Book Review: Goosebumps Most Wanted #1: Planet of the Lawn Gnomes by R. L. Stine

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Young and old alike will enjoy this new series. Scary, creepy and suspenseful it will leave you wondering who else will turn up on R.L. Stine’s Most Wanted list.

From Goodreads:
Jay Gardner is a mischievous kid who can’t stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, Jay gets in so much trouble, his family is forced to move. The new neighborhood offers Jay a chance at a fresh start. But there’s something odd about Jay’s new town. Why does everyone have lawn gnomes in front of their homes? And why is everyone afraid to go outside at night? The lawn gnomes don’t come to life at night-do they? Jay is about to learn that mischief can quickly turn to horror.

Jay is a 12-year-old boy who loves doing science experiments. Despite his efforts to be good, Jay finds himself in all kinds of trouble and the Lawn Gnomes are just the beginning.

This was my first time reading a Goosebumps book. My youngest son has read every single one and now I know why he has loved them so much.
The author intro is fantastic and really catches your attention. The author talking directly to the reader is a smart way of making the story seem like something meant just for you.

Even though it’s children’s fiction, I found, as an adult, I really enjoyed this book. It contained lots of twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting. The pace and momentum quickened, the suspense and mystery building, as the story continued. It’s rare to read a book where the ending is a complete surprise.

Here’s what my 13-year-old son had to say about it:

I really like the main character, Jay. He was very curious and always looking for adventure. The most interesting characters were the Lawn Gnomes. They were totally creepy and mean and their true nature was unexpected. My favorite part of the book was the ending. Very suspenseful! I liked how the book ended with a cliffhanger. I like that you can read these books quickly. I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Side Note: R. L. Stine is one the authors appearing at the National Book Festival this upcoming weekend. We are really looking forward to hearing him speak and we’re hoping to get a book signed. Be sure to check out Lonely Owl Books next week for blog updates on the National Book Festival.

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This book was provided for review by Netgalley.

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