The Good, the Bad and the Very Slimy (Rotten School Series #3) [NOOK Book]


April-May June Loves Bernie Bridges . . . she just doesn't know it yet.

She's the coolest hottest girl in the school and Bernie thinks she should go to the dance with him.

April-May won't even be seen with Bernie because he's such a troublemaker.

So Bernie makes her a promise—a really scary promise. He says he'll stay out of trouble for a whole week if she promises to go to...

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April-May June Loves Bernie Bridges . . . she just doesn't know it yet.

She's the coolest hottest girl in the school and Bernie thinks she should go to the dance with him.

April-May won't even be seen with Bernie because he's such a troublemaker.

So Bernie makes her a promise—a really scary promise. He says he'll stay out of trouble for a whole week if she promises to go to the dance with him.

Bernie is shaking, quivering, quaking. Can he turn into a goody-goody—especially when it's time for the famous (against the rules!) super slimy slug race?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
What kid would not want to go to a school where the motto is "Growth, Learning, Pizza?" Rotten School is the place--there is a great map at the front of the book showing the layout of the campus. This is a boarding school where there are no parents. Bernie Bridges leads readers through the book, often with his champion racing slug Sluggo in his pocket, telling how and why he decides to change his behavior and personality for an entire week. This means he must change behavior which is mischievous, smart alecky, and pretty darn rotten most of the time. Why on earth would he want to do this? To have the company of one very cute fourth grade girl named April-May-June at a dance. The problem is, it is turning out to be a lot harder than he originally anticipated. There is a page of goofy stickers in the back of the book. This is the part of the "Rotten School" series, which includes the titles The Big Blueberry Barf-Off and The Great Smelling Bee. The author lives in New York City and is well known for his scary book series, such as "Goosebumps" and "Fear Street." Recommended. 2005, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 8 to 12.
—Cindy L. Carolan
Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
Fourth-grader Bernie Bridges has always been known as a troublemaker at his boarding school, happier racing his pet slug than applying himself in class, but now he is determined to change his reputation. He wants to reform himself to win the heart of his true love, April-May June, while avoiding the attentions of the odious Jennifer Ecch. April-May promises to go to the dance party with Bernie if he can stay out of trouble for a week, and show he is a better student than his rival, spoiled, rich Sherman Oaks. Bernie sets himself to studying, in between trying to show off for April-May, but Sherman comes up with a scheme to foil Bernie's plans. Undaunted, Bernie makes a stab at winning the Double-Smart Quiz Bowl and aims to get Sherman in trouble, for a change. This is a silly, rather than scary, offering from Stine, and third and fourth-graders will enjoy the broad, gross-out humor. Illustrated with detailed black and white line drawings, this is book number three in the "Rotten School," series. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061907227
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/14/2009
  • Series: Rotten School Series , #3
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 915,433
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

R.L. Stine began his writing career at the age of nine and has been at it ever since, becoming a bestselling author several times over. Among his many groundbreaking credits are Fear Street, the first young adult horror series, and Goosebumps, the bestselling series that made Stine the #1 bestselling author in America for three years in a row. He lives with his wife in New York City.

Trip Park grew up in Ithaca, New York, and went to college at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was first drawn to advertising. He then moved to Chicago, later New York, where he joined advertising agencies and worked on kids’ favorites including Cap’n Crunch, Gatorade, Kellogg’s, and Ronald McDonald. His children’s commercials have won numerous awards. But advertising also brought something equally as rewarding. There he got to work with some of his favorite illustrators. Watching these artists create their pieces inspired Trip Park to try his hand at illustrating himself.

Trip Park has illustrated a number of children's books including Gopher Up Your Sleeve, written by Tony Johnston, Trout, Trout, Trout! (A Fish Chant) and Ant, Ant, Ant! (An Insect Chant), both written by April Pulley Sayre. He has also developed characters and helped animate commercials for Nickelodeon, The California State Fair, Lego, and many others. When Rotten School came along, the opportunity to translate to the drawing board R.L. Stine’s cast of kids was a wonderful chance to combine his love for children’s illustration with this group of rotten students. His work can be seen at

Trip lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laura and four children.


