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It Came from Beneath the Sink!

(Goosebumps #30)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  7,183 ratings  ·  258 reviews
An evil, living creature called The Sponge appears to be an ordinary kitchen sponge, but thrives on human bad luck, which it deliberately causes and then sucks up while refusing to do the dishes.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Scholastic (first published April 1995)
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✨Bean's Books✨
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
#30 "It's warm! It's breathing! And it doesn't do dishes!"
Something is lurking under the sink in Kat's new house. Something her nightmares are made of. Something dark and scary... What can it be?
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was great! One of the first ones I read, and re-read several times. Perfectly creepy and definitely had me double-checking all the cupboards in the house for a little while.

Definitely one of the better books of the series.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
And it made me wish that I had never opened that cabinet, never reached under the sink, and never found the spongy... thing.

Because now it was too late.

Too late for us all.

This book is severely creepy. I was creeped out by it as a child and I still am upon this re-reading.

Kat and her little brother Daniel move to a new house. There, they discover something under the kitchen sink. Something that looks like an old, dry brown sponge. But they soon notice that it is warm. And pulsing. And has beady
Sep 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
The hottest of hot garbage.

I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror.
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I LOVE when the endings of one these books totally flips everything and leaves you searching for a sequel further down the series! Fun book that reminded me of being a kid and overcoming what my parents and other adults couldn't see or believe. 4 stars! ...more
Dan Power
the monster is a sponge.... what the fuck?
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: advisory
A evil sponge? Well this is what this story is about. It is about a sponge that is found in the sink of the house. What this sponge does is that it causes bad luck for anyone that has possession of it. The owner of the sponge cant throw it out or else she will die in a day. This sponge laughs as the owner gets all these curses and things coming their way.

Eventually the sponge dies when you reverse the effect. If you can't kill it by hatred why not make the sponge not like you anymore. So Kat the
David Santos
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The evil version of Spongebob SquarePants! The cover is misleading, you think there's a real monster, but its actually just a sponge. When the sponge was first introduced into the book, I thought it was dumb..and I still do, but I enjoyed it, if that makes sense. RL does a great job in making the sponge entertaining. The book was told through female first person. As you know I love so I got through the book rather quickly. The "curse" was consistent. Everyone that touched the sponge got hurt in ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another Goosebumps book that was released in the U.K. around the same time as the TV episode, I always instantly think of that version first.

It’s a fun playful entry in this series, you can tell Stine loves he’s 1950’s ‘B Movies’.
Surprisingly a story about an evil sponge like ‘Grool’ is highly entertaining. Feeding from people’s bad luck is such a great concept.
Alexander Draganov
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absurd, hilarious and in the same time quite creepy! Another five star hit by R.L. Stine. Read the review in Bulgarian here:
Sharise Love
Dec 25, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: people who have no fear of sponges and potatoes...
OMG it sent shivers up my spine! I wasn't able to hold sponges after a while and didn't trust spongebob for a while either...LOL ...more
before my brother and i found the strange little creature under the sink, we were a normal, happy family.” 😂🧽

and that is how this melodramatic 90’s treasure begins.

i’ll admit, this is definitely not my favorite goosebumps book, nor do i think it’s one of the better ones, but the premise was certainly extremely entertaining.

a freaking sponge. that lives under the sink.
and causes bad luck to all it comes across.
only in the 90’s. 😭🧽

it takes kat and daniel a little while to figure out what’s go
Jennifer Girard
This one was definitely familiar. It isn't my favorite of the ones I reread so far. ...more
I read this with a 9 year old and it took 3 weeks you better believe I'm adding this to my GR challenge ...more
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
This story was great! Loved how the tension was build. The story was at times creepy and I wondered how it would end. Good read.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is like all the other Goosebumps books; it has a good storyline, adventure, and a little bit of creepiness. But this one is my favorite that I have read recently. It is really good and I am going to continue reading books in the Goosebumps "series". I would recommend this book, and all the other ones, to anyone who like a little bit of suspense and creepiness in a book that is semi-easy to read. ...more
Rocket to Mars
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picked
The strengths of this book come from introducing the antagonist pretty early on, so there's the entire book's length available to develop it, and the fact that it is not trying to harm the protagonists directly, but rather through means of bad luck.
Unfortunately the book then falls on many other aspects: a lot of the events seem to be recycled from previous Goosebumps, so much that in the first chapter I was starting to wonder if I had picked up Welcome to Dead House by mistake. The adults ignor
Mansuriah Hassan
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another book from my childhood. I was dusting up my book shelf and this book caught my attention, again! In the end, I stopped dusting and got distracted with this book for an hour (I always get distracted with books whenever dusting up my book shelf :D). Yes it took me an hour to finish reading this book.

