This is another book from out of my childhood, and this one I largely remembered. I wasn't overly fond of the book then, nor am I now, but it stuck wiThis is another book from out of my childhood, and this one I largely remembered. I wasn't overly fond of the book then, nor am I now, but it stuck with me if only for the novelty of flying. Which... yeah, that's the whole point of the book, I suppose.
Jack Johnson is a bit of a loser. He's obsessed with this girl, Mia, who prefers the more macho behavior of Wilson. Wilson is the bane of young Jack's existence, the living embodiment of "anything you can do I can do better." This competition is largely one-sided until finally Wilson pushes it too far, publicly humiliating Jack in front of Mia at her birthday party. Jack runs from the house in his woe, goes to an abandoned shack, and finds a book called Flying Lessons about how humans can learn to fly. Naturally, he then decides to learn how.. This will show Wilson, of course.
Or will it?
How I Learned to Fly, while being a ridiculous and choppy book, does succeed in having what is possibly the very best of the Goosebumps ending. It's a great twist, and a great moral lesson in the end. While I can't really recommend the book, I'll always be fond of it for its ending....more
This book was everything I wished The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena was from page one. While it lacked the fearsome crevasse scene (all too quicklyThis book was everything I wished The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena was from page one. While it lacked the fearsome crevasse scene (all too quickly resolved in the other book), it made up for it with better snow descriptions, the fearsome ice cave, the general feel of seclusion and superstition that permeates so many small towns. The only thing I wish this book had done more was emphasize just how killer the cold can be.
Our main character is transported, largely to her chagrin, by her aunt to the town of Sherpia which is...somewhere. The town is tiny, a sharp contrast to Chicago, and covered in these weird sinister Snowmen. Plus, there's a strange hermit and his wolf living on the mountain, legends of a killer Snowman and sorcery, and the not so small matter of an odd poem that can't be forgotten back from the vestiges of childhood.
Beware, the Snowman managed to be a good Goosebumps book by relying more on the unseen than the seen. For the bulk of the book the Snowman is nothing but a specter, unlike the pumpkin heads in Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns. The Snowman becomes scary through the legends that are told and the insular climate, which succeeds fairly well considering. Definitely would recommend this one to kids....more
This is one of the Goosebumps that I actually remembered reading as a child. The cover was fun - it had dinosaurs on it - and I recalled the contentsThis is one of the Goosebumps that I actually remembered reading as a child. The cover was fun - it had dinosaurs on it - and I recalled the contents as being rather amusing. What I didn't recall, or perhaps even realize as a kid, was just how disturbing the book actually was. Likely without realizing it, R.L. Stine wrote a rather good book detailing just how devastating the effects of bullying can be. In a post Columbine culture, with school shootings widely reported on, this book can raise more than a little it of unease in the older reader.
Our main character, Rick, is being mercilessly bullied by the bulk of the school. He's set up in a variety of ways, blamed for the actions of other, mocked mercilessly, and even beat up relatively often. Ricky the Rodent, Sicky Ricky, creep, jerk - the insults abound, and continue unabated even as he's trying to impress the new girl. Unsurprisingly, pushed past his limit, he decides to get revenge on Tasha - the author of many of his woes. Unfortunately, she's onto him, and thwarts his little addition to the front page of the paper... and Creeps, the dinosaurid Creatures on the cover, begin contacting him thinking he is their Commander.
This book is intensely creepy if only for the above-mentioned problems I listed before. Bullying, and the way it permanently damages a good number of people, is now part of our consciousness and Ricky's vow of vengeance is more a creepy sort of metaphor than the more light-hearted romp it is meant to be. I highly doubt kids would see it that way (I certainly didn't), but as an adult... well, the book is more unsettling than intended. At the very least it should open the conversation up between parent and kid on bullying and its effects, etc. which is nearly always a good thing. ...more
Vampire Breath was at least a bit better than Werewolf of Fever Swamp in that the creature existed for more than like, five pages. The Vampire was i Vampire Breath was at least a bit better than Werewolf of Fever Swamp in that the creature existed for more than like, five pages. The Vampire was introduced fairly early in and you get to see some of the classical creature actions. You also get to wonder how a vampire loses its fangs and what exactly Vampire Breath is made of if not... Vampire Breath itself. I mean, that was never really explained or made sense of. Ever.
