He’s sold more than 400 million books.
Several dozen of them still fill shelves in my home.
The books may be tattered and dusty now. But the stories are not forgotten.
Author R.L. Stine knows how to spin a tale, and with Goosebumps he did more than just scare.
He jolted our imaginations, and in the process, made more than a few kids fall in love with reading.
So with Halloween fast-approaching, it’s only befitting that Stine’s ingenious characters–a diabolical dummy, a wicked werewolf, a shocking snowman, a ghoulish ghost, plus ghastly garden gnomes and bad (very bad) bugs, to name a few—are given the opportunity to come to the big screen.
Such memorable, malicious monsters can be frightening…and thoroughly rollicking, too.
With Jack Black portraying Stine and doing voiceovers for Slappy and the Invisible Boy, the fun has only just begun.
The Goosebumps storyline is simple. With monsters on the loose, a town is terrified. The twist: Stine himself must come to the rescue, along with a little help from an endearing trio of teens. (Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush and Ryan Lee.)
As the quintessential sidekick to high school hero Minnette, Lee ’s comic take on just about everything adds an abundance of laughs to Black’s suave humor. While Minnette and Rush offer a wholesome look at friendship–and first love–that will earn any parent’s stamp of approval.
(Parents, you won’t have to be afraid of taking your young uns to this one.)
After an exhilarating battle between man and monster, in the end, well maybe it’s best not to give that away…
If you grew up on Goosebumps, this movie will probably be a welcome walk down Memory Lane. The chills and thrills you experienced as a child are jam-packed in this flick.
But beware, nostalgia can be awfully powerful.
If you and your little ones are newbies to this phenom, never fear, the great thing about Goosebumps is that when it’s all over you’ll still be around to tell about it!
Yet beyond the fiendish foes out to destroy, Goosebumps (especially the books) are chock full of important life lessons that children (and adults) would do well to heed.
Here are a few of the most memorable ones:
- Be cautious! Things (and people) are not always what they appear to be… (Remember all those monsters that went about masquerading as genteel folk before they were discovered!)
- Sometimes kids should be heard! (Oftentimes, it was youngsters who tried to warn adults about the perils that were awaiting everyone…)
- When surrounded by depraved, disgusting leeches (non-human or not), don’t just stand there…RUN!
- Never give up! Inch by inch, step by step, little by little, the totality of one’s efforts and experiences do add up. Addends matter.
- Brilliance is not always recognized. Ever hear of Tim Jacobus? He’s the artist who illustrated the covers of some 100 Goosebumps books.
- Fear is fun! (Sometimes…)
- Be particularly careful when making choices (i.e. Avoid doing stupid things.) or you may wind up becoming a Jack-O’-Lantern…