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Night of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps #7)

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When twins Lindy and Kris find a ventriloquist's dummy in a Dumpster, Lindy decides to "rescue" it, and she names it Slappy. But Kris is green with envy. It's not fair. Why does Lindy get to have all the fun and all the attention? Kris decides to get a dummy of her own. She'll show Lindy. Then weird things begin to happen. Nasty things. Evil things. It can't be the dummy c ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 134 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Scholastic (first published 1993)
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Salymar
It does not matter how old I get because this was probably my favorite and the creepiest Goosebump series I have read in my elementary years. The idea of a DUMMY that talks and stalks totally wacked my brain out! Totally wicked! :p

The story is about Kris and her twin sister Lindy Powell who both love to play with dolls and dummies (just like a typical princess-brat girls). One day Lindy, found a dummy (she named it Slappy) for her to play with. The twin sisters started to fight over the dummy so
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Justin Padilla
Slappy surprisingly played only a small part in the original book. He was found in a dumpster by Lindy Powell, implying that Slappy has had more mischief in his past than we know about. Lindy took the dummy home, but soon her twin sister, Kris, became jealous and got a dummy of her own, named Mr. Wood. After purchasing Mr. Wood, strange things began to happen. The girls' room was turned upside down, and the kitchen was demolished when all of the food was emptied out and thrown about the room. Ho ...more
gina
My fourth grade students begged me to purchase a class set of the book Night of the Living Dummy, part of the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine. I can see why they love this book, although--sorry, kids, I won't be getting a class set.

Night of the Living Dummy is kind of like a cross between Stephen King weirdness and the Night Gallery series by Rod Serling, but targeting kids. That aspect of the story was fun. I enjoyed the creepy and familiar of the story. (I recall, in fact, an evil doll in one
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Yumi Learner
A couple of days ago when I talked to my French Canadian friend, he introduced me to a very interesting book series called Goosebumps. The book series is very easy for me to read in English without using a dictionary. And plus, I can enjoy reading it.

When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of 江戸川乱歩 (Edogawa Rampo). I read all his books when I was in the fifth grade. Most of his books were creepy and I competed with my classmates who was the fastest to finish reading all his books. Although I couldn't
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Princess Godoy
Slappy' a dummy, is found lying in the dumpster of a scary house by the two sisters, but this is not his story.

This is by far my favorite among the Goosebumps series. It goes so predictable that you will be surprise that it's different from the things you predicted. The ending is my favorite part, no matter how old I will be, it will forever haunt me.
Carmen
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
Lindy and Kris are twins. They are 12, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Lindy wears her hair long, and Kris short.

They hate each other.

They fight all the time, try to copy each other, make fun of each other, and pull pranks on each other.

One day, Lindy finds a ventriloquist dummy in a dumpster. She names it Slappy. She decides she has a gift for ventriloquism and starts practicing with Slappy every day. At first, Kris makes fun of her for being a dork. But after a few weeks, Lindy and Slappy sta
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Jeff_§of2014
This book is about Kris who loves playing with dummies and one day her dad just found a new dummy for her to play with, thinking it was a perfectly nice dummy she put it next to her old one. When she played with her dummy it was moving and talking by itself and she started being suspicious. Then her family did a talent show, her dad was playing a guitar and her mom was dancing and her sister was showing her painting. When it was Kris's turn the dummy insulted the family and they taught it was K ...more
Tracy Poff
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 pa
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Matt Williams
Thought this book was funny! Loved Slappy the Dummy! With a name like 'Slappy' kind of hard not to like him.
Brian
This goosebumps is one of my favorite goosebump books because I also saw it on television. It was very interesting, and it was able a dummy that comes to life and scares others. I feel like this book reminds me of Chuckie the doll that kills people. It was a very enjoying book and I would read it again. I would recommend this book to people who enjoys an easy read because it's an easy book to finish.
Sabrina
Dette er ren nostalgi for mig. Der er ingen tvivl om at det er børnebøger. Jeg læste selv serien engang da jeg var en lille pige, jeg kan ikke huske hvor gammel jeg var, men det er vel 15 år siden. Så jeg kan heller ikke huske dem, udover at jeg godt kunne lide dem.

