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“Artie is pretty lovable. You have to root for this kid who is trying to do everything right, but ends up doing everything wrong, even when he’s lived through it once or twice.” – 5 Minutes for Books
“An engaging and welcome addition to children’s library audiobook collections, highly recommended.” – The Midwest Book Review
"Stine takes the normal anxieties of childhood—in this case, the first day at a new school—and blends exaggerated humor with a few equally exaggerated moments of horror in a fast and goofy romp. Lots of fun for Stine fans.” —Booklist
“As usual, Stine delivers the hilarity and horror that readers love, and his mastery of sustaining mood will not disappoint. The humor and descriptive first, first day of school allow for faster pacing in the subsequent days, and kids will love the twist at the end.” —SLJ
“Stine's signature blend of horror and humor, combined with an unexpected ending, offers a fresh view on a familiar idea.” -ABC New York
“The genuinely scary encounters in Ardmore’s basement will get kids racing through the pages. And the surprising twist in the end provides the just right explanation for it all.” –ReadKiddoRead.com
“R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series, brings his unique blend of storytelling, suspense, humor and horror to It’s the First Day of School . . . Forever! . . . . Stine’s many fans will not be disappointed in this book, and anyone who likes mysteries, humor or scary books will enjoy it as well.” —BookPage
“Stine excels in describing events every school child fears. His young fans will find this one a satisfying read.” –TeensReadToo.com
“A preteen horror take on Groundhog Day . . . . Great fun as ever, supplied by genre’s most prolific and reliable master.” –Kirkus Reviews
A preteen horror take onGroundhog Day.
Artie's first day at Ardmore Middle School starts off badly: Before he even leaves the house he's fallen out of bed, zapped himself plugging in the cellphone charger and been squirted with syrup by his little brother. It gets so radically worse that by the afternoon he's received the dismaying news that a gang has been dispatched to beat him up on the way home at the Principal's request. Before that can happen, to his astonishment, he's suddenly waking up in bed. Was it a dream? Hard to say, because again he falls out of bed, zaps himself, gets squirted and goes on to another first day that is nearly the same but even more disastrous. And then again. Each round gets shorter but weirder as Artie's struggles to head off catastrophes he knows are coming lead to bizarre accidents, wild chases, scary discoveries in the school's dank, dark basement and, at last, a truly memorable encounter with an oversized custodian who disintegrates into a pack of weasels. After that, it's almost a letdown when Stine explains Artie's misadventures with a logical and obvious revelation.
Great fun as ever, supplied by genre's most prolific and reliable master.(Humorous horror fantasy. 9-11)
I started to climb the stone steps that led to the white double doors at the entrance. I was halfway up when I recognized the man in the brown suit at the top.
He was Mr. Jenks, the principal. I’d met him when Mom and Dad brought me to see my new school for the first time. He was shaking hands and greeting every student.
“Artie, hello,” he said. He reached out and shook my hand. I smelled peppermint on his breath. “Welcome to Ardmore.”
I was nearly through the front door when I heard a commotion behind me. Kids shouted. A dog barked. “Huh?” I spun around and instantly recognized the big dog racing up the stairs. “Wowser?” Oh no. he followed me to school. “Wowser—down!” I shouted. But the dog never listens to me. I watched helplessly as the giant monster dog—my giant monster dog—tretched onto his hind legs. Leaped onto Mr. Jinks. Licked the principal’s face. Pawed his shoulders, leaving big mud stains all over.
Then I heard a loud RRRRIPPPP as Wowser tore the jacket pocket right off the principal’s brown suit.
Mr. Jenk’s face turned bright red. “Artie,” he said softly. “Is this your dog?”
Posted October 29, 2011
This is a great book! It's about a kid named Artie going to a new school. And he keeps reliving his horrible first day over and over again! Plus, I never would've suspected what happened at the end. It made me want to read more! You have to read this book.
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Posted July 8, 2011
Artie Howard is having some trouble on his first day of fifth grade. It starts with him falling out of bed and gets much worse after that. Everything he does at school seems to go terribly, horribly wrong. He makes enemies of the biggest and scariest boy in school, loses the class pet, and gets creepy warnings from the principal. And just when he thinks he may have made it through the worst day of his life, he starts it all over again!
Ahhh.... R.L. Stine. Does middle-grade horror get any better than this? I think not. As a long time (my whole life, practically) fan of Mr. Stine, I am always stoked when he writes another book. This time, it is his first with Feiwel and Friends, and I certainly hope this is the start of a great publishing relationship! The story was pure, classic Stine. Short chapters, with cliffhangers at the end of every one of them. Spooky imagery and tense scenes. Artie was humorous and likeable, even when he got into all of those accidents. And the twist ending will make young readers gasp with surprise, before they laugh at the brilliance of it!
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Posted January 8, 2012
This is a great book it has all the parts that a good reader would want to have in a book its so instering that youll always want to read more!
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Wow, I think I must have gone to the same school. I have certainly felt many of the same fears on my first day at a new school. Leave it to R.L. Stine to take things to the extreme and make everything seem impossibly creepy. If you like Stine's books, you will certainly welcome this new addition. If you haven't tried him, this strange tale with a twist ending will be a good book to start with. This book provided for review by the well read folks at Feiwel and Friends an imprint of Macmillan.
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Posted January 28, 2014
Whene i read this story i could not put it down, it was scary and suspensful , but his first " day" at school just keeps getting worse and worse!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted November 14, 2012
Cant stand read this when i was ten and it is horrible do not buy waste of money i say the book is for 5-7 year olds SUCKS
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Posted May 21, 2012