Shake, Rattle, and Hurl! (Rotten School Series #5)

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Chipmunk is so shy . . .

He inhales when he sneezes!

He even blushes when he's asleep!

He plays guitar in the closet so he won't disturb anyone.

But he just may be the best rock ‘n' roll guitarist of all time! And Bernie Bridges needs him to win the annual Talent Contest ...

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Chipmunk is so shy . . .

He inhales when he sneezes!

He even blushes when he's asleep!

He plays guitar in the closet so he won't disturb anyone.

But he just may be the best rock ‘n' roll guitarist of all time! And Bernie Bridges needs him to win the annual Talent Contest for Rotten House. Bernie will do anything to keep the prize away from Sherman Oaks and his pals at Nyce House.

Can Chipmunk conquer his stage fright and win?

Or—#8212;when Bernie pushes him onstage, will it be Shake, Rattle, and Hurl!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
It is vulgar! It is crude! It is funny (at least if you are a ten-year-old boy)! It is . . . the fifth installment of the "Rotten School" series. In this outing, Bernie (the fourth grade hero whose room boasts a life-size poster of himself) is determined to help his dorm win the school's talent show. His purpose is two-fold: first, the winner receives a pair of tickets to see Bernie's favorite band (the world-renowned "Plopps"), and he is convinced the girl of his dreams, April-May June, would accompany him (despite the fact she cannot stand him). Second, a win for Bernie's dorm is a loss for the rival Nyce House, home to his archenemy, the evil (okay, just rich) Sherman Oaks! Not unlike Bernie himself, Sherman is completely lacking in talent; however, he has befriended (read: paid off) the genuinely talented saxophone player who won last year. Desperate to win, Bernie and his friends come up with many acts (each worse than the last), until, by chance, he makes a startling discovery: Chipmunk, the school's shyest student, is an amazing guitarist! There is just one catch: he will only play inside his closet. Luckily, Bernie's ingenuity saves the day and Chipmunk wins the talent show . . . along with a date to the concert with April-May June. Completely without literary merit and proud of it, this book is just the ticket for boys who would rather read in a closet than be caught with a book. Trip Park's wacky, lively illustrations are unpleasantly appropriate and double the humor. 2006, Parachute Publishing/HarperCollins, Ages 9 to 11.
—Naomi Milliner
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060788131
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Series: Rotten School Series , #5
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 339,659
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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 #5: Shake, Rattle, and Hurl!

By R.L. Stine

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 R.L. Stine
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060788127

Chapter One

How I Lost My Lunch

"Yo! Looking way good today, dudes!" I said to my buddies Feenman and Crench. "Thanks, Bernie," Feenman said.

He had yellow stains on the front of his school blazer. That meant he had eggs for breakfast.

Crench's fly was open, and the bottom of his school tie poked out.

They're both total slobs. But I like to encourage my guys. So I lie and tell them how good they look.

It's a nice lie, right?

They plopped their lunch trays down on the table.

"What are you eating, Bernie?" Feenman asked. He poked his nose into my plate.

"I'm on a health food kick," I said. "Pizza and French fries."

Down the table, our buddy Beast burped so hard, he rocketed off his chair. When Beast burps, big chunks fly from his mouth and sail across the room.

If you don't duck in time, it can get pretty gross.

Beast climbed back up and began pawing food into his mouth with both hands. When he finished, he had chili and spaghetti noodles all over his face and stuck in his hair. For dessert he pulled stuff out of his hair and ate it.

I'm thinking of entering Beast in the school Talent Contest next week. His talent is making everyone sick!

My buddies and I have our own table in theDining Hall -- the Rotten House table. See, Rotten House is the name of the dorm we live in. Actually, it's a broken-down old house. But we love it.

We live on the third floor. Which is perfect for spitting on people down below. Of course, we'd never do such a rude thing. We'd never even think about it.

You probably go home every day after school. But we don't. The Rotten School is a boarding school. We live here.

I'm Bernie Bridges. Maybe you've heard of me. I mean, word does get around about guys who are smart, and popular, and natural-born leaders.

I would never say that about myself, of course. But I've heard others say it about me.

I finished my pizza and admired my reflection in the empty plate. If only I weren't so modest! I could tell you what an awesome-looking dude I am.

I looked up and saw Beast emptying the salt and pepper shakers into his open mouth. Cool dude.

Lunch is always a fun time here in the Dining Hall. It's a huge room, with a cafeteria line at one end. And rows and rows of tables, enough for kids from all three dorms.

I started to get up to get another slice of pizza. But I stopped when I heard a sound at the front of the room.

A honk. And then a drumbeat. A tweet. Another honk.

I turned to the front and saw a band getting ready to play.

And that's when I nearly lost my lunch.


Excerpted from Rotten School #5: Shake, Rattle, and Hurl! by R.L. Stine Copyright © 2006 by R.L. Stine. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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    I Love the Rotten School Series!!!

    I have read all the Rotten School books well not all of e'm but Ive read until book 4 and im bearly reading the 5th one

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