Book #100: The Werewolf of Fever Swamp by R.L. Stine

Something weird is happening in Fever Swamp. Something really horrible. It started with the strange howling at night. Then there was the rabbit, torn to shreds. Everyone thinks Grady’s new dog is responsible. After all, he looks just like a wolf. And he seems a little on the wild side. But Grady knows his dog is just a regular old dog. And most dogs don’t howl at the moon. Or disappear at midnight. Or change into terrifying creatures when the moon is full. Or do they?

Talk about dating myself. 🙂 I’m serious here. I probably read this book in . . . oh gosh, the second grade? Maybe third? Either way, it was shortly after it’s original publication. Back when Goosebumps was the serious shit. So, why did I decide to read it again?

Well, I’m doing an awesome game (I’m bias about it for reasons) where you read through a criteria and gain points. You are reading with a team, you get to meet new readers, and you get to find out what other people would suggest. It’s great fun! On top of all that, you get a bookmark or a small prize of some kind just for participation.

If you are interested, look up Book Battle on Facebook. I’m an Admin and the current Team Werewolf leader.

Anyways, this book was suggested (which I totally forgot about) for the criteria “Childhood Favorite w/ 100+ pages” I figured a quick, not even one day read, was perfect to gain five points for my team.

And let me tell you, the nostalgia was palpable. I felt like that little girl eating up books like a madman. The story itself wasn’t as amazing as I remember, but it has that Goosebumps quality that makes a good R.L. Stine fan smile.

Would I read more Stine books? Yes, I would. Would I read this book to Bug or recommend Goosebumps to kids? ABSOLUTELY. This one is probably the less creepy of Goosebumps reads, but I would definitely read this to Bug. Even if it’s silly from the pure 90’s setting.

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