Two pugnacious friend knock over a china cabinet and destroy priceless china therein only to discover a door, a tunnel, and a coffin with a bottle of Vampire Breath. They knock open the bottle due to more idiotic wrestling, and... COUNT NIGHTWING appears. Seriously. Count Nightwing. Are you even trying? Apparently vampires are nothing without Vampire Breath and use it to get all of their powers. I don't even know.
This book was entertaining. It was very much Vampire Lite, but it included the old castle, barred windows, and ultimately a twist at the end that made more sense than R.L. Stine's twists usually do. I was definitely entertained and giggling a fair bit throughout. Very fun sort of book for a kid. One of the better Goosebumps entries....more
Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns was a bit too much of a children's book for me to find entertaining. In R.L. Stine's words, it was "babyish." The plo Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns was a bit too much of a children's book for me to find entertaining. In R.L. Stine's words, it was "babyish." The plot was very superficial, the actions frankly ridiculous, scares nonexistent, and twist nonsensical. It was a mess of a book, an I'm surprised that there are people out there who really got into it. I mean... the Creature of this book is essentially this:
A group of kids obsessed with Halloween have, for the past two years, been shown up by two other kids. Once this included a rather cruel joke of a fake breaking and entering, the second time it was simply those two kids not showing up to the Revenge Party that had been planned. This year, however, will be different. This year, they WILL scare those other kids. Apparently with pumpkin headed monsters. Or something. TRICK OR TREAT FOREVER.
Can you see my eyes rolling from there? Jack O' Lanterns just aren't that frightening. Even the concept of pumpkin headed monsters just doesn't do it for me. I don't know if it's really just stupid or if I was just too old for it, but for me, this book fell flat from start to finish....more
A father has taken his children deep into the Brovarian forest in hopes of finding the Lost Legend. Nobody knows who wrote the Lost Legend, nor what its contents are. All they know is that apparently it exists and it is worth a great deal of money since people are so curious about it. Naturally, the two kids end up following Silverdog, the potentially worst named creature since Shaggydog, to his owners house and meet Luka the wildman and Viking Woman. Then they learn if they survive the test they can get the Lost Legend. Enter the weird fantastical world where almost everything is a wind-up toy or styrofoam and nothing is as it seems.
Legend of the Lost Legend wasn't a terrible book, but it also wasn't great. The imaginative world of giant cats and wind-up mice was pretty cool, though I think it would likely have made a better comic book or TV show than chapter book. It entertained in much the way old 80s movies did. Plenty of opportunity for expansion and fun, but ultimately little substance. Given, that is perfectly all right for a kid's book....more
Or at least a confused sort of squinting at the page as you continue reading, frustrated huffing noises, and an evReader Beware You're in for a Scare!
Or at least a confused sort of squinting at the page as you continue reading, frustrated huffing noises, and an eventual loud SIGH as you finish the book.
One of those two things. Definitely.
How to Kill a Monster remains the gold standard of Poor Parenting in Goosebumps books. While other books have included parents taking their children on dangerous adventures, not realizing their children are missing, etc. This book includes parents leaving their kids with their "eccentric" grandparents while they go on a business trip, and said grandparents then abandoning the kids in their mansion with a monster and only two notes to explain what's going on. Of course, if the kids weren't such idiots they wouldn't have released the monster in the first place and would have been content to just laze around reading, eating pie, and relaxing. But no. They had to release the monster and then figure out how to kill it.
The book isn't terrible as far as Goosebumps books go, and the penultimate twist was actually pretty amusing. The premise itself just irritated me due to the fact it required such thoughtlessness on the parts of the parents and grandparents. The swamp is presumably dangerous... so you lock the kids in the house with a monster. How is that remotely responsible? Why? I understand the need for framing narratives, but this seems a bit excessive in terms of irresponsible behavior....more
Ghost Camp was fun largely because it revolved around the ever entertaining trope of campfire stories. The stories in the book were entertaining, one of which I recall hearing at some point though I don't think I read this book before... It gave a nice, creepy atmosphere although the rest of the book was predictable as ever. I think this would be a fun book to read as a kid, or to a kid. I think it would keep a younger reader guessing until the end... where they would (hopefully) be laughing as loud as I groaned at the 'twist.'
