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Gretchen and Clark are staying with their grandparents, and they're not alone. They've got to kill the swamp monster who lives in a locked room upstairs before he eats them out of house and home. Gretchen and Clark are staying with their grandparents, and they're not alone. They've got to kill the swamp monster who lives in a locked room upstairs before he eats them out of house and home.


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Gretchen and Clark are staying with their grandparents, and they're not alone. They've got to kill the swamp monster who lives in a locked room upstairs before he eats them out of house and home. Gretchen and Clark are staying with their grandparents, and they're not alone. They've got to kill the swamp monster who lives in a locked room upstairs before he eats them out of house and home.

30 review for How to Kill a Monster

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    I stared up into his hideous face - and gasped. His eyes were deep, dark pools - with tiny worms swimming in them! Ew, nasty. ... Okay, this is a little different from regular Goosebumps books - the monster shows up early, about 55% of the way through the novel. Gretchen and her stepbrother Clark (I think this is the second Goosebumps books where there are divorced parents), are being unceremoniously dropped off at their grandma and grandpa's house in Georgia. They are shocked to find that their grand I stared up into his hideous face - and gasped. His eyes were deep, dark pools - with tiny worms swimming in them! Ew, nasty. ... Okay, this is a little different from regular Goosebumps books - the monster shows up early, about 55% of the way through the novel. Gretchen and her stepbrother Clark (I think this is the second Goosebumps books where there are divorced parents), are being unceremoniously dropped off at their grandma and grandpa's house in Georgia. They are shocked to find that their grandparents live in an honest to God mansion. A huge, stone mansion in the swamps of rural Georgia. There's no phone. No television. And no car. Grandpa's deaf. And Grandma loves to cook. A lot. So much that it's as if she's cooking for 50 people instead of just 4. Why does she cook so much food? ... Honestly, the grandparents in here are HORRIBLE people. Horrible people. For one thing, they are hoarders. They tell the kids - you can explore the house. Anywhere in the house is fair game except for that one locked room. Okay. The kids find rooms packed with 50 years worth of newspapers. In another room they find stacks and stacks of old magazines, and the house appears to be infested with some serious cockroaches. Another room is filled with tons of rusty and broken toys. So. Already not good. Then the kids decide to play hide-and-seek. And while looking for Clark, Gretchen nearly plunges to her death on a staircase that has rotted through. Great - stellar child-care there. Just let your grandchildren run around your junk-filled, rotting-floor house. Brilliant. Then the kids open the locked room (of course they do!) only to find a huge kind of gorilla-alligator monster inside. Now the monster's loose and the kids (and dog - Golden Retriever named Charley) are running through the house for their lives. The grandparents are nowhere to be found. The kids see the grandparents pulling out of the driveway, leaving their grandchildren to their fates. Not to mention, the grandparents have nailed all the windows and doors shut, trapping the children inside the house. Wow. That is really cold. The kids then find two letters taped to the fridge, basically saying "Bye! Off to get help!" Wow, thanks, Grandma. ... The rest of the book is the kids battling the monster, which is pretty exciting. My favorite part is when they doctor grandma's pie with turpentine, drain cleaner, rat poison and ammonia. Tl;dr - The twist ending is a bit lame, but overall this book was pretty exciting and fast-paced. Definitely these grandparents win the "worst grandparents in history" award. Jeez Louise!

