that some things are more important than showing off and trying to impress other people (such as havin ...more
Jun 29, 2016 Philip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I'd read this as a kid it would probably have blown me away. I don't understand how this is a Goosebumps book though. It's not scary and there's no monsters, aliens, ghosts, robots, or anything of the sort. It's a nice story about a kid who learns to fly and his rival. I think it got mixed up on the printing press and they just sort of went with it.
Jun 11, 2015 Saniya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
its such a good experience to read this book
in this book,jack wants to beat wilson who is always jealous of him as well as to impress mia
readind a book doesn't means just to read the particular book but while reading the book we should imagine all the that things that the author is trying to say
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