So, yes, a very entertaining little Goosebumps book that finally broke the camp trope mold. Hooray!...more
My fondest memory of this book was that I once discovered one with a scratch n' sniff cover. I described this to my husband and was met with a horrifiMy fondest memory of this book was that I once discovered one with a scratch n' sniff cover. I described this to my husband and was met with a horrified expression. In retrospect, yes, the idea of owning a book that at a single sniff could smell like rotten eggs is not the best idea. But this is Goosebumps, and it thrives on the gross and unexpected. As do most children.
This is more of a Mad Scientist story than a Creature story, as previous reviewers had mentioned. The horror is more of science in the hands of the sadistic than any frightening monster, in spite of the title. The book, as such, wasn't terribly exciting. There were no real memorable creepy moments and a lot of misguided parenting. For once, this wasn't even a Goosebumps title that revolved mainly around a friendship. So, it fell relatively flat.
The high point was really the creepy description of the egg more than anything else. A veined egg, throbbing and hot to the touch, is something worth being perversely fascinated by. Unfortunately the rest... nah....more
I have a very fond memory of this book in my Second Grade classroom. It was stuffed in alongside other titles - the Wizard of Oz series, an encyclopedI have a very fond memory of this book in my Second Grade classroom. It was stuffed in alongside other titles - the Wizard of Oz series, an encyclopedia of animals that to this day I miss, Boxcar Children... This book stood out over all the others to me. It drew me like a moth to the flame. There was something intoxicating in that utterly perverse cover, something so disgusting and ridiculous that I needed to pick it up. And read it. Again and again.
Amusingly, my memory changed aspects of the books irrevocably. I remembered the black cabinet that people disappeared in, but not how it worked. My imagination, working overtime, really put another dimension in there that people never returned from. Inevitably, as with most of these books, my childhood imagination did the heavy lifting and made the narrative much more vibrant and interesting. But that's the magic of these books, right? We fill in the spaces and make the mundane vibrant and beautiful. There's just enough there for us to terrify ourselves worse than R.L. Stine ever did. Its the beats in between that matter most. Coupled with the amazing covers.
In this book a would-be magician and his bratty sister attend the magic show of the unfortunately named Amaze-O against their parents wishes. When our hero's idol turns out to be meaner than he imagined, he steals Amaze-O's magic kit, and mayhem ensues. Predictably, there are rabbits and children may or may not be transformed into said rabbits. There's entertaining discussing of how some magic tricks are performed, and the maddening childish belief that one can get amazing at magic without much practice if only his gear is right.
The Night of the Living Dummy series, like Slappy, just won't die and stay dead. Nevermind that his head split inReader Beware, You're In For A Scare!
The Night of the Living Dummy series, like Slappy, just won't die and stay dead. Nevermind that his head split in two in the last book and some strange worm creature crawled out from it. Nevermind any of that, Slappy is back and he will make your life a living Hell all the while shouting his cruel taunts and comebacks. Only Slappy takes a bit of a backseat this book until the third Act, there are more interesting forces at work here.
The plot of this book was far more interesting to me than the plot of the previous two installments. In this one, as in the bulk of the best Goosebumps titles, the main danger and conflict is human. In this case, it is the question of whether or not their fearful cousin Zeke is purposefully engineering the events that make him dissolve into panic to get the protagonists in trouble or not. This plot was more interesting to me than the dummies, it was the sort of ingenious sadistic plot that seems like a great idea when either a) you're a kid, or b) a psychopath. Then again, is there really much difference between the two?
The Museum of Dummies was as frightening an idea as ever, and the actual supernatural action in the book was entertaining and adequately creepy. I can see why this miniseries within the larger Goosebumps series is lauded by many and remembered as being terrifying by even more. It was a solid little entry, complete with an utterly creepy final image of sorts there in the attic surrounded by dummies.
This is one of the most iconic covers in my mind, and fortunately it fits rather well with the book description. It doesn't very much fit with what anThis is one of the most iconic covers in my mind, and fortunately it fits rather well with the book description. It doesn't very much fit with what an actual shrunken head looks like, but that's really a minor sort of gripe to have. It would be like complaining that Jungle Magic doesn't exist and is a really offensive thing to put in a book. But this was the 90s, and we were all about conservation then, if not so much about political correctness. And I guess in this book's world the indigenous jungle inhabitants no longer existed, so. There's that. They just left hundreds of shrunken heads, Jungle Magic, and artifacts to their name.
