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Stay Out of the Basement (Classic Goosebumps #22)

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Dr. Brewer is doing a little plant-testing in his basement. Nothing to worry about. Harmless, really.

But Margaret and Casey Brewer are worried about their father. Especially when of the plants he is growing down there.

Then they notice that their father is developing plantlike tendencies. In fact, he is becoming distinctly weedy

Hardcover, Large Print, 122 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Gareth Stevens Publishing (first published 1992)
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Sooooo... Book two. I liked this story quite a bit more than the series opening book. It had some issues, but on the whole, it was a better story and made a hell of a lot more sense than Welcome to Dead House.

The premise here is that the family moved to Cali for Dad to take a job in a science lab... but then his experiments started getting a little... strange and dangerous, and so he was let go. But he didn't care, he just kept up the work -- IN THE BASEMENT THAT EVERYONE SHOULD STAY OUT OF! He
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children; Parents
What if a loved one began acting strangely? Quite unlike their normal self? At first you think they are just stressed, or perhaps you worry that they are sick. Until some strange things start happening. Things that make you question if your loved one is even really the person they seem to be.

Margaret Brewer and her younger brother Casey live in sunny California. They're spending their days going to school, playing with friends, and teasing each other. But then their father, the botanist Dr. Brew
Darth Andrew
Mar 09, 2015 Darth Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I loved this one.

Although, these cliffhanger endings are really frustrating, seeing as most of the books in this series are standalone, and I want to know what happens next, Damn you!
Feb 05, 2009 Melwyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I am reviewing name is Goosebumps Stay out of the basement by RL Stines. It is a science fiction book. My thinking is the books theme is that never listen too your dad if he has leaves sprouting of his scalp.

The book starts with DR Brewer (he is scientist who research on plants) shifts his experiments into the basement because he gets fired from his job. One day Casey and Margaret (Dr Brewer’s kids) went into the basement to call their dad but unfortunately they get yelled at by their d
David Santos
Aug 08, 2011 David Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goosebumps
Well "Welcome to Dead House" was better in my opinion. I'm not to keen on plant/human scientific dna stuff and I kind of knew what was happening from the start so the story was kind a dragged on for me, but still a very interesting book.

Judging a book by its cover (the other editions clearly show a human plant) I expected a completely different story. Like a monster in the basement killing all visitors or something, but it turned out alright.

One thing I realized after reading this book, was that
Oct 16, 2015 Mike rated it liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
3,5 más bien. Me ha gustado, y sé que de pequeño me hubiera encantado, pero no ha sido de mis favoritos de la serie. Aun así, está bastante bien de todos modos.
La verdad es que el libro es un pelín «rarito». No me ha defraudado, porque empecé a leerlo ya que era el próximo que tocaba para seguir el orden de la colección, pero no tenía pinta de que fuera a gustarme tanto como los anteriores. Sobre todo algunos. No está mal, pero de no ser que estés siguiendo la colección por orden como yo, te aconsejo que pases a otro número porque lo encuentro demasiado infantil. Y por supuesto: nada de miedo en ningún momento; ni similar.
Melissa Maillet
My daughters and I recently read Goosebumps #1. Where that book was written in classic ghost story style, Stay Out of the Basement was much more modern. Where the first book had many gothic elements, this one was more typical of today's off beat horror works. The first book had a creepy feel the entire way through the book while number two just felt weird.
One thing the books did have in common was a cliffhanger ending. Stine obviously uses this technique purposely. In the first book it felt very
Jan 08, 2009 Juan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goosebumps: stay out of the basement is a great book. This book is mysterious and eerie. This book is about two kids and their crazy father.The kids are named Casey and Margaret. The story starts when the children's father starts to act very wierd and suspicious. The kids think something happened to their father, but they don't know what. The kids suspect it has something to do with him workng down in their basement. Casey and Margarets father is working with plants and machines down in the base ...more
Aug 08, 2011 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I ever remember reading. I mean, I'm sure that my parents and grandparents read me stories as a yute, but the Goosebumps series is one I can remember choosing to read; this nuance is important.

