Close

Login

Close

Register

Close

Lost Password

Book Review

Publisher's Note:

THE GOOSEBUMPS MOVIE captures the chills, thrills, and giggles of Scholastic's original bestselling series. Jack Black stars as author R. L. Stine. Zach, 16, has just moved from NYC to a creepy small town. He soon realizes his new neighbor, Hannah (also 16), is in danger. When he tries to rescue her, he accidentally unleashes the monsters created and brought to life by her writer father, R.L. Stine. Now it's up to Zach, Hannah, and Stine to get the monsters back in their books where they belong. Can they stop the monsters...for good? Packed with over 45 pictures from the movie! This title is geared toward kids ages 7-9.…

Overall Book Review:

Night of the Living Monsters is based on the Goosebumps movie and is basically a slimmed-down version of that story, sanitized even further than the already kid-friendly popular horror flick. The story is simple and straight-forward, and this might be a good choice for kids who would like to enjoy the story but are young enough that the movie could potentially be frightening. The book does not contain any of the spine-tingling creepiness of R. L. Stine’s original Goosebumps series upon which the movie is based.

The brevity of this book does not allow any room for character development beyond a bare minimum. The simplicity of the story and the lack of descriptive text is bolstered by the pictures, which are scenes from the movie. These pictures add a feeling of action that would otherwise be lacking. This book would be a good choice for a younger middle grader who is old enough to feel grown-up by reading a scary book…but young enough to not want to actually be scared by it.


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  A few verbal threats; a character jokingly asks if another character is planning to kill him; character swings a baseball bat at others, but misses; a monster throws a heavy object at characters; property damage to a wide area; a few vehicles are destroyed; people are frozen in ice; characters have a few fights with monsters using improvised weapons; monsters chase characters; a character gives orders to others to kill people; a character’s hands are broken (not described other than a “crunch”); a character is consumed whole by a monster; a Ferris wheel breaks and rolls with character aboard. Several of the pictures in the book contain images of monsters such as a werewolf, zombies, a creepy clown, and an ape-like creature.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

Bullying, paranormal.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
0
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
2
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
0
10

Share This Post

About the Reviewer

My taste in literature leans heavily towards sci-fi, fantasy, and (my favorite) horror, and the latter can present some fairly murky waters for parents to let their children explore. I enjoy novels of both the standard and graphic varieties. Since those genres, and graphic novels in particular, tend to appeal to boys, I hope that I can help other Boy Mommies in their quest to find books that their little video gamers--I mean, future bibliophiles will read and enjoy. When I am not reading, I enjoy tabletop role-playing games, video games, and singing karaoke. I have a wonderful husband who lets me indulge my reading habit by sharing the housework and being a great dad to our genius kids and their faithful hound.