How I Got My Shrunken Head is very much a 90s book. It deals with the jungle, people wanting to destroy it for financial gain, and a kid having to save it with Jungle Magics. What isn't 90s about that premise? The shrunken head is more of a prop, people are the real monsters, though in reality this is far more of an adventure book than any sort of horror or thriller venture. A let's tromp through the jungle and survive sort of thing.
So, all in all this book is ridiculous but it tickled me much like Jumanji did so I can't complain....more
This is one of those Goosebumps books that you see rather often. The creature was prominently featured in the trailer, and the title gets touted arounThis is one of those Goosebumps books that you see rather often. The creature was prominently featured in the trailer, and the title gets touted around. I'd like to say it's because of the artwork, but all the Goosebumps artwork is pretty iconic and fun. Much like the Animorph morph covers, they are emblazoned in every 90s and early 2000s kids memory likely as not. Unfortunately, though, this book is likely an iconic Goosebumps title for other reasons. Reasons I can't really fathom.
The book features two kids and their dad trekking up to Alaska, as their dad has been tasked with finding and photographing the Abominable Snowman. As far as framing plots go for Goosebumps books, this is pretty typical. The kids are excited to go, as living in California they've never seen snow. Naturally, in Alaska, they soon discover that snow can be a pretty frightening thing. I give the book credit for showing how frightening trekking through the tundra can be - the fall into the crevasse is a very real worry and the smothering snow is likewise terrifying. Nevertheless, this book didn't evoke the beautiful claustrophobia that, say, The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb did.
The creature was barely in the book, and a lot of aspects of him went utterly unexplained. His ending, for instance, seemed to leave ample room for a sequel that never came. There were fairly inadequate explanations given for a lot of the phenomenon, and Arthur's behavior in particular just made little sense to me overall. It could've been interesting, could've done more, but... well, it's Goosebumps. I'm curious why this one is so memorable to so many people....more
R.L. Stine is the master of some pretty strange writing. The Headless Ghost isn't one of the best entries in the Goosebumps series, but it does feature what I consider to be some of the strangest kids. The main characters are obsessed with all things scary, which isn't that big of a surprise. What is a surprise, though, is the fact that the way their obsession decides to manifest is by them haunting the neighborhood. Every night, at midnight, they sneak out of their houses and terrorize the younger children. They stare through windows, through spiders through the open ones, howl and wreck havoc, leave strange things in mailboxes. These are meant to be two twelve year olds, and kids we're at least a bit sympathetic to. It worries me to think how much more they might have done if they'd continued down that path as teens. I mean, come on.
Anyway, the plot revolves around the kids deciding that they need to up their game. Scaring kids is all well and good, but why not try something really scary? Thankfully there's the Hill House, a nice nod to Shirley Jackson, where supposedly one ghost ripped another ghost's head off many years ago. Now the headless ghost wanders around trying to find its ghost head so it can finally rest. Guess what? The kids decide they can find the headless ghost's ghost head. Thrills and chills await.
The book had a nice sort of campfire story quality to it that I enjoyed. It was a bit gothic, though that's likely stretching it considering how these Scholastic books tend to be written. The atmosphere was nice, the plot fairly engaging, and the characters not too annoying. The twist at the end (there always is one) didn't entirely make sense, but that's par for the course for Goosebumps. It was still fun, and I liked the fact that this one actually showed some of the process of the kids growing up and finding other interests, as kids so often do....more
This is one of the Goosebump books that I remembered before I set out to reread the whole series. I was fond of the first The Haunted Mask book. TherThis is one of the Goosebump books that I remembered before I set out to reread the whole series. I was fond of the first The Haunted Mask book. There was something deliciously creepy about the idea of a mask that would change who you were, that would take you over. Anyone who's ever acted knows how far the power of pretending can go, and in the case of these masks, that can go pretty darn far...
While the Monster Blood series follows Evan and Andy, this is the first of the Goosebump books to be a direct sequel that follows what were only side characters in the previous book. We get to see how the experience of being an Unlovable affected Carly Beth, and more, how it now effects Steven. Each Unlovable, it turns out, is different. What might this one be?
