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*Rotten School #7: Dudes, the School is Haunted!* by R.L. Stine, illustrated by Trip Park - tweens/young readers book review
 
 
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Rotten School #7: Dudes, the School is Haunted!
by R.L. Stine, illustrated by Trip Park
Ages 9-12 128 pages HarperCollins June 2006 Paperback    

Joe Sweety may be the school bully, but he acts downright silly when hes around a ghost. Bernie Bridges decides to teach this tough dude a lesson, so he uses Joes fear of spooky specters to make him sweat. With computer animation and some green hair gel, the haunting of Rotten School goes according to plan - until a big-time glitch uncovers the guy behind the ghoul.

R.L. Stine combines some irreverent antics, projectile vomiting, and a school full of extraordinarily eccentric students to create a book packed with laughter. Followers of this series will consider these characters to be old friends, or at least kids they would feel comfortable tripping in the hallways. Slapstick humor and a touch of seriousness jog shoulder to shoulder through these pages, giving readers a quick and quirky look at life in Rotten School.

Although the theme in this book is the classic get-even-with-the-bully, the author adds a few surprising twists. Its safe to say this isnt a relaxing bedtime story but should be read during more wakeful moments, unless the reader is drinking milk, which may spurt out of his or her nose during the funny parts. The illustrations abound to perfectly complement the text. In many instances, the artist depicts some scenes with more imagination than seems humanly possible, but the message comes through loud and clear.

And is there a message? Definitely. Its all about revenge and friends and facing another day at school. R.L. Stine has been there, done that, and now writes about it with wit and a wad of wisdom planted firmly in his cheek.
   


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