My copy of Stay Out of the Basement is with the original cover, a green very detailed hand coming out of the basement. This is the original edition from 1992, from when I was 10 years old. I have to say, the nostalgia of holding the same book I read almost 20 years ago is a high wate
This is the 2nd book in the Goosebumps series, and I do think the first one was better, although both tales have similar scores. I've always wondered whether people whose favorite genre is horror are really frightened by what they read. And if not, then why do they keep coming back. Fear is an emotion everyone wants to avoid. Genuine fear has only recently in our history been isolated from its companion, Danger. The fear in a bungee jump, say, is almost devoid of danger, that's why it's a pasti ...more
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Ένα ακόμα βιβλίο της διάσημης σειράς παιδικών βιβλίων τρόμου του Stine, που μπορεί να μην είναι από τα καλύτερά του, ωστόσο αποτελεί ένα αρκετά ευχάριστο ανάγνωσμα. Ίσως αν η "υπερβολή" της ιστορίας ήταν πιο συγκρατημένη, να μιλούσαμε για μια άκρως τρομακτική αφήγηση, ωστόσο η σύγκρουση μεταφυσικού κι επιστήμης δεν αποδίδει ιδανικά, ακόμα και για τα παιδιά.
Nov 18, 2015 Amina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The two stars are for the last paragraph, its idea is simply awesome!
Maybe the world became scarier than horror stories, that's why I can't enjoy'em anymore
Marts  (Thinker)
Wow, I never knew reading about botany and biology could be so much fun and so exciting....
Oct 17, 2009 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I could definitely see upgrading my review of this book to two and a half stars, if that option were officially available.
Paying homage to movies such as Little Shop of Horrors while maintaining an original and thrilling narrative, R.L. Stine has followed up his first Goosebumps book, Welcome To Dead House, with another fresh, taut story.
It seems to me that Stay Out of the Basement allows us a bit deeper of a look into the inner feelings and lives of these main characters, Casey and Margaret,
Sep 06, 2015 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Title: Stay Out of the Basement
Series: Goosebumps #2
Author: RL Stine
Overall Rating: 3.7 stars

This book follows the life of a mad biologist and his two kids, Margaret and Casey. When their mum goes away to visit her sister, their dad starts acting weird. Even weirder than before. Locking himself in the basement, losing his hair, growing leaves on his head. It's all too much for the siblings so they try to get the bottom of it and discover that there
Mar 06, 2011 Ryanhong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ryanhong by: Myself
1. What is the book mostly about? Casey and his friends study the giant plant.
2. What is a fact? Monsters are not real.
3. What happened in the beggining? Dad acted strange.
4. Why was Casey suspicious? Because Dad was strange.
5. What is the same between Diane and Margaret? They are scared.
6. What do you think will happen next? The monster might scare them.
7. What does"amazed" mean? Surprised.
8. You could tell that Casey... thinks he/she is cool.
9. What is an opinion? That is the most scariest mon
Oct 10, 2015 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 más bien. Me ha gustado, y sé que de pequeño me hubiera encantado, pero no ha sido de mis favoritos de la serie. Aun así, está bastante bien de todos modos.
Apr 14, 2015 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Δεύτερο βιβλίο της αυτοτελούς σειράς παιδικών βιβλίων τρόμου "Ανατριχίλες", δεν θυμάμαι να το είχα διαβάσει όταν ήμουν μικρότερος, οπότε το διάβασα τώρα. Εδώ που τα λέμε δεν θυμάμαι καν ποια έχω διαβάσει και επειδή έχουν αρκετή πλάκα, λέω που και που να διαβάζω κανένα, έτσι, για να νιώσω ξανά μικρό παιδί.

