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Bad Hare Day (Goosebumps #41)

3.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,760 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare!

Pick a scare. Any scare.

Trick cards, floating scarves, disappearing doves. Tim Swanson loves magic tricks. Someday he wants to be a real magician. Just like his all-time favori
Mass Market Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Scholastic Inc. (first published 1996)
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111th out of 117 books — 47 voters
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Apr 25, 2015 Mario rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Fast and enjoyable read, even though some characters went on my nerves (but that has become the case in almost every R.L. Stine's book. The man surely know how to write stories about annoying kids you want to strangle).

Also I think this is the first Goosebumps book where I actually laughed out loud at some scenes, especially towards the end.
Mac  Ross
May 22, 2015 Mac Ross rated it liked it
When I first saw this book at the library, the name and the cover of the book kinda caught my eye so I borrowed it.

I wasn't expecting the book to be anything great and it wasn't. It was not scary, but it was still worth reading. Anyways, this book is about a boy named Tim who loves magic. His favorite magician is Amazo and someday, Tim wanted to be just like him. In the book, Tim gets a ticket to see the show, but it isn't until ten at night and his parents wouldn't let him go. Tim really wante
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Γρήγορη αφήγηση, με νεύρο, η οποία σε "κρατάει" από την πρώτη στιγμή, με ισορροπημένη δράση και κωμικά στοιχεία που δεν μπορείς παρά να απολαύσεις. Άλλωστε, όταν παίρνεις μια κατά τ' άλλα, όμορφη και γλυκιά εικόνα και καταφέρνεις να την "κακοποιείς" στο μυαλό και τις φαντασίες μας, σου αξίζει ένα μπράβο και μια παραδοχή. Όπως στην προκειμένη περίπτωση...
Darth J
Jul 02, 2013 Darth J rated it really liked it
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Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
"Another day of work," Mom sighed at the breakfast table the next morning. "I'm absolutely dreading it. Those students just drive me crazy."

Dad grabbed a doughnut and gazed out the window. "It's raining," he said unhappily. "I probably won't sell a single car today."

These sad-sack parents are only part of the hilarity that is Bad Hare Day. LOL This book was full of surprise laughs for me.

Tim wants nothing more than to be a famous magician. He puts on shows for all the neighborhood kids. Too bad
Dec 01, 2010 Danny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comfort-books
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.
Trevor Fitzpatrick
Jan 06, 2013 Trevor Fitzpatrick rated it liked it
This particular Goosebumps book was probably one of the worst ones that I have read. It took way too long to get into the action, it was not very entertaining throughout the book, and the cliff hangers at the end of each chapter did not make me want to keep reading. I will compliment the ending though because the twist of the book actually was clever and it made you think. If it was not for the ending, this book probably would have been rated one or two stars by me. I would recommend this book o ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Jaydon rated it it was amazing
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Title: Bad Hare Day
Series: Goosebumps #41
Author: RL Stine
Overall Rating: 1.8 Stars

This was not a quintessential Goosebumps book for me. I don't even remember reading this one as a kid, that's how much it stood it. (NOT)

There was no horror or gore, no monsters, nothing that would give me Goosebumps in this book.

This one had...Magicians. And theft.

I mean I know it's a kids book written in the 1990s and I really shouldn't be expecting it to creep me ou
Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*
Rated for a children's book level

This is an adorable Goosebumps book, never lags in its plotline, hilarious in certain areas, just that right touch of magic/intrigue. The end is a surprising irony that works. What is it with Stine and making the worst, most loathsome sister characters for these poor kids? They're all such brats that you wish something would happen to them. And why are the parents always on the bratty sister's sides? At least the parents were funny in this book because they both
David Santos
Nov 07, 2011 David Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another 5 star rating. I'm so generous aren't I? I'm not into magic tricks, so I skipped some parts of the book. Here we have a kid who's obsessed with magic. Steals a bag of tricks out of resentment and everything goes bad. That was pretty cool. Seeing how the tricks went wrong. Aww poor Ginny, that's Tims sister, the little feisty sister. Poor girl, you'll see what happens to her. Anywho, the book is not at all scary, maybe a little suspenseful, but not really. Fun is a good, no it' ...more
Sep 21, 2015 Colton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I think a lot of these Goosebumps plots would have worked better as short stories instead of being padded and stretched into full-length books. Bad Hare Day is a rather overlooked entry in the series, which is kind of unfortunate because the writing here is quality and the characters get some pretty good lines which even border on being witty. Sadly, the story doesn't live up to its writing and would have benefited immensely from being trimmed down to half the page count. However, its still a de ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Markus rated it did not like it
Came across this book and it was the worst thing I'd read in a long time. Feels like it was churned out in a week and went out to press the next day.

Trevor Wells
I can't decide which Goosebumps book is more underwhelming: Bad Hare Day or You Can't Scare Me!. The plot was dry, the characters were either terrible or uninteresting, and there's no real sense of fear or terror in most of the story. Overall, this is a very low point of the Goosebumps series.

Plot Synopsis: Tim has always dreamed of becoming a famous magician. Just like his idol, world famous magician Amaz-O. When Tim gets the chance to see Amaz-O's show live, he's overjoyed! But at that show, T
Oct 23, 2013 Glenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Currently rereading my original Goosebumps collection

This one could've had a really interesting plot. There was a lot of area that could've been explored, but it just fell flat towards the end. It wasn't particularly scary, however there were quite a few funny moments that made me chuckle to myself. Nowhere near one of the best in the series but I recommend reading it to your kids.