  2. 5 out of 5

    ✨Bean's Books✨

    #46 "Step 1: Run. Step 2: Run faster." Gretchen and Clark think staying with their grandparents in the middle of their swamp is a real drag. Their grandparents are weird and not very much fun. But when they keep hearing noises from the room upstairs something tells them they're not alone in this house. Curiosity killed the cat! #46 "Step 1: Run. Step 2: Run faster." Gretchen and Clark think staying with their grandparents in the middle of their swamp is a real drag. Their grandparents are weird and not very much fun. But when they keep hearing noises from the room upstairs something tells them they're not alone in this house. Curiosity killed the cat!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    Goosebumps was one of my favourite series as a child. I really enjoyed re-reading every single book I could get my hands on. I swear, some of these books I read upwards of 50 times each because I loved them. As an adult, I really wanted to go back and enjoy all of the nostalgia of my youth. It makes me feel so warm and fuzzy to read these. It's a great throwback! Clark and Gretchen, a set of step siblings, have to go stay with their Grandparents for a bit. Their parents leave them in this house i Goosebumps was one of my favourite series as a child. I really enjoyed re-reading every single book I could get my hands on. I swear, some of these books I read upwards of 50 times each because I loved them. As an adult, I really wanted to go back and enjoy all of the nostalgia of my youth. It makes me feel so warm and fuzzy to read these. It's a great throwback! Clark and Gretchen, a set of step siblings, have to go stay with their Grandparents for a bit. Their parents leave them in this house in a swamp that's super big and super spooky. There's not much to do, and Grandma and Grandpa seem to be hiding some secrets... They are not supposed to go in a specific room. Their grandparents take off and leave them alone in the house... and it turns out, they've been hiding a monster. This book wasn't the best Goosebumps book, but it was still fun and spooky. The cliffhanger at the end if frustrating, so I hope there is a sequel somewhere out there. I'm sure eventually I'll get my hands on the rest of the series. The grandparents have me curious. Why were they hiding the monster? Did they capture it? Did it blackmail them? The twist ending on what happens to the monster makes me super confused why they were scared of it to begin with. The monster takes a while to appear in this book, and then when we do see it the plot moves fast. Suddenly it's over, but the plot isn't resolved in any way. Overall, this is a great middle grade read for those seeking a bit of spooky horror in their life. Three out of five stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    I really liked the playful nature of this one, from the furry monster pictured on the cover to the slapstick nature of the plot. Whilst staying with their grandparents Gretchen and her step-brother Clark decided to play a game of hide-and-seek to relive the boredom. Soon into the game they come across a monster locked away in one of the rooms. Even though most of the set up to this book does feel slightly familiar to other Goosebumps books, I like the fact that the monster turns up quite early. The I really liked the playful nature of this one, from the furry monster pictured on the cover to the slapstick nature of the plot. Whilst staying with their grandparents Gretchen and her step-brother Clark decided to play a game of hide-and-seek to relive the boredom. Soon into the game they come across a monster locked away in one of the rooms. Even though most of the set up to this book does feel slightly familiar to other Goosebumps books, I like the fact that the monster turns up quite early. The rest of the story is a fun thrill ride along as you don’t take it too seriously.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Smith

    Currently rereading my original Goosebumps collection There's quite a difference between a fun, silly story for kids and just lazy writing. This book falls into the latter category. First of all, these have to be the worst grandparents in history. Who in their right mind would lock their grandchildren up in the house with a monster? And don't even get me started on how they end up "killing" the monster. I really hope this book wasn't written by Stine. Read from June 24, 2014 - June 24, 2014 Currently rereading my original Goosebumps collection There's quite a difference between a fun, silly story for kids and just lazy writing. This book falls into the latter category. First of all, these have to be the worst grandparents in history. Who in their right mind would lock their grandchildren up in the house with a monster? And don't even get me started on how they end up "killing" the monster. I really hope this book wasn't written by Stine. Read from June 24, 2014 - June 24, 2014

  6. 4 out of 5

    M.K. Aneal

    One of the better Goosebumps! Clean, no mystical or magical elements; just good fun with a monster xP A whole lot better than the show of the same. (:

