Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Werewolf of Fever Swamp by R.L. Stine


The Werewolf of Fever Swamp
Goosebumps Series
by: R.L. Stine


The Werewolf of Fever Swamp is my daughter's (as well as my) first time reading any of the books in the Goosebumps series. She just turned 6, last month, and the only chapter type books we have read, thus far, are the Magic Tree House books. During our last trip to Barnes and Noble, I told her that she could pick out a few books to kick off some great summer reading. This was one that she picked out - much to my excitement, lol.


Grady and his family have recently moved to Fever Swamp. His parents are both Scientists and his Dad has decided to do some research on South American swamp deer, thus the reason for moving to Florida - and the swamp.
It's not long before hair-raising howling, echoes through the area, bringing not only chills, but questions of a possible....werewolf?! Does the dog that suddenly shows up at Grady's house have anything to do with the horrible things happening? Or perhaps it is the swamp hermit, who has a way of showing up at odd times, when the kids are walking through the swamp area. Whatever the cause, the one thing that is without a doubt - when the moon is full, the only safe place to be is behind locked doors.


With a hint of scariness and mystery, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp is a great first exposure to the suspense horror genre for children. The author has a wonderful way of ending each chapter with suspense, leaving the reader wanting to continue until the very last page. My daughter and I read this in a very short time and each time we had to stop, she would give a groan of protest. At the end of this book, there was a teaser (first chapter) of another Goosebumps book titled It Came From Beneath the Sink. We read this and needless to say, will be making it a purchase in the very near future!
* ages 9 - 12*
**123 pgs**

3 comments:

J. Kaye Oldner

My daughter loves-loves-loves these books...lol! At one time, I was forcing her to read other books because this is all she had in her book bag...lol!

April

LOL, isn't it great that there are books that can do such an awesome job engrossing children?! I think that being a children's/YA author is a wonderous thing - to be able to write something that captures their attention in such a media stimulated world (i.e. t.v., video games, etc)is so great.

Billy Burgess

I grew up reading R.L. Stine books. I still collect them.