Night of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps, #7)
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Night of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps #7)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  11,203 ratings  ·  461 reviews
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
Published May 1st 1993 by Turtleback Books (first published 1993)
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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...more
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
Jun 21, 2014 Carmen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
Shelves: children, horror, fiction
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
Miguel Garcia
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
Sep 14, 2007 Betsy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...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?


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...more
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
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!!
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.
Becca Rose
I read so many goosebumps books when I was a kid and I remember them being better/scarier. If the kid version of myself was rating this book she would have given it 5 stars...but unfortunately I'm not a kid anymore. My kids liked it a lot though and they thought the book was creepy. They would pretend they were the characters in the book.
YouthServices MattesonPublicLibrary
In the book, 12 year old Britney has to deal with her cousin Evan, and his dummy Mr.Badboy. Britney hates her cousin Evan and so does her best friend Molly. Britney goes over to Molly's house and Molly's dad shows them his Mind Stealer. Evan loves it but Britney is grossed out. A few days later, Evan starts acting scared of Mr.Badboy. Britney almost believes him when she finds a tape of him saying and doing all those scary stuff. Britney says the magic words to put Mr.Badboy to sleep but she wak...more
This book is not that scary but very interesting. I read this book because the cover looked scary unlike the book. But if I was in Kris's shoes I would probably be creeped out. I gave this book 4 stars because it's an interesting book it had a good plot. It would have been 5 stars if it was scary. Lindy found a ventriloquist dummy and kept it and enjoyed it, but Lindy's twin sister got jealous and got her own named Mr. Wood. Once Mr.Wood came a lot of bad things happens.Kris is sure a dummy can'...more
To this very day this book still scares the absolute CRAP out of me but it is so good. A while back when I younger, probably around the age of 11-14? I'm not 100% sure, but I did really want a ventriloquist dummy because I really wanted to master being able to talk without moving my lips, but after this book I was like "HECK NO!" because this book scared the absolute living crap out of me. I haven't read the rest of the Night of the Living Dummy books but I plan to! Even though this book scares...more
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'...more
The childrens version of Chucky. An excellent book to read before bedtime.
Kevin Xu
this is why I fear and hate Dummies at the same time
Night of the Living Dummy is classic Goosebumps. If know anything about the series, you likely know this book. Slappy is one of the main villains of the series (though he doesn't play a huge role here). But does it hold up after all these years?

Night of the Living Dummy starts of great from the cover. The cover art might be my favorite of the series. The close up of Mr. Wood's face is as creepy as it is simplistic. The huge smile and the dead eyes give the reader a fright from the very beginning...more
*Queen Diva*
Actual rating: 1.5

Okay, I give props to the cover artist for this one - pretty creepy cover!

Ugh... god...where to begin with this one?

First off, worst characters in history right here. All of them. They were all awful. Kris and Lindy are twin sisters who act more like enemies. I mean, I get it, siblings fight, but holy cow! There was not a single moment this ENTIRE book the two of them got along or were remotely nice to each other. I hated both of them for being such whiny, selfish little brats....more
Maggie Gordon
Cross-posted at:

Like Monster Blood, Night of the Living Dummy is one of the central, re-occurring Goosebumps stories, but I am not a very big fan of this initial installment (though I am quite fond of the sequels). So what made this one so different? Character development is not a strong point for the Goosebumps series, but I found the main characters in this story were particularly irritating and flat. Night of the Living Dummy stars twins Lindy and Kris...more
Taylor Browne
I read this book way back in elementary school and a wave of nostalgia just hit me hard. This was a creepy book, especially for ten year old me. It's peculiar how the images the words evoked for me ten years ago are still embedded in my memory, it's almost like a proxy to my ten year old mind.

Anyways, from what I could remember, this book was a blast. R.L. Stine is notorious for his twists and turns, and I can assure to any readers young or old, Night of the Living Dummy will not disappoint.
Lindy and Kris are twin sisters and they look the same on the outside but are true opposites on the outside,that's what it's like for most twins,Lindy and Kris like to bicker a lot,well,they don't like to bicker they just do.They don't bicker all the time though they also like to tell secrets with each other and they like to do things together and they like to be ventriloquist's,well they weren't ventriloquist's at first until Lindy found Slappy then that's when the trouble started.It was one da...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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