Jeg kan godt mærke at jeg er blevet ældre, og de er skrevet til et yngre publikum, men det er nu virkelig nogle sjove bøger at genlæse! Den var rigtig hurtig at læse, kort og letlæselig. Da jeg var yngre, blev jeg virkelig skræmt, spe
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Miguel
Miguel Garcia
9/22/11
Mr.williams
language arts

The book is night of the living dummy by R.L. stine.It was published september 1st 2003. This is a horror story {but is not in my opionion}. I dont know any rewards it had 110 or 120 pages took me about a week to read. The characters are lindy and kris and slappy at lindy and kris's house.

The settinng is at kris and linda's house. The protagonist was linda and kris. They had to decide what they was going to do to stop slappy. The conflict was that slap
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Christine Blachford
Oh, how I used to love those Goosebumps books. My friend and I used to stay up all night taking it turns to read chapters to each other – these and the other teen horror series you could get. When this first Goosebumps book appeared on my reading list, and I found it was available on the Kindle, I almost jumped for joy. An excuse to relive the good old days.

And thankfully, unlike some of the other children/young adult books I have been revisiting, it still holds up for me as an adult. It’s not t
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JasonChan
This story is about Kris having a dummy that turns real at night. She got it as a present from her dad. She liked it so she kept it. One day there was a show at her school and she brought it to school with her to perform. The dummy started to go out of control and moved by itself. Kris knew something was wrong and the dummy was suspicious. One time at home the dummy even threw up some green liquid out of it's mouth and Kris knew she had to destroy it now.
I can connect this to like other books wh
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David Santos
Chucky has relatives! haha Throughout the entire book I kept thinking of Chucky a doll who comes to life and terrorizes a young teenager. I read this book in less than 24 hours...I had to, the cover creeps me out!

I kept thinking, there is no way this book will be better than the Child Play movies (which I love) but it was pretty darn good. There is a Night of the Living Dummy 2, this should be interesting. A pretty creepy book. I'm actually scared haha seriously I was terrified of Chucky when i
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Abbiethekitty
Had me up all night! That's a good and bad thing. Don't read at night!
Hannah
Cover story: Ol' Slappy, laughing his face off. Of course, we don't know who Slappy is yet.
MC: Kris, though it was hard to tell since her and twin Lindy are together so much.
The run down: Twins Kris and Lindy find an old ventriloquist doll, then somehow convince their parents to get another one so they don't have to share, because at 12, they are incapable of individuality yet. Anyway, shenanigans happen.
Cliff hangers: 7
Doomed ending: Ohhh yeah. Those of us who are familiar with the series can'
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Betsy
Sep 14, 2007 Betsy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: horror lovers, ventriloquists
Warning! Do not read this book unless you want to stay up all night enthralled and scared by the story and then pee your pants a little bit every time you see a doll even if its not a dummy and is just the decorative ones your gramma collects and keeps in a case which are still very creepy because their beady little eyes seem to follow you around the room!
Wow, another gem from coveted Goosebumps series! This book is flawlessly written. So many twists and turns! I recommend this book to anyone w
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Warren
I decided to revisit this book when my roommates mom showed up with a box of his old stuff and a truckload of Goosebumps books. I remember this one being pretty spooky, probably since dolls are ALWAYS CREEPY.

What I realize now as an adult is, no, it's not that creepy. It's a kids book after all. But I was surprised by how clear and effective the writing is. And how eerie the mood is throughout. No wonder kids gobbled up these books; they're actually written well and they're eerie as hell.

