Book review: Slappy New Year!

Kylee Brown, Staff writer

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Slappy New Year, by R.L Stine, is part of the Goosebumps series. This book starts off with Ray and Brandon spending their first time at HorrorLand, where Ray is hoping to be frightened more, while Brandon protests, as he was afraid of pretty much everything. A strange man, introducing himself as Seymour Winn-Doe, shares about a new attraction he’s just finished building. Excited, Ray follows along with Brandon.

This special attraction is a Hall of Mirrors. When inside, the boys’ reflections disappear and laugh. When they are finally outside, they ask Winn-Doe how he accomplished this terrifying feat, but he is confused by their questions.

In fear, Ray and Brandon run from the man and end up hiding out in the gift shop, where Ray finds a ventriloquist dummy named Slappy. Ray and Brandon’s trip is cut short due to Brandon complaining about what HorrorLand has in store. Ray becomes annoyed with Brandon and scares him with the new dummy.

Mr. and Mrs. Gordon warn Ray that if he doesn’t quit torturing Brandon, then he won’t be able to have the New Year’s Eve party that he had planned with his friend for their whole class.

Later, Ray is writing down some of his New Year’s resolutions when his friend Elena came by. She notices that Slappy had a piece of paper that had ancient words on it to bring him to life. Brandon freaks out and tells them not to read the words. Ray and Elena just laugh at him. After Elena leaves, Ray continues with his resolutions. He, however, grows curious and bored and decides to “bring Slappy to life”.

The dummy starts to terrorize Ray’s family. Nobody believes Ray when he tells them it isn’t him doing it. The boys then come up with a way to get rid of the dummy. They manage to throw the dummy into a grinding garbage truck and are able to have the New Year’s Eve party. Slappy, beaten and dirty, shows up at the party and starts wreaking havoc. Ray manages to read the ancient words again, putting Slappy back in a sleep.

R.L Stine is known for horror, so it’s no surprise how this book turned out.

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