Read from October 23, 2013 - October 23, 2013
Kevonn Clark
Mar 20, 2015 Kevonn Clark is currently reading it
The title of the book properly formatted? Yes, Goosebumps Bad Hare Day

The author's name spelled correctly? Yes, R.L.Stine

Weather or not I like the book? Yes

Why I did or did not like the book? This book was funny and it had lots of detail and conflict in this book.

The main setting or settings of the book? Hospital, Carnival, Ginny's Parents home.

The main characters in the book? Ginny, Mr. Malik, Mom, Dad, Michael Franklin.

The main conflicts of the book? Ginny's parents won't let her go to the Mi
Dharia Scarab
Jun 04, 2015 Dharia Scarab rated it liked it
My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one.

Myself, I go ou
Oct 10, 2008 Ninhathor rated it it was amazing
In this book Tim Swanson absolutley loves magic. he wants to become a famous magician and meet his hero Amaz-o. Tim goes to the amazing Amaz-o show. then the bad stuff happens. he figures out that his idol is a total grump. then he decides to steal amaz-o bag of really scary tricks, and lastly he turns his sister into rabbit. he can change her back. can't he?
Amanda Sheila
Mar 09, 2014 Amanda Sheila rated it liked it
Shelves: non-romance
LOL, this book is definitely mirrored an act of 'rebellion' from American kids that often very relatable. I liked it. Stealing will never do you no good, only brings 'misery', you know what I mean? Ha.

So overall I enjoyed it. I reviewed this because I own the book. Big deal. Haven't read it since elementary school and now I'm 21 years old. Pffft.
Emily Davis

Summary-There is a littel boy how wants to be a musician.

charachter trait-He is good at magic tricks.

most inportin event-When Fozsees amazo.

recommendaion-Musicians wolde read this book.

by Emily Davis
Maisey Clark
Nov 21, 2015 Maisey Clark rated it it was amazing
It was an amazing book. If you see it somewhere, buy it because it's a really good book to read. It's funny, creepy and some was weird. It's about a boy and he has a sister, Ginny, and the boy loves tricks... and so on. If I kept going on with this awesome book, I would give it all away. If you want to find out what happens in Bad Hare Day, you will have to read it to find out. Bad Hare Day was one of my favorite Goosebumps books that wasn't a HorrorLand book. So I recommend you to read this boo ...more
Nov 02, 2009 Patrick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Goosebumps. This is the series that kept me reading through my childhood. More than any other series, Goosebumps kept me interested in reading, and R.L. Stein is a wonderful children's writer. I applaud his efforts, and can't express enough my gratitude for the series.
Greg Kerestan
Jan 24, 2016 Greg Kerestan rated it did not like it
In revisiting Goosebumps novels with the "Blogger Beware" web site, I've come to the opinion that there are good-ish ones and there are bad ones, no ish required. This is a bad one. After a hundred pages of filler, only in the last few chapters does anything resembling a plot begin to occur- and then, at the point in the story where a more competent writer would begin the narrative's rising action, the plot abruptly skids to a halt with a tacked on, last-sentence twist. The only magic trick here ...more
Apr 08, 2016 Natalie rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean-up
I have never read this Goosebumps book before and was very intrigued by the cover picture at one point every kid has probably wanted to be a magician do magic I know I did when I was a kid this story is about Tim and Tim loves magic Tim has a little sister who loves karate and she's always spoils tims magic tricks by telling everyone how he does them so Tim gets two tickets to his favourite magicians magic show and it all goes downhill from there you will have to read the rest of it to find out ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Jay rated it it was ok
Bad Hare Day is not good. Not good at all. The entire time I read it, I thought it had a serious chance to take the spot as the worst Goosebumps book in the series. There are no scares, a stupid plot, and a pretty terrible ending. But does it beat "Go Eat Worms" on the terrible scale? Let's see.

The basic plot of "Bad Hare Day" is a boy named Tim wants to be a famous magician like his role model Amaz-O (great name). In a stroke of luck, he gets a pair of tickets to Amaz-O's show from the propriet
Devin D.
Aug 16, 2011 Devin D. rated it it was amazing
Alakazam! Magic cannot be explained and R.L. Stine shows that in his book Goosebumps Bad Hare Day. This book is about a kid named Tim whose hero is a magician named Amaz-O. Tim loves magic but the person he hates the most his sister ruins it by giving away his secrets to his magic tricks. Amaz-O is performing at the Midnight Mansion and his problem is he has two free passes and it is a school night and of course he can't go. What would you do stay home or sneak out?
When He is sneaking out his
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 12, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was ok
I loved Goosebumps as a little kid, but I was more into the darker, more serious novels in the series like Welcome to Dead House and Ghost Camp. Bad Hare Day was just incredibly silly and rather pathetic, with choppy sentences, generic, unmemorable characters and an unoriginal plot.
Dec 22, 2014 itchy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w
found this book, along with two others, on the street (must have fallen off someone's car);
read it while waiting my turn at the doctor's;
i vaguely remember reading similar books when i was in grade school
Oct 03, 2014 Tracey rated it liked it
I hate the books when the little sibling is the devil. Bu that ending made me laugh out loud so I'm not too mad with this one. I just wonder what his parents did when he never came home. Did they try to find him? In the Goosebumps world, I'm thinking they weren't too concerned.
Dustin Spencer
Sep 20, 2015 Dustin Spencer rated it liked it
Meh, there were some funny bits, the parents were HORRENDOUS, and the sister was an obnoxious twit, but the story was enjoyable.
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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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