There
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Megan
When I was a wee person in the 90s my brother collected Goosebumps. Since he was so overprotective of his books as I am now, he'd never let me even lookat his Goosebumps collection, well, look at any butNight of the Living Dummy. Why? Look at that older cover. Pictured is a beautiful brown skin dummy with black hair, an open mouth and eerie green eyed glow stare. Seeing only the cover gave my goosebumps goosebumps (had to do the lame joke). As I got older, as in yesterday, I decided to see if my ...more
Nathaniel Mccombs
Goosebumps “Night of the Living Dummy” by R.L. Stine is an iconic story about twin sisters Kris and Lindy who find a ventriloquist doll in a dumpster at the construction site of a remodeled house. Lindy realizes she is a natural with ventriloquism and claims the doll (Slappy). The sisters are very competitive, therefore Kris is jealous over Lindy’s success with the doll and begs her parents to buy her a new one. The next day their father comes back with a doll from the pawn shop and they name hi ...more
Ben Phillips
From the R.L.Stine Goosebumps series, another classic tale of a dummy (later named Slappy) found by twin sisters Kris and Lindy, who can never seem to share anything. Slappy is found in a rubbish heap and taken home by the sisters, when strange and unexplainable things start to happen, but it can't be the dummy's fault can it?

Likes:

I was a massive fan of the R.L. Stine books back when I was in Primary school and remember this one fondly. Whilst re reading the book I found myself having being tak
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Mike Newman
I read this book when I was in elementary school and it scared the crap out of me. R.L. Stine really captures the fears of what a young boy or girl would imagine up in bed at night. I loved the whole collection of Goosebumps when I was a young boy and was obsessed with them so much I couldn't wait for the next one to come out so I would wait outside the bookstore some days. I really recommend this to anyone who is trying to get their child to read more or to any child that is in love with horror ...more
Glenn
Currently rereading my original Goosebumps collection

My absolute favourite in the Goosebumps series so far. Terrifically creepy and at times hilarious. I also thought the story and characters had a certain depth that was lacking in other books. I'd like to give props to the cover designer as well for the terrifying face of the dummy on the front, whose eyes seem to follow you. A highly recommended read for children and adults alike! I can't wait to revisit the rest in the series.
Mandy
I read every R.L. Stine book I could get my hands on when I was a kid. This one I particularly remember because it took me years to be able to see a dummy on t.v. and not shiver a little. His books led me to read King and Koontz later in life.
I wish my child would believe me when I tell him he needs to read these books. He has no idea what he is missing but the mom is always wrong at this age. Maybe he will pick one up someday.
Thanks for the great childhood memories Mr. Stine!!
Kevonn Clark
Mar 09, 2015 Kevonn Clark is currently reading it
The title of the book properly formatted? Night Of The Living Dummy ( Goosebumps).

The authors name spelled correctly? Yes.

Weather I liked the book? Yes I did like this book.

Why I did or did not like the book? I thought this book was interesting by it's cover and this book has lots of detail.

The main setting or settings of the book? Lindy and Kris home and the dead house.

The main characters in the book? Kris Powell and Lindy Powell.

The main conflicts of the book? A someone is following and stalk
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Cameron
After watching the made-for-T.V. film Night of the Living Dummy III, I had nightmares for weeks. I literally cannot remember being scared by anything more, except for when I first watched The Exorcist. For weeks I was afraid of dummys hiding in my closet, stairing with their big-ass creepy-as-fuck eyes. Eventually ,my fear for these wretched things toned down, and I worked up the courage to read R.L. Stine's first Dummy book. To be honest, I remember being creeped out by it, but not nearly to th ...more
Andrée
The very first Goosebumps book I ever read. I distinctly remember feeling sick when I read it, and telling my mother about how horrible it made me feel. Her words of advice were: "If something doesn't make you feel quite right, you're better off to stay away from it".

Despite my mother's words of wisdom, I guess only a true fan of horror would have gone back and finished the book, which is exactly what I did. I've never looked back.
Stephanie Gillespie
Haha this scared the hell out of me when I was like 9 lol
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