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It's the First Day of School...Forever!

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  490 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
On the first day of school, Artie falls out of his bed and hits his head. Hard. He tells his mom he’s dizzy and she says:
“You’re just worried about your first day in a new school.”
At breakfast, his little brother, Eddie, splashes syrup in his hair, and there’s no time to wash it. Artie has to go to school with syrup-hair. And then, on the way there, he gets splashe
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Square Fish (first published July 5th 2011)
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Justin Tate
Not the most satisfying journey, but a clever ending.
me: 2 stars
son (age 10): 3 stars
daughter (age 5): 3 stars

This was just....dull. The narration was slow, and it took Forever! (~halfway through) to get to the meat of the book where the MC wakes up on the first day of school again. And again. And again.

My son said he bumped it up to 3 stars only because he liked the twists at the end of the book.
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Artie Howard is having some trouble on his first day of fifth grade. It starts with him falling out of bed and gets much worse after that. Everything he does at school seems to go terribly, horribly wrong. He makes enemies of the biggest and scariest boy in school, loses the class pet, and gets creepy warnings from the principal. And just when he thinks he may have made it through the worst day of his life, he starts it all over again!

Ahhh.... R.L. Stine. Does middle-grade horror get any better
Mar 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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It is Artie's first day at a new middle school. He wakes up by falling out of bed, hitting his head, and the rest of the day follows suit - his younger brother gets syrup all over his hair, a big truck runs through a puddle spraying water all over Artie and he looks like he wet his pants. Then to make matters worse he ends up accidentally hurting the school's sports hero. He doesn't things could get any worse until he is transported back to bed and the morning starts all over and evolves into a ...more
It’s the First Day of School Forever
By R.L. Stine
Report by Cierra Kitt

Artie hits his head on the floor when he falls out of the bed. It’s his first day of his new school. He goes to eat breakfast and his brother pulls a prank on him and spill syrup in his hair. After breakfast Artie and his brother go to school and on the way there more bad things happen. As they are walking to school Eddie walked in the street, so Artie had to pull him back but it was too late. A truck went into a puddle and
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the First Day of School Forever! is a juvenile fiction book by R.L. Stine.

It's Artie Howard's first day of school, summer vacation is over and its time to hit the books, or the floor, as Artie does on his first morning, banging his head and seeing stars.

The day doesn't get any better, Artie's younger brother, Eddy has squirted syrup all over him and splashes muddy water all over Artie as they walk to school. Not only that, but Wowser, Artie's dog, has followed him to school and has jumped a
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't say I was too impressed with this one. So many things go wrong for Artie that the story didn't feel believable at all, and the addition of horror elements didn't really fit into what I was expecting from the book. I thought it would be more of a Groundhog Day for kids...although I'm not quite sure why...the people on the cover with glowing eyes should have been a bit of a giveaway. The writing also felt fairly repetitive. I know that's kind of the point of the story, but even the wording ...more
Jose Reyes
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was very well written. I was a little disappointed in the ending. It ended with a kid named Chris guiding the guy Artie. It turned out to be a video game. I gave this book a 4 star rating because the ending was very cheap. I would recommend it to people who like fantasy books and non-surprising endings. Also R.L. Stine did a very good job going along with the book but killed it with the ending.
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a big part of my childhood (3/4th grade), and I haven't read this in a while, but I feel that this is still a great book. This was a masterpiece, and I feel that everyone should read it at least once in their lifetime. It is intended for younger audiences, so there may be some corny parts. Other than that, it's a great book, and I'm glad to have read it.
Brian Barnett
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, middle-grade
Even with a dangerous premise, R. L. Stine pulls it off. In what could've been a boring, repetitive narrative; small, surprising variations will keep the readers on their toes. The dark story was sprinkled with enough chuckles to keep the mood light and in typical Stine tradition, the ending has a fun, humorous twist.
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yikes! Creepy! It sounds like a normal day as a new student in a new town. But something's not right, the day repeats forever but he ends up going through a terrible day. I think this book is the sort of book that should be warned. Do not red this at night, personal experience.
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I thought this book was awseome it reminded me of a movie about this guy who his life repeated a part of it over and over again.
Shata T.
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantacy
it was very funny and i reccomend it for anyone who likes to laugh.
Sep 24, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book sucks !!!
Maisha Zahir
It was a good and entertaining read. :)
Mr. Giorno
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read Aloud
Breonna W
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was totally awsome and i think you should read it
Monique Mabin
This was a good read. It makes you think, just what if something like this would ever happen to me.
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Though not a part of any Goosebumps series, It's the First Day of School...Forever! is virtually no different from a Goosebumps book. The length is similar, the humor and writing style are identical, the plot contains the same brand of fake-outs in the early chapters and Twilight Zone twists near the end... It's all quite familiar to fans of R.L. Stine's most enduring series, and is exactly what I was hoping to find when I picked up this book. In his debut novel with Feiwel and Friends publishi ...more
Natalie Haldeman
Title: It's the First Day of School...Forever!
Author: R.L. Stine
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Theme(s): Middle School, Monsters, Fiction, Horror Stories
Opening line/sentence: My name is Artie Howard, and here goes.
Brief Book Summary: Artie wakes up on the first day of school ready to take on the day and have a good school year. Everything could have gone badly does, and continues to go badly for him throughout the rest of the day. The next day he wakes up it is the first day of school again, but he has
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