Όσον αφορά την ιστορία του δεύτερου βιβλίου, έχουμε την Μάργκαρετ και τον Κέισι, δυο αδέρφια, που θέλουν να μάθουν τι στο καλό κάνει ο επιστήμονας πατέρας τους κλεισμένος τόσες ώρες στο υπόγειο
Darcus Murray
Feb 19, 2016 Darcus Murray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, paperback
Oh, how I am loving reading these books. Sadly, I didn't get the chance to read many of them growing up but I did get to watch the show occasionally and I absolutely fell in love with Goosebumps. Now that I'm older and can have more a say (financially) in the books that I can read, have started collecting these books and so far have amassed books 1-52, with a few duplicates. I am devouring them as quickly as I possibly can.

I remembered Stay Out of The Basement from the tv show so I was super exc
Trevor Wells
Aug 30, 2015 Trevor Wells rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to horror, Stay Out Of The Basement ranks up with It Came From Beneath The Sink! The book may lack the Fridge Horror of my previous Goosebumps read, it contains something that I feel makes horror media great: Subtle, realistic terror. I'll get more into that in a minute.

Plot Synopsis: Margret and Casey's father used to be great. He was fun and outgoing and always made them feel happy. But after losing his job, Dr. Brewer changed. He began doing experiments in the basement and start
Nek0 Neha (BiblioNyan)
I remember reading this as a kid. I was so freaked out about plants that I avoided every plant in our home for a month. I stayed away from green foods as well. Ah, nostalgia is a delightful thing, haha.

Not the best installment of the series, but not the worst either, three leaves outta five.
Darcy McLaughlin
The two Brewer kids have a botanist dad who gets fired from his fancy lab at a nearby university. This of course means he takes his important and probably extremely unethical work home with him, setting up shop in the family basement. The kids (Margaret and younger brother Casey) try to go down there, and he straight up loses his shit on them. "STAY OUT OF THE BASEMENT!" he screams like a lunatic.

So of course the rest of the book is a series of convoluted ways in getting the kids to go back dow
Rebecca McNutt
This is an alright book for younger readers, but I found the writing really choppy, with limited vocabulary and a predictable plot.
Maria Eleynita
This book is quite good, not that scary. I just love how it caters to teenagers.
Nadia Lotfy
Jan 15, 2016 Nadia Lotfy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that is scary in a weird way. It is about a family that has a dad that is a mad scientist, it is really weird because he eats plant food and he has leaves on his head. He has two kids that both get pretty suspicious when they see him acting like a plant and even bleeding green blood, eew! I recommend this book to people that like scary things but just a warning that this book is not really scary because like I said its just weird. I like this book because it is weird and because ...more
Maggie Gordon
In another sibling team-up, Margaret and Casey Brewer are confronted with a chlorophyll-filled nightmare when their father’s experimentations get out of hand in the basement of the family house. After their father was fired from his research position at a biology department, he brought his experiments home, and became a hostile hermit who rarely came up for sunlight or air. He forbids the kids from going to see his lab, but of course they disobey these orders and discover that their father is up ...more
Luke Baldock
Goosebumps the second. We're introduced to our protagonists. Once again, a pair of siblings, one brother and one sister. Their family is going through some hard times at the moment, as their father has been fired from his job at the university. He now spends all his time at home, in the basement, working on something special. Just after their mother leaves to look after her sick sister, the two children, Casey and Margaret, soon become suspicious about what is in that basement, and their father' ...more
Jan 05, 2012 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing read in the Goosebumps series. R.L. Stine is on a roll here. Who the hell would have thought these books would still be enjoyable after all these years?
This book was actually scary. In a way, scarier than an adult book would be because it is told in the point of view of a young child & her little brother, whose mom has to go to Arizona to be with her sick sister and leaves the kids alone with their insane father who spends literally ALL his time locked in the basement conduc
Tracy Poff
Margaret's father is a botanist, and until recently, he worked at PolyTech in California. Margaret isn't sure why, but he was fired, and now he spends all his time in the basement, working on his plants. Margaret's friend Diane says he's a mad scientist, but those only exist in movies... right?

The second book in R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series, Stay Out of the Basement has a bit of a science fiction feel to it. When Margaret Brewer and her brother Casey sneak down into the basement, they see pla
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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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