Bad Hare Day (Goosebumps Presents Series #10)

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When Tim Swanson steals a bag of magic tricks from a magician, things start getting a little hairy.

When Tim Swanson discovers his favorite magician is a total grump, he steals his bag of secret, scary tricks.

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Overview

When Tim Swanson steals a bag of magic tricks from a magician, things start getting a little hairy.

When Tim Swanson discovers his favorite magician is a total grump, he steals his bag of secret, scary tricks.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590939607
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Series: Goosebumps Presents Series , #10
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.55 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine
Robert Lawrence Stine began career as an author writing short stories and joke books -- but in the early 1990's, he introduced the wildly popular Goosebumps series. The books sold millions of copies, and made reading frighteningly fun again for kids.

Biography

Goosebumps cast a spell upon children by transforming even the most reluctant students into avid readers. Despite the fact that almost every book has a different collection of characters, the series has one common element that kids can't get enough of: the author!

However believable his plots seem to his readers, Stine insists he has never lived one of his stories. "I've never turned into a bee -- I've never been chased by a mummy or met a ghost. But many of the ideas in my books are suggested by real life. For example, one Halloween my son, Matt, put a mask on and then had trouble pulling it off. That gave me the idea for The Haunted Mask."

Although he never experienced terror first hand, he did enjoy reading about it. "When I was a kid, there were these great comic books called Tales From The Crypt and The Vault of Horror. They were gruesome. I discovered them in the barbershop and thought they were fabulous. I used to get a haircut every Saturday so I wouldn't miss any of these comic books. I had no hair at all when I was a kid!"

His ideas came from two sources: his memory and his imagination. "When I write, I try to think back to what I was afraid of or what was scary to me, and try to put those feelings into books." He also keeps a tribal mask and a skeleton hanging in his writing studio to provide eerie surroundings. Although he handles the writing by himself, Stine says he gets "lots of help from my editors, my readers, and my friends."

Kids reading Goosebumps may be looking for a scare, but the laughs they get are no accident. Before he was R. L., he was Jovial Bob, author of such works as 101 Silly Monster Jokes, and Bozos on Patrol and editor of Bananas magazine. His ability to know what kids will laugh at , as well as what will frighten them, makes the Goosebumps series all the more enjoyable for his readers.

Stine started writing when he was 9 years old! He would write stories and jokes on an old typewriter and hand them out at school. "The teacher would grab them and take them away," Stine says, "but I kept doing it." He wrote for his high school newspaper in Columbus Ohio. After graduating from Ohio State University, he moved to New York City, where he worked on a variety of writing jobs.

Although his books are fun and exciting, writing them is serious stuff. He treats writing "...like a job." To unwind after work he enjoys playing the pinball machine conveniently located in his own apartment.

For aspiring authors, Stine feels reading is as important as writing. He offers this advice: "If you want to be a writer, don't worry so much about writing. Read as much as you can. Read as many different writers as you can. Soak up the styles. You can learn all kinds of ways to say things." As a boy he read Norse legends, Greek myths, Edgar Allan Poe and baseball stories. "And Mad Magazine changed my life." Author biography courtesy of Scholastic, Inc.

Good To Know

In our interview with Stine, he shared some fun and fascinating facts with us:

"My first job in New York was making up fake interviews with movie and TV stars for a group of six movie magazines. I never spoke to the stars I wrote about. I wrote three-to-four "interviews" a day, all out of my imagination."

"'I've written over 300 books but I never learned to type. I use only one finger, the pointer on my left hand -- that's all. Three hundred books on one finger! The finger is very ugly now -- completely bent and curled and callused. When I show it to audiences, they can't believe it! This is my sacrifice for my art!"

"Sometimes kids show up at my country house and ask if my son Matt can come out and play. That's because they saw him mentioned in the back of my books. But they're very disappointed when he comes to the door -- because Matt is in his mid-twenties now! They were reading very old books! Matt is a musician, composer, and sound designer. You can hear his music at my web site, www.rlstine.com."

"I hope my readers get a chance to see my 4-D movie, R. L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse. The movie stars Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Lea Thompson, Weird Al, and others. You can find it playing at four parks: SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Virginia. Watch out -- you might get very wet!"

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robert Lawrence Stine; Jovial Bob Stine
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 8, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      Columbus, Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Ohio State University, 1965
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    Bad Hare Day

    With in R. L. Stine¿s book series, Goosebumps, there is a book called Bad Hare Day. This is a very interesting quick read that really surprises you in some parts. If you are into magic or books with a twist this is the book for you. In the book there is a young boy named Tim Swanson that is very interested in magic tricks and illusions. He tries tricks on people but they are all too amateur. Tim is desperate to but new tricks from the magic store, but they are all too expensive. Tim finds out that his hero of magic, Amaz-O, is doing a gig at the Midnight Mansion is his neighborhood. He goes to the show and is amazed by it all, but the end wasn¿t exactly what he thought it would be. Tim finds that magicians and famous people are not what they seem to be in public. He then does something that he will regret for a long time. In the end Tim is very excited considering he gets join the team for the rest of his life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    funny

    this book was great!it was not scary but very funny ilove the part where fuz is like'a wizard named frank' and then the bunnys like'your names fuz and your making fun of a guy named frank thats real sad'i had to put the book down so i didnt lose my page while i was laughing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2007

    Worst Goosebumps Book!

    This book is BIG disappointment for Goosbumps lovers. It has a silly plot and its not frightening even for the most timid of people! If you like Goosbumps, DON'T READ THIS!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    AN EXTREMELY GREAT BOOK!

    This book is so awesome! It gave me chills all night long. If your in for a good scare, I recomend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2004

    AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!! GOOD MUST READ!

    THIS BOOK WAS SO GREAT!!! I READ THIS BOOK A FEW MONTHS AGO. I LIKE TIM'S SISTER. SHE IS LIKE ALL LITTLE SISTERS. TIM DESERVES ALL THE MEAN STUFF SHE DOES TO HIM. WELL THERE IS COOL THINGS IN THIS BOOK. MY FAVORITE PART IS WHERE TIM PLAYS WITH THE MAGIC TRICKS. AND ALL THE MAGIC SNAKES ATTACK HIM. IT WAS GREAT. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2001

    the headless ghost

    stephanie and duane are the twin terrors of wheeler falls. they love scaring all the kids in the neighbourhood. but they're bored with all that now. so they're going to visit hill house...

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