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    Just to see a block of pages covered in Century Expanded again, the inky typeface this series used, is like receiving a visit from my oldest friend. Many things have changed since our last meeting, but reunions are aglow with remembrance. Such is the case with How to Kill a Monster, a book that, simply put, makes logic its bitch. And man oh man, is it a fun read accordingly. Roald Dahl once said, "You can write anything for children as long as you have humor." Truer words were never spoken, and S Just to see a block of pages covered in Century Expanded again, the inky typeface this series used, is like receiving a visit from my oldest friend. Many things have changed since our last meeting, but reunions are aglow with remembrance. Such is the case with How to Kill a Monster, a book that, simply put, makes logic its bitch. And man oh man, is it a fun read accordingly. Roald Dahl once said, "You can write anything for children as long as you have humor." Truer words were never spoken, and Stine follows this doctrine with such barefaced enthusiasm, he turns the most ludicrous concept into a frolicking good time. I discovered this one at the peak of my Goosebumps phase, circa 1997. For several years before then, my mother's bedroom was littered with the paperbacks of Agatha Christie, whose macabre covers I'd observe with equal levels of horror and fascination. Maybe I have those books to blame/thank for desensitizing me, but that's how early I can recall my inner goth being awakened. From that point on, I drew sketches of Chucky the doll, raised a family of crickets in my cupboard, and tried to convince my best friend's father to let us watch Pet Cemetery (I didn't succeed). So the arrival of Goosebumps caught my attention off-rib. I sometimes saw copies in the classrooms of older kids, where I was blown away by artwork not unlike the nightly occupants of Mum's bedside table. I was in awe. I'd found a franchise that repackaged Christie's murkiness for the Power Rangers crowd, and to Stine's credit, there were some genuinely frightening spookers he concocted during that period. Piano Lessons can be Murder kept me awake for days. This entry, however, is definitely not one of the scary ones. But as a smorgasbord of gleeful weirdness, it remains one of my favorite bad-mood breakers to this day. Maybe it's my undying love of Z-grade movies, I don't know; but How to Kill a Monster, written when Stine was clearly running out of ideas, nonetheless brims with hilarious antics and fast-paced energy. So much so, in fact, that I remember writing a fanfiction "homage" to it when I was about 12. It copied the storyline pretty much verbatim: my sister and I were trapped in an apartment with our two cats, pet mice, and a hideous beast, which we alone had to defeat. I even scripted an absurd scene that saw us narrowly escape the flat, only to go back inside to rescue our rodents. But that's perhaps where Stine nailed his audience dead-centre – what browbeaten kid wouldn't dream of saving the day in complete absence of adult supervision? The plot is a simple one. Gretchen and Clark are two city-dwelling preteens, forced into the open-ended company of their eccentric elders when their parents are called away on business. A visit that kids rarely love making in populated areas; in this case, the location is a deserted swamp miles from civilization. Needless to say, they don't have a TV, a working telephone, or any neighbors to assist in times of need. Putting the cherry on top, it transpires that Granny and Pop have a hungry, ten-foot swamp monster locked in an upstairs room, which the kids inadvertently set loose while exploring. That's when the fun begins, as they struggle to conquer the behemoth single-handedly. Where are their grandparents throughout this crusade, you might ask? Well they left, of course. After behaving strangely for two days, they disappear the moment the monster is released. Not only that, they barricade the kids inside the building using nails and planks "to make sure they don't wander into the swamp by themselves." The only explanation comes in a letter that Gretchen and Clark find on the fridge, giving way to something truly epic. Somehow, the kids find the time to read this letter while the ogre wrecks havoc on an upstairs floor. "Dear Gretchen and Clark. We're sorry to do this to you, but we had to leave. A few weeks ago, a swamp monster invaded our house. We captured it in the room upstairs. Then we didn't know what to do with it. It's so loud and angry all the time. We knew it would've killed us." "We didn't want to tell your parents about the creature. If we did, they wouldn't have let you come. We wanted so much to see you. But I guess we were wrong. You should have gone to Atlanta with your mother and father. I guess we were wrong to let you stay." "We know it's unfair to run off now. But we're just going for help. We'll be back – as soon as we can find someone. Someone who knows what to do with this horrible beast." "Sorry, kids. We really, really are sorry." "If the monster escapes, you will have no choice: you will have to find a way to kill it." So in essence, Gramps just left them a memo that read, "Even though we're both crazy old coots who are nearing the end anyway, and are so unpopular that we can live in the wilderness without a word of protest from the rest of the family, we're appointing you – two sixth-grade greenhorns – to execute the fiend without our help." Why they didn't remove the key from its lock – having sawed an opening at the bottom of the door, it's not as if they needed the key to feed him – is something I've spent too long trying to figure out. For that matter, they could've jumped on the parents as soon as they dropped the kids off and said, "Please take us with you – we have a carnivorous giant locked upstairs and you're welcome to go check if you don't believe us. Just know that we can't guarantee your car will still be here when you return." But no, instead they wrote the kids a second letter, sealed in an envelope beneath the first. Gretchen and Clark finally run out of time to read it, however, as the beast reaches the kitchen and, to use one of my all-time favorite sentences, "plods its way" towards them. They then try everything to save their skins, from leading Shrek over a collapsed stairway to feeding him a poisoned dessert. Okay, those are the only two things they try. But both tactics fail. By running's end, they're saved by pure chance – when it turns out the monster has a (view spoiler)[lethal allergy to people, and falls over dead after giving Gretchen a lick (hide spoiler)] . Though not before asking her, "You...you human?" Yes. He asks her that. It's not until they escape the house that they get a chance to read the other letter, which reveals that (view spoiler)[many other monsters live in the swamp too – and don't necessarily have the sensitive stomach that their brother had (hide spoiler)] . Yeah, so...what if Clark had read these letters in the wrong order? What would they've done if – heaven forbid – they hadn't found the letters at all? And why in God's name does the monster wait until the last six pages to say something to them? But would the book be so entertaining had it followed practical advice? I'll be giggling about its inanity when I'm nearing my mausoleum. It's stupid, it's unfocused, it's camp – it's absolutely awesome. Also there's this: "Where is he?" "W-where's who?" "The monster!" "Upstairs. What took you so long to get here?" Thank you, RL Stine, for my childhood.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    um. wtf this one was r e a l l y stupid. that's the trouble with reading childhood books as an adult. they lose their luster. although, did i ever even like this one as a kid? who knows. i remember i had it in my collection but not much else. so i know a lot of people complain about kids and YA books with missing or absent parents who leave the kids alone to do whatever the hell they want, and i get that that's sometimes necessary for the plot of the story to even take place. but these kid's pare um. wtf this one was r e a l l y stupid. that's the trouble with reading childhood books as an adult. they lose their luster. although, did i ever even like this one as a kid? who knows. i remember i had it in my collection but not much else. so i know a lot of people complain about kids and YA books with missing or absent parents who leave the kids alone to do whatever the hell they want, and i get that that's sometimes necessary for the plot of the story to even take place. but these kid's parents and grandparents really take being absent to a whole new extreme. gretchen and clark's mom and dad have to go on a business trip in atlanta and so leave them w their grandparents who they haven't seen in 8 years. like..the parents haven't even seen them in 8 years either. so they're basically estranged, and the grandparents live in a swamp. it's like 😟 then, the grandparents get outta dodge and LOCK THE KIDS IN THE HOUSE with a swamp monster. okay, the swamp monster is freaky in and of itself, but you're really going to BOLT AND NAIL THE DOORS AND WINDOWS CLOSED?! why?? why not take the kids with you?? i don't understand. i get that rl stine cranked out hundreds of books in the 90's and i will always cherish them no matter what because they were my childhood but good christ. plot holes tho. did the kids not hear a bunch of hammering? it must have taken a while for two old people to do, and the game of hide and seek the kids were playing couldn't have taken that long. like..and also wouldn't it just have been easier and less work for the grandparents to take the kids with them? again, i understand there wouldn't have been a story without the kids being trapped in the house with a swamp monster but this book was ACTUALLY creepy in the way that the adults acted. also, gretchen tries to poison the monster and that's kind of sad:( it's like, he just wants to go back to his family in the swamp okay. 😭 needless to say, this is not my favorite goosebumps book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ren