R.L. Stine’s newest book is reminiscent of the movie "Groundhog Day" but with a twist. As his morning alarm sounds and his mother nags him to get dressed, Artie realizes with dread that today is his first day at a new school.

Events at the breakfast table provide plenty of clues that Artie’s day is off to a bad start. His little brother spills his juice, making it necessary for Artie to change his shirt, but before he has time to mak
Margery Bayne
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Todd Russell
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-horror
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you. Will try and review with no spoilers.

Artie is having a bad first day of school in a Groundhog's day type story. The audience is young adults and some of what Artie goes through is humorous. The writing is clear and Stine knows how to talk to kids without talking down to them. He doesn't hit a YA horror stride until late (perhaps too late) in the book and even then then it's downplayed.

There is a promising love interest but I was disappointed w
Mark Soone
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, R.L. Stine has done it again! Another great read by the Middle School master!

As if life isn't bad enough having to begin life in a new school, Artie's adventure is a brilliant gem of comedic and horrific results. Everything that could possiby go wrong, does.....many that I could never even dream up. After a horrible morning getting ready for school, Artie blunders through the day angering, the coolest kid in school, the principal, students and the entire footbal team (whom the principal en
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th or 6th Graders
Shelves: first-reads
Another Goodreads Giveaway book!

I was scanning through the giveaways when I stumbled across this one, and I couldn't really believe it. The first thing that popped into my head was, "R.L. Stine is still writing books?" I am one who grew up with the Goosebumps series, and even watched a few of the t.v. shows. I loved these books as a kid, and I think kids will enjoy this book as well. (Interestingly enough, I hate horror movies)

The book does a good job pin pointing some of the fears every kid fac
Richard Denney
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Entertaining, Funny, and creepy!

R.L. Stine is an awesome writer
and anything he writes turns to gold. Seriously.
This was fun to read since all I've ever read of
his work are the GOOSEBUMPS books and a few FEAR STREET novels.
I loved it and it was great reading something fun and creepy.
I usually read heavy books with a serious tone and its always
good to change it up and read something fun and light.

This book centers around an eleven year old boy named Artie
who keeps repeating the first day of sch
(Review of advance reader's edition.) This is the R. L. Stine version of the movie Groundhog Day with two plot changes: each time the day is repeated it gets worse and there is a twist at the end. On the first day he is to attend a new school, Artie falls out of bed and hits his head, gets his hair full of maple syrup, and is splashed with water by a truck as he walks his little brother to his school. And that's only what happens before he gets to school--there the situation becomes much worse w ...more
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First day of school forever
# of pages:183
Rating:5 stars
Book review 2

"My name is Artie Howard, and here goes. Here is the worst day of my life." The first day of school forever by R.L Stine was kind of a scary and strange book. It will always be my favorite book, the main character (Artie Howard) seems innocent and scared on his first day of school. Who wouldn't, but his first day in his new school is quite different. He goes through weird things and it is scary. The characters in this book were
Richard Kelly
It's an interesting experience looking for things my kids can read. I have been learning that some kids books aren't bad.

This one was interesting. Kept my attention the entire time and made me want to finish it. Had a good and unexpected ending that satisfied the time I spent on it.

It does get a bit gruesome for kids, but it is horror also. The characters are rich and although the adults don't seem to make sense it is still easy to accept the premise.

The writing is simple, but again... for kids
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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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