Goosebumps is at its best when it is exploring the more human aspects of monstrosity, and this book delivers just as well as the first. Maybe what annoyed you before you can view another way, maybe people are just a bit different than you expect... Thrills and chills, and plenty of surprises await....more
I was reluctant to read this one based on the title alone. That and I was still reeling from how terrible Why I'm Afraid of Bees still remains. Needless to say, as my rating shows, I was pleasantly surprised by the contents of this book. I'm a sucker for old horror films, and the mixture of that, old Hollywood magic, animatronics, and amusement park rides had me hooked from the start. Where Welcome to Horrorland fell flat for me, A Shocker on Shock Street delivered in spades the delicious creepiness and off-balanced wonder that I want from these cute books.
The scares were amply disturbing, and the danger felt more real than it ever did in Welcome to Horrorland. There was a fun twist at the end, that while it didn't make total sense, I was willing to let it slide for the way it had been set up from the start. The book was fun, thrilling, and ultimately it set you into the world of Shock Street studios. So, while it's still a children's book it's a fun ride and one of the better ones for sure....more
Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes is a book so ridiculous it often gets brought up in discussions on Goosebumps. Apparently it made for a very frightening G Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes is a book so ridiculous it often gets brought up in discussions on Goosebumps. Apparently it made for a very frightening Goosebumps television show episode, though I have yet to see it. Those little innocuous lawn gnomes, coming to life to terrorize your garden and get you grounded for life. The stuff of nightmares? For some people, maybe.
Perhaps more people in the Goosebumps universe need to look at this:
I really don't know.
Anyway, Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes is something that seems like it would be far more effective as a B movie than a book. With the right lighting, music, and hammy acting it could be brilliant fun. As a read, however, it falls a bit flat. The lawn gnomes aren't really menacing, and the obsession with gardening is just eye-roll worthy rather than chilling.
Also, what on earth is a casaba melon? I don't think spraying tomatoes three times from three separate bottles a day will really make them huge. I don't know, man. I just don't know....more
To preface, I'm generally not a big fan of camp books. They can be fun, but I never really had the requisite experience to relate to them fully, and uTo preface, I'm generally not a big fan of camp books. They can be fun, but I never really had the requisite experience to relate to them fully, and ultimately they all tend to read the same to me. The same sort of plot points, characters, experiences... they all sort of blend together. Which is to say, ultimately The Horror at Camp Jellyjam didn't really jive with me. In fact, it read almost identically to Welcome to Camp Nightmare to me, with only a few minor changes.
There's the same mysterious camp with odd counselors, the same people going missing with no explanation or acknowledgement. Both camps are harboring a dark secret that only one other person warns the main character of, but no one believes anything is wrong. The secret is revealed, near the end, to everyone's shock and dismay... and ultimately the ending is both funny and a bit disappointing. But that's typical R.L. Stine. You find it endearing after a while.
Camp Jellyjam could have been its own book, but in my opinion it really never quite got there. It was a fun read, as all these books are, but it just didn't really do anything to me. If we were writing a Goosebumps book of ONLY THE BEST this one wouldn't be included by my reckoning....more
Ghost Dogs. That's right. Ghost Dogs. It's not enough to try to make kids afraid of ghosts, or just dogs or turning into dogs as a substitute for goinGhost Dogs. That's right. Ghost Dogs. It's not enough to try to make kids afraid of ghosts, or just dogs or turning into dogs as a substitute for going through puberty. Nope. They had to be Ghost Dogs. I'm still not quite over the ridiculousness of it.
Like most Goosebump books, this one features a main character afraid of everything, a brother afraid of nothing and obsessed with pranking said main character, and a confusing female character who is never adequately explained. Fear of moving, fear of new locations, new friends, new experiences and more is melded with... erm. Ghost dogs.
The book had its thrills and chills, its sweet revenge, and its ample amount of things that made no sense. The ending did make me laugh, in spite of its cheesiness. Just.. could the plot at least try to make sense? Why were there ghost dogs? Why did people transform... just.. why....more
This is the second offering in what is often referred to as the most terrifying of R.L. Stine's miniseries within the Goosebumps header. Night of thThis is the second offering in what is often referred to as the most terrifying of R.L. Stine's miniseries within the Goosebumps header. Night of the Living Dummy first introduces Slappy the dummy to the reader. He is a purely evil creation, a ventriloquist dummy bent on finding humans to be his slaves. While this quest is often ill-fated, in Slappy's attempts often fights ensue, and it is these fights that tend to stick in the reader's minds. Wooden fists meeting human flesh. Wooden jaws clamping on fingers. How do you fight what is already, for all intents and purposes, dead and never living? Coupled with the sheer cruelty of Slappy's insults, it sticks out to the young reader well indeed.