    In a series of Goosebumps re-reads, this was one of the first I went back to. Not because it was attached to fond, childhood memories, but rather because it wasn't. In fact, upon reading this one I realized what little I did remember of it I had attributed to 'The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight" in my memory, namely the pie-making and blueberry pancakes made by the grandmother. That being said, despite my low expectations, this was a fun read. The scares were definitely stronger in the front half t In a series of Goosebumps re-reads, this was one of the first I went back to. Not because it was attached to fond, childhood memories, but rather because it wasn't. In fact, upon reading this one I realized what little I did remember of it I had attributed to 'The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight" in my memory, namely the pie-making and blueberry pancakes made by the grandmother. That being said, despite my low expectations, this was a fun read. The scares were definitely stronger in the front half than the back half of the novel, but the tonal shift after the big monster reveal from horror to dark comedy is smooth and the monster's weakness gave me a sensible chuckle. There isn't much to ponder here as there is in other Goosebumps books, but we get a fun ride and an earnest attempt at putting into words how it can feel to a kid to be dropped off at an old house with relatives you barely know and left to fend for yourself. Writer's side note: The descriptions of the house itself, the decay, were actually quite vivid and felt perhaps even 'Fall of the House of Usher' inspired. "A castle in the middle of a swamp. Almost hidden in a grove of dark, towering trees [...] The [living] room was enormous. Our whole house could probably fit inside it. The walls were painted green. Drab green [...] The other walls were covered in black-and-white photographs. Yellowed with age. Photographs everywhere. Of people I didn't recognize. Probably dead relatives, I thought. [...] I glanced around the room. At the pictures. At the worn rug. At the shabby tables and chairs. The flickering light high above us made our shadows dance on the dark walls [...] The room smelled strange. Damp and sour. --"This place is creepy," Clark whispered."

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Santos

    If I didn't have to review books for my website I'd just skip straight to the final 10 chapters. The title of the book is boring which made the development of the plot drag on and on and on. The title doesn't start to make since until around page 82. Two children are left alone in a house with a monster....talk about child neglect sheesh. Anyways I'm glad the book only has 112 pages. Any more pages and I would have thrown myself out the window. A real borefest, not one of R.L.'s best work. I'd su If I didn't have to review books for my website I'd just skip straight to the final 10 chapters. The title of the book is boring which made the development of the plot drag on and on and on. The title doesn't start to make since until around page 82. Two children are left alone in a house with a monster....talk about child neglect sheesh. Anyways I'm glad the book only has 112 pages. Any more pages and I would have thrown myself out the window. A real borefest, not one of R.L.'s best work. I'd suggest skipping this book altogether unless you're an idiot like me that reviews books.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ger Francus

    I loved this book! I've read it about a year or two ago, and just LOVED it! It's such a creepy, scary and thrilling story that I've read it in two days (and yeah, that's fast for me! ). In don't want to spoil anything, but there's a huge and totally unexpected twist in the middle of the book, and you think; OMG, how will those two ever survive this? xD - You really want them to succeed, but they