The Cuckoo Clock of Doom (Goosebumps, #28)
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The Cuckoo Clock of Doom (Goosebumps #28)

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When his father brings home an antique cuckoo clock, Michael is cautioned not to touch it, but he turns back the hands and suddenly he is getting younger by the minute--a year younger to be exact. Ages 9-12.

Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Scholastic (first published 1995)
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Ahhh, the Goosebump days. I would borrow so many of these from the library they seriously considered extending my limit of books checked out at one time. R.L. Stine you were a reprieve from a harsh and dreary childhood in which my mind wandered far away from the troubles of the day. I stole books into my bed and read far into the night by the faintest of lights. I might have better eyesight were it not for you; however, I regret not one page or line.
You are all rating these Goosebumps books too generously. I know it has nostalgic memories for you, or something. But I remember reading them and being disappointed and annoyed. Nothing scary ever happened. And they were written shit-ily.
R.L. Stine was overrated. He remains that way.
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Kibria Gulam
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Jeff Cape
I've read a lot of books from the Goosebumps series when I was younger, but The Cuckoo Clock of Doom is my favorite one of all. Was even a fan club member of this RL Stine group in Canada c/o my cousins :)
Kelsi Martin
I enjoyed this story I found it significantly different from the other goosebump books , mostly because of the morbid ending. I found it easy to sympethise with the main character michael because of the actions of his little sister though in the end when he finds that tara was never born and the attitude he takes when given that information is a bit disterbing. I have always found that the best books are the ones that make you feel for the character whether love or hate, for examples the charact...more
R.L. Stine made an amazing series for young kids, i wounder if he wrote any for adults
When I think of the original Goosebumps series, The Cuckoo Clock of Doom is always one of the first books to come to mind. Arriving in numerical sequence right after A Night in Terror Tower meant following a very tough act, but this book presents a game challenge to the task, offering some very smart twists and turns of the plot before the final exclamation point that is the surprise ending. R.L. Stine was arguably at his best as a writer during this particular stretch of the Goosebumps series,...more
The thing about reading these books as an adult is enjoying them for what they are: pure nostalgia. While devoid of flashy monsters or evil dummies, this book manages some fair suspense with a backwards time traveling concept. The prose is a notch below average - nothing terribly bad, but nothing terribly brilliant either. There were some good moments; the baby scenes even made me chuckle a bit to myself. The ending was also extremely satisfying and not the usual ridiculous twist the series is k...more
Pedro Benoliel
Sticks out as one of the few books that completely and utterly failed at its purpose. I would have been 12 at the most when I read it - at the height of 'Goosebumps' popularity - and I distinctly remember giggling uncontrollably as the protagonist related his experiences going backwards in time. For something that was meant to be scary, this sure was hilarious - but that might have been why it remained one of the few GB titles I revisited time and again. Unintentional comedy at its finest.
David Santos

Oh, I just love Tara. I'd hate her for my sister, but shes a book star, annoying, but entertaining. Anyways. I'm guessing RL wrote this book when he was in a better mood, because this one was better than the previous three in the series. As an author I can say that creativity comes out when you are in a good mood. The last three looked like RL was going through a divorce or something, just wasn't much effort put into them. This one was much different and much better....more
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
One of my first reads (together with the The Berenstain Bears' Home Sweet Tree) series. I love R.L. Stine books but this one is my favorite among all the Goosebumps book series (seconded by The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb). The story are not so scary like how the cover looks. :) Each book has a moral lesson (and very informative as well).
A wholesome read for all ages! :DR.L. Stine
This is one of the better, unsung Goosebumps books. R.L. Stine says it was his favorite in the series. It is my THIRD favorite.

The premise of this book is simple yet entertaining. Twelve-year-old Mike Webster has a REALLY, REALLY evil sister called Tara. She ruins pretty much everything he does. She also ruins his birthday, gets him seen in his undies by his crush, and gets him beat up.

So when his father gets a new cuckoo clock from the Black Forest of Germany, he sees it as a perfect chance to...more
I stumbled on the GR page for this book by chance, but I remember this being one of my favorite Goosebumps when I was little, together with the one about the girl being granted three wishes which all backfire.

Sure, all these books (and the parallel series of romantic books for young girls that were marketed together, at least in Italy and when I was young) are rather stupid in hindsight. But when I was 10, they were fun and I shall rate accordingly!!

The only thing that was alway kind of weird ab...more
Justin Padilla

Michael Webster always seems to be getting into trouble, and he knows why: his bratty little sister, Tara, who seems to have no problem getting his parents to believe whatever she says. Michael's Dad order's a grandfather clock, and tells the family that he was told by the shopkeeper that there is an error on the clock. He firmly tells Michael and Tara that they are both not to touch the clock, but Tara does, and gets caught, prompting Michael to further get her in trouble, so he goes and change...more
This one was DEMENTED! Seriously, I could never ever do something over, and over again (Am I telling to much?). At the end I saw through it but it was still mind-scrambling.
Iris Gamino
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Ianc Ehs
This was a very interesting story, so this kids parents buy a coockoo clock (OF DOOOOOOM) and so the kid turns the hands of the clock backwards then goes back to bed. the next day it seems to be his birthday, its beena long time since i read this so i think it was his 10th birthday, but thats actually younger than he is supposed to be. it seems that he has gone back in time. this just happened to be a very bad bday for him, the next day its his 5th birthday i think. then the next day he's a baby...more
My favourite Goosebumps series by R.L Stine! Very well written, very frightening, very thrilling, really love it!
Rachel M
Hated Tara but loved all the other characters!! If Tara was not in it It would have been 100% better
I liked this one pretty well when I was a kid, but comparatively being not really a favorite I can't really rate it higher.
On the other hand I do have to agree with some of the other reviewers, Tara is the best part about this book. Evil little monster-sister. Any kid with a younger sibling will think that their lil brother or sister MUST be taking tips from this obnoxious little brat. On a related note that doesn't -really- effect the book, the TV episode of 'Cuckoo Clock' was pretty disappoint...more
Calvin Zhao
This book was okay. It wasn't a great book but it wasn't a bad book as well. This book was about how a young boy keeps getting in trouble because of his younger sister. Typical brother, sister relationship. But when he finds a chance to get back at her, he takes the chance without hesitation and what he planned doesn't turn out as smoothly as he thought it would. The cuckoo clock spins Michael's head and he has to hurry and fix what he changed before it's too late. I was into this book at some p...more
lol... goosebumps....yeah it brings back happy childhood memories. back when I had to choose my goosebumps novels carefully so as to not pick up one that was TOO scary! haha. back when I read as many "choose your own adventure" books as I could get my hands on, which wasn't many....and I'd reread those over and over till I had discovered every good (or horrible) ending inside. lol. (to potential readers of goosebumps- this isn't a review, just read one or two in the series to see if you end up l...more
Rimsa Imran
was great! loved it and had alot of scary dreams!!!!!!!!!
Maya Orama
This book is about a boy and girl. They always fight together. Then their father buys a cuckoo clock. "Do not touch it" said their father. But one night, the boy went to the clock and wished that his sister was never born. But, strange things happen to him. First he becomes a 6 year old , then a 3 year old, then finally a infant. Then one day his father took him to a hardware shop and there was the cuckoo clock! He climbed up on boxes to wish his normal life back again, but without his sister. T...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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