This second installment didn't really do as much for me as the first one did. The characters grated upon me, in particular the younger brother, for the sheer audacity of some of the things they did. A kid might not think too much of messing up his sister's watercolor, but to an adult to see all that hard work desecrated for the sake of a gag it is a bit genuinely horrifying. Though, perhaps, the strength is in revealing that even the perfect child has some insecurities, no matter how well hidden they might be.
While this book isn't as gross as the first, nor as ultimately violent, it has character development that is seldom seen in the Goosebumps series. So, a bit slower, but perhaps a bit sophisticated. This trilogy, at least, is well remembered for a reason. ...more
I wasn't entirely certain what I was getting into when I picked up this book from the library. I simply saw Welcome to Night Vale on the cover and thoI wasn't entirely certain what I was getting into when I picked up this book from the library. I simply saw Welcome to Night Vale on the cover and thought to myself "Oh, I like that podcast" and grabbed it. When I saw it was a collection of the podcasts episodes I wondered just how well the audio format might translate to writing, and exactly what behind the scenes info could possibly be used to introduce each episode that would truly be of interest. As my rating likely shows - the behind the scenes info was indeed interesting, and the podcast transcripts made for very fun reading.
It was interesting to read how few instructions there were for Cecil throughout the first 25 episodes of the show and to see how the stories evolved. So much was there from episode 1, unintentionally, and later added on to. It is very obvious just how much of Night Vale was whimsy turned substance, and you can almost feel the surprise of the writers as the show continuously evolved into something more and more as the months and years went by.
I don't listen to the podcast religiously, but man I would love to read more of the books....more
It has long been my desire to read through all of the Goosebump books. This desire was borne out of a love of them as a child, but for whatever reasonIt has long been my desire to read through all of the Goosebump books. This desire was borne out of a love of them as a child, but for whatever reason I never got through all of them. Off and on I've been wanting to, the old tug of desire returning, but I never really committed to it. Until now. So, fellow GoodReaders, I'm sorry but your updates will be full of my musings about a series for children as I work my way through all 62 original titles.
I might do Goosebump 2000 after. I don't know. It depends on how I feel at the end.
Anyway, reading the series has put me through some seriously terrible books. Every now and then, though, a true gem emerges that manages to surprise and disturb me a little. Even with the hokey endings, now and then I'm shocked by the level of horror injected into a kid's book. This book was one such book, and an utter delight. It Came From Beneath the Sink! was a surprisingly creepy, good kid's horror novel. I'd recommend it in a heartbeat.
The idea is that a creature is found.... beneath the sink that creates and feeds on bad luck. No matter what you do, it will always come back and it will be with you until you die. How the characters react, how they discover this and deal with it, is an utter delight. The creature is purely evil, and purely creepy. There's something so alien about it in the descriptions, so malevolent, that is became truly captivating.
This wasn't by any means a masterpiece of literature, but for a Goosebump book it truly rose above the crowd. Good going R.L. Stine, this one was awesome. ...more
I don't think people give R.L. Stine enough credit for his ability to write truly obnoxious, horrendous, unforgivable children. No other author, exceI don't think people give R.L. Stine enough credit for his ability to write truly obnoxious, horrendous, unforgivable children. No other author, except perhaps for V.C. Andrews or whoever wrote Babadook has made me want to punch a kid as much as R.L. Stine. No Goosebump book, apart from The Cuckoo Clock of Doom and possibly Bad Hare Day created a despicable, obnoxious, horrifyingly irredeemable child as Monster Blood III. Kermit, yes his name is Kermit, is quite possibly the worst child ever put to a page.
Why. The true monster isn't the monster blood, it isn't the way it makes people grow, and grow, and grow. It isn't Evan's utter stupidity and his disbelief that anyone would think he is lying when he says it exists. No, the monster is Kermit. The kid obsessed with chemistry, given access to chemicals, and thinking the world owes him everything.
I hope you blow yourself up, Kermit, because you're terrible. Bad things should happen to you, you sniveling, conniving bastard.