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 " 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,"

"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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Rotten School #3: The Good, the Bad and the Very Slimy

Chapter One

A Brand-New Bernie

You are probably wondering why I—Bernie Bridges—decided to change my behavior, change my personality, and become a whole new kid.

A new Bernie Bridges! It's a frightening thought—isn't it?

Especially since the old Bernie Bridges was perfect!

Well, the new Bernie Bridges had to be even perfecter. You'll see why. . . .

Don't get me wrong. I think life is great here at the Rotten School. I think all kids should go to boarding school and live away from home.

My buddies and I live in an old house at the back of the campus, called Rotten House. No parents! It's a terrific life.

Of course, we do have some problems with those goody-goody kids who live in the dorm across from us. It's called Nyce House. What kind of geek would live in a place called Nyce House?

But, I'm getting away from my story. And I know you're very eager to hear my story—since it's all about me. . . .

It started one night after dinner in the Student Center. That's where my guys and I go every night to shoot some pool, play video games, and hang out.

I was hurrying to the game room. Tuesday night is slug race night, and I was late. I had Sluggo, my racing slug, wrapped up safely in my shirt pocket.

I carried Sluggo into the game room and started to unwrap his little velvet blanket. The guys were waiting around the pool table.

I saw my pals Feenman and Crench standing behind me. They were holding up signs to cheer us on.

"Hey, Bernie,you're late," Feenman cried.

"No problem," I said, rolling my big slug around in my hand. "Sluggo is feeling strong tonight. And fast. Aren't you, Sluggo?"

He oozed a warm liquid into my hand. I guess he was trying to answer me.

That spoiled brat, Sherman Oaks—my arch- enemy—grinned across the table at me. He was petting a fat, silvery slug.

He had his buddies from the Nyce House dorm with him.

The big, beefy hulk, Joe Sweety, leaned over the table, putting his slug through its warm-up exercises. Wes Updood stood next to him, tossing his slug up in the air and catching it.

My friend Beast flashed me a thumbs-up. Beast is very big and very hairy. He grunts a lot, and sometimes he walks on all fours. But we're pretty sure he's human. (At least 80 percent human.)

Nosebleed, another kid from my dorm, leaned against the wall with his head tilted back, trying to stop a nosebleed.

I set Sluggo down on the table and started to give him a rubdown. We all train our own slugs. We race them from one end of the pool table to the other. Sometimes the slugs forget they are in a race. So we poke them with toothpicks to keep them moving. (They don't seem to mind.)

I turned to Sherman. "Sluggo has won five races in a row," I said. "He's going to leave your new slug in his slime trail."

Sherman shook his perfect, wavy blond hair. "I don't think so, Bernie. I brought a secret weapon tonight."

He plopped a white paper bag on the table—and pulled out a big hunk of raw meat. "Hamburger," he said. "It's gone rotten. See? It's turning green and purple. My slug, Godzilla, loves it. I put the spoiled meat at the end of the table. And Godzilla races his heart out to get to it."

"Yuck! It stinks!" Feenman and Crench both cried. They covered their noses. "It's covered with maggots! Get it out of here!"

"This is top-grade sirloin," Sherman bragged. "Nothing but the best rotten meat for Godzilla."

I shook my head. "Sluggo still wins," I said. "He's a vegetarian. He doesn't care about rotten meat."

I lined Sluggo up at the edge of the table. The big guy was eager to race. "Put up your money, dudes," I said. We each bet five dollars. It's winner-take-all—and we know who the winner will be!

Sherman plopped the pukey hunk of beef at the far end of the pool table. Then he placed his fat slug next to mine. Now all six slugs were lined up.

"Ready . . . ," I called out. "Set . . . "

The game room door burst open.

We all spun around.

There stood Mrs. Heinie, our teacher, hands on her hips, her eyes bulging in horror behind those two-inch-thick glasses she wears.

"What on earth are you boys doing?" she shrieked.

Rotten School #3: The Good, the Bad and the Very Slimy. Copyright © by R.L. Stine. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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