This is the 30th Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine (he was my only favourite author during my childhood). It's about an evil sponge (imagine the evil version of Spongebob Squarepants! :D) found
Luke F
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I recently read the book Goosebumps: It Came From Beneath the Sink by: R.L. Stine. I thought it was a very good book because it was suspenseful and it always kept me guessing. It was suspenseful because when they lost the grule (the thing that came from beneath the sink) the encyclopedia about it says that if the grule is given away or lost the owner of the grule will die within a day. It kept me guessing because before they knew what the thing that came from beneath the sink was they were tryin ...more
Maggie Gordon
After sloughing through Monster Blood 3, I was pleasantly surprised by It Came from Beneath the Sink! which I think is one of the more underrated Goosebumps offerings. Kat and Daniel have just moved when they find a strange sponge under their sink that seems to be alive. However, things start going really wrong after the sponge is discovered, and they soon find out that it's a mythological creature that feeds off bad luck, can't be killed, and will kill you if you give it away...

This story is qu
May 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves mysterys
Recommended to Ms. by: no one
Shelves: adrian-v, alyssa-w
This book was great. It is about a brother and sister who find what they think is a sponge but as you keep reading you find out that they have found more than just that.-adrin

This book is about a brother and a sister who move in to a 3 story house and they like it at first but then they realize that something in the sink is alive. What could it be i learned that this book has a mystery that you have to find out at the end. Theses types of books make you have the chills or make you want to keep o
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goose-bumps
When I was in third grade this was one of my FAVORITE Goosebumps, well I hadnt read it in a few years so I decided to read it, it is about a sponge that is in a house that Kat had JUST moved into.
Well, the sponge caused bad luck, and they foung out it was really called a Grool. And whoever found it had to keep it or else they would die within one day, so they kept it, and they tried to kill it, but it would just form back into one piece. So finally they killed it by giving it love not hate, be
Glenn Smith
Currently rereading my original Goosebumps collection

Not a bad book, but not one of my favourites. I wouldn't have expected a story about an evil sponge to be scary but there were some pretty creepy moments. The ending was fairly predictable though. Recommended for young readers or anyone who doesn't mind a light, easy read...and a bit of nostalgic cheesiness!

Read from October 5, 2013 - October 5, 2013
Feb 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Most goosebumps are only scary in correlation to me being under the age of 10 when I read them. This book was genuinely scary...erm... like I said, the details are fuzzy, but something about a potato making your life miserable, um, it was more convincing in the book....
Jessica Feltz
Jul 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: other elementary school children
Very cute! My eldest son, Josh, recommended this book to me. It's a fun page turner that feels scary (to my 8-year-old) without being nightmarish-scary. What I loved about it: the surprise ending!! Love truly conquers all... ...more
Nov 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like scary books
This book is about a girl named Kat who's family moved to a new house.But there's a mysterious creature under their kitchen sink thats alive!!!!Kat picks the mysterious creature up......But that might have been the biggest mistake in her life.................. ...more
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  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. ...more
Lashay Op
this story made me like never want to move ever again. this one actually gave me the creeps. this is one of his best books to me at least. he shoul make more like this one. verry intertaining, and verry terrifieng
Oct 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Kat and her bro, daniel, moved into a new house, they felt very luck. but that was about to run out. Because something evil is living in their new house. something that is moving, watching, and waiting.
Nov 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Katty who is also known as Kat to family found something under the sink but it brings bad luck to its owner but can Kat figure out a way to get rid of the thing or will she be filled up with bad luck for the rest of her life.

I like this book because it has a mythical creature and suspense.
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