It's the First Day of School...Forever! [NOOK Book]

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On the first day of school, Artie falls out of his bed and hits his head. Hard. He tells his mom he's dizzy and she says, "You're just worried about your first day in a new school."
 
At breakfast, his little brother, Eddie, splashes syrup in his hair, and there's no time to wash it. Artie has to go to school with syrup-hair. And then, on the way there, he gets splashed...

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Overview


On the first day of school, Artie falls out of his bed and hits his head. Hard. He tells his mom he's dizzy and she says, "You're just worried about your first day in a new school."
 
At breakfast, his little brother, Eddie, splashes syrup in his hair, and there's no time to wash it. Artie has to go to school with syrup-hair. And then, on the way there, he gets splashed by a puddle that makes him look like he wet his pants. It's not just the first day of school; it's the worst day of school.
 
On the second day of school, Artie falls out of bed and hits his head. Hard. He tells his mom he's dizzy and she says, "You're just worried about your first day in a new school."
 
Huh? Today is just like the day before. Can Artie find a way to change it, before it's the first day of school…forever?
 
"A fast and goofy romp" (Booklist) that "delivers the hilarity and horror that readers love" (School Library Journal), from the master of children's horror, R.L. Stine.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Blending comedy with his trademark brand of bestselling horror, Stine's take on a Groundhog Day–style premise stars a fifth grader stuck reliving his disastrous first day at a new school. Arriving at school with syrup in his hair and the front of his jeans soaked, Artie discovers he's been followed by his dog, who tears the principal's suit. Like falling dominoes, a sequence of debacles follows: Artie hits a popular boy with a baseball (and later causes him to fall and break his leg), lets the valuable class scorpion escape, has a spaghetti-related accident at lunch, and wanders into the girls' bathroom. There's some expected repetition as Artie's day replays, but Stine's embellishments—including plenty of chapter cliffhangers and a twist ending—keep things wickedly funny (Artie is a ready source of quips and one-liners) and increasingly ghoulish (on the second go-round, the dog bites the principal's hand; later, he bites the hand off). After bearing witness to the injuries, humiliations, and terrors that Artie faces, even readers' toughest days at school will feel like a breeze. Ages 9–12. (July)
From the Publisher
"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

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Artie wakes on the first day of school eager to begin at his new school. He is more than prepared to make a good first impression, but almost immediately his preparations are thwarted by circumstances beyond his control. His favorite outfit, designed to be funny and clever, is ruined when his little brother spills syrup all over him. His walk to school is ruined when he has to walk his younger brother to kindergarten and gets splashed by his brother and a huge truck that leaves his pants soaking wet. His introduction to the principal, the most popular kid in school, and the prettiest girl in school are ruined by accidental injuries. Artie is more than happy to see the day end, but when he wakes up the next day, it is the first day of school all over again and everything goes wrong again. Each day is worse and worse and more terrifying than the next. Artie is helpless to change anything, no matter what he tries. Intriguing and well written, this nightmare inducing novel will appeal to any fan of the "Goose Bump" series of books. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Artie Howard experiences the worst first day of school ever as a new fifth grader at Ardmore Middle School. He hits his head when he falls out of bed in the morning, gets electrocuted, has syrup splashed all over his shirt and hair, his dog bites the pocket of his principal's blazer, he kills his class's pet scorpion, he makes enemies with the most popular guy at school, and he discovers weird happenings in the basement book room. And that's only half of it! To make matters worse, when Artie wakes up the next morning, he is doomed to repeat his first day of school all over again, and each iteration is more bizarre than the last. 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.—Adrienne L. Strock, Maricopa County Library District, AZ
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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429995467
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 132,706
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 400L (what's this?)
  • File size: 604 KB

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

Before R. L. STINE made his name as the Stephen King of children’s literature, he was the author of humorous fiction and an editor of Bananas magazine. He is the bestselling author of more than three hundred books, including the phenomenally bestselling Goosebumps series. It’s the First Day of School . . . Forever! is Stine’s first book with Feiwel and Friends.

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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From It’s the First Day of School . . . Forever:


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?”

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    It's The First Day of School Forever!

    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.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

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    Classic R.L. Stine!

    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!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    The best book ever

    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!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Okay

    A little corney because of the vidio game.Other than that it was nice and scary.Thanks RL Stine

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Ok

    This book is great

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Awesome

    This book is a great book!it after you read a chaptter it makes you want to read more!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Great book

    Good book for ages9-12

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Sorta good

    Stupid waste of money

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    TAP HERE

    If you liked this book read Elwven Birthdays by Wendy Mass.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Luved it

    Luv it would have NEVER have guessed the ending!!!!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Rachel

    I want to read the sample

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    Don't Be Tardy

    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.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    I read this book

    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!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Creepy XD

    I love horror and comedt and Mr. Stine makes the two go together like peanut butter and jelly!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Toats cool

    It was really creepy but awesome

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    It was great

    Nice and good i liked it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    it was a NIGHTMARE!

    Kept gettting worse and worse.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Ohhhhh yeah awesome YEAH

    This book is.........

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Worst book ever

    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

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    It was very good,and the plot was awsome,!!!!but it could have been better

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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