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How I Got My Shrunken Head

(Goosebumps #39)

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Two Heads Are Better Than One!

What has two eyes, a mouth, and wrinkly green skin? Mark's shrunken head. It's a present from his Aunt Benna. A gift from the jungle island of Baladora.

Mark can't wait to show the kids at school his shrunken head. It's so ugly. So gross. So awesome. But late one night the head starts to glow. Because it's no ordinary head. It
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Paperback, 119 pages
Published 1996 by Scholastic (first published September 1st 1995)
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✨The Reading
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#39 "Heads up!"
Mark's aunt Benna just sent him a present from the tropical jungles of Baladora. A present that reminds him of one of his favorite video games. A shrunken head! But this isn't any normal shrunken head. This one has strange jungle magic inside it. Can Mark learn how to use the strange magic and save the island and his aunt?
Danny
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comfort-books
Ahhh, the Goosebump days. I would borrow so many of these from the library they seriously considered extending my limit of books checked out at one time. R.L. Stine you were a reprieve from a harsh and dreary childhood in which my mind wandered far away from the troubles of the day. I stole books into my bed and read far into the night by the faintest of lights. I might have better eyesight were it not for you; however, I regret not one page or line.
Ken
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark visits he’s Aunt Benna in the jungle of Baladora after co-worker Carolyn had visited the family home with a small shrunken head.
As during that visit Mark noticed the head glowing, this means he has ‘Jungle Magic’.

A highly enjoyable action adventure style story in the series, plenty of fun cliffhangers involving ants, quicksand etc...
A fun Goosebumps book!
Evan Macrone (Will Work For Books)
Oct 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I would rather pour acid into my eye sockets than recommend this shit
Shelves: dog-crap
(WARNING, REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS-as if you f***ing care)
Ok, so after seeing what an atrocity Attack of the Jack-O-Lanterns was, I decided to revisit a bunch of randomly selected Goosebumps book that are collecting dust on my shelf. Anyway, on to the review.

I think a part of me died after reading this. This might just be the worst piece of trash book I’ve ever had the displeasure of reading. I know that puts it up against competition like Attack of the Jack-O-Lanterns
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Evelyn Medina
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I could ever give any of these books a bad review just because I'm SO ATTACHED to them! It was so much fun reading this and while of course it's not the best writing, I mean it's goosebumps...come on, it was still such a good time! Getting lost in this fun and lighthearted story was such a treat! I can't wait to re-read more of these!
Carmen
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
Wow, this book was so COOL!!!!

I stared at a head.

A human head, wrinkled and leathery. About the size of a tennis ball.

The pale, dry lips were pulled back in a sneer. The neck was stitched closed with heavy black string. The eyes - solid black eyes - stared up at me.

A shrunken head. A real shrunken head.


Mark barely remembers his Aunt Benna. She has been working for the last 12 years on the jungle island of Baladora - he hasn't seen her since he was/>I
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Williesun
I didn't just read this because I suddenly wanted to but for Snark Squad and it was my first Goosebumps book. I was more of an Enid Blyton reader as a kid which dampened my experience with this book a bit since I was surprised by how simple it actually was.

However, it was perfect for the purpose of blogging about it, so here's the link to the post: http://www.snarksquad.com/2016/07/goo...
it'chy
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
it's definitely getting better
Rae Lake
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Alexa
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really good. It makes you want to keep on getting more and more of this series. This book will also make you feel like you absolutely need to read it again. This book has a lit of juicy details that really makes the book interesting and pulls it all together. It has interesting parts when you want to ask questions to. You won’t want to put this book down. Probably my all time favorite book yet!!
Invisible reader
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This I think is my favorite so far it makes me excited to continue with the Goosebumps books
Susan
Fun story. Really had a good sense of place (jungle) in this one. However, the big twist at the end really wasn't that big, at least for me. It just kind of petered out with no shock value per usual. Still enjoyable nevertheless.
Angel Gomez-Estrada
The book “How I Got My Shrunken Head,” part of the Goosebumps series by R.L.Stine, was a good book that hooked me in and made me always want to turn the page to see what happened next to the characters. The book always painted a picture in my mind and gave me a clear thought on what the author was saying through the book. In the book, Mark, the main character really liked jungle games and in general, the jungle itself. One day, a lady named Carolyn brought a real head to Mark and he really liked ...more
Joseph
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goosebumps How I Got My Shrunken Head is a very interesting book about a boy named Mark that has gotten a visitor from th jungle of Baladora. Mark is told to go to the jungle with Carolyn. When he is there he is told he has jungle magic and that his shrunken head does it. One day he reads his lost Aunt's diary and finds out two people are going to kill her so he decides to go off into the jungle to find his ant Benna. I would countinue but no spoilers. This was an amazing and interesting book th ...more
joaquín
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like REAL Goosebumps
Recommended to joaquín by: A kid in my class
Usually the endings of Goosebumps books are random, stupid, and, quite honestly, totally ruin the entire rest of the book. Usually.

When I first started reading How I Got My Shrunken Head (or Como Consegui Mi Cabeza Humana Reducida, I was totally sure it was going to be one of the terrible Goosebumps books.

It had all the traits; a cool backstory, lots of super nostalgic moments, and something for the main character to obsess over. (in this case, it was Mark's computer game)

That's why I was
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David Santos
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
What kind of person would give a real shrunken head to a little boy? You might get arrested for that. And who in their right mind would let their child keep such an ugly little green thing? Anywho this is really hard to review without giving away spoilers, because the book starts off innocently enough with Mark being obsessed with a computer game. Then someone shows up at the door with a gift from his aunt. When you first look at the cover. You see the ugly green goop and read the title you thin ...more
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
I never read the Goosebumps books as a kid and had to pick one for The BIG reads challenge and thought that this one sounded good.

The chapters were only 3 to 5 pages long and the entire book was only 119 pages so it didn't take me very long to read as the text was quite large.

The story is told through the point of view of a twelve year old boy who has a fascination with all things jungle. When someone comes to his house to take him to see his Aunt and gives him a shrunken
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Connie
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Title: How I Got My Shrunken Head
Series: Goosebumps #39
Author: R.L. Stine
Overall Rating: 3.8 stars

Mark owns a shrunken head, cool right? He's also obsessed with a game called Jungle King which simulates living in the jungle but when he gets the opportunity to visit his aunt in a real life jungle, he's never been so excited. However, things aren't always as they seem and Mark suddenly finds himself in a world of magi/>/>/>/>
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Maddie
Feb 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My main purpose for reading this book was for the Snakes and Ladders Challenge because it has a green cover.
I liked this book because the chapters were really short (3-5 pages) and the length was short (119 pages) so it didn't take me long at all to read this book.
I liked the main character, Mark, because he's described as chubby and short, when normally the main character's hot and tall.
I thought it was stupid of Mark to trust (view spoiler) ...more
Glenn Smith
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Currently rereading my original Goosebumps collection

The idea of "Jungle Magic" was too farfetched for my liking. This book didn't really scare me and don't even get me started on the ending! Not one of the better books in the series.

Read from October 18, 2013 - October 18, 2013
Krystal
Yesssss this was one of the best Goosebumps from beyond #20! It was so bizarre and weird but had that creepy cool historical, ancient civilisation kinda vibe and it was pretty great.

Super weird and creepy, but great.
Tiffany Spencer
How I Got My Shrunken Head
Plot: Kahleeah, is often the victorious catchphrase Mark uses in a burst of happiness when for example scoring high on his favorite video game "Jungle King". It's just a word he made up when he was smaller. Or so he thinks? Little does he know he's about to be smack dab in the middle of his own jungle adventure. And it all begins with a mysterious woman showing up that offers him a trip to see his aunt Beena, who's been working in the jungle making discoveries of
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Eric
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading Goosebumps books when I was 6 and stuck with it until the bitter end (of the original series, at least) 4 years later. Even though I was younger than the main characters in these books for the entire time I was reading them (typical Goosebumps protagonist is 12), I distinctly remember pretty often rolling my eyes at their cowardliness. I don't mean I judged them for running away from legitimate danger; I mean these kids break into a cold sweat when their obnoxious (younger sibl ...more
Akash
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book was so COOL!!!!

I stared at a head.

A human head, wrinkled and leathery. About the size of a tennis ball.

The pale, dry lips were pulled back in a sneer. The neck was stitched closed with heavy black string. The eyes - solid black eyes - stared up at me.

A shrunken head. A real shrunken head.

Mark barely remembers his Aunt Benna. She has been working for the last 12 years on the jungle island of Baladora - he hasn't seen her s
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Julia
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was actually better than I thought it would be. The book starts out with this kid who receives a shrunken head from some lady that comes to his door. He finds out the lady who delivered the shrunken head to him works in some jungle with his aunt Benna. That night something mysterious happens with the shrunken head that leads everyone to believe that he is crazy and he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. In the morning while eating breakfast with his mom, sister, and the lady that gav ...more
Arkham Reviews
How I Got My Shrunken Head was a bit of a forgettable addition to the series. While not actively a bad story, I did get to the end and feel that it had not really accomplished much. The story is very akin to the two "Mummy" stories, in that it felt like more of an adventure story than a horror story. Mark is whisked off to a remote jungle island by a complete stranger (his Mum really should ask more questions), has a brief evening of adventuring in the jungle, and saves the day using ill defined ...more
Robert
I am hesitant to say it was the best, but it was certainly one of the better Goosebumps books I have read. There was an interesting plot. There was some actual horror. There were bad guys.

As I was reading this I thought I saw how this was going to materialize. Then I paused: Goosebumps don't go in that direction. But this one did.

Mark is obsessed with jungles. He loves playing a particular video game based on jungles. The game has shrunken heads. Then a lady shows up at M
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Ursula
One of the better goosebumps books in my humble opinion. Though I do very much lie the goosebumps series as a whole and would recommend them, I was surprised on how different they are. Variety in a book series is good! Especially in a 62 book long series. But I have been surprised by books about bees or the abominable snowman or a super competitive summer camp. Some of the ones that surprised me I enjoyed quite a bit. Others I was a little disappointed by the books not being about swamp monsters ...more
Andrea Garcia
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goosebumps: How I got my shrunken head by R.L stine is an easy read and detailed book. This book is an easy read book because there is no hard words and it’s a book that you can understand really clearly. This book is very detailed too. Every time a character feels a certain way,it is a very detailed the way he describes it. For example when a person feels like they have been sucked into the sand. He describes the way the person is feeling and the way the things around that character sound and f ...more
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Coyer Summer Bash
In this novel we meet a young boy who is obsessed with a Jungle themed video game. When a woman turns up on his family's doorstep he finds himself off to the actual jungle to visit is scientist aunt. Things go bad quiet quickly and the boy's only hope is a magic he holds inside of himself. I'm enjoying reading these books as an adult, they are easy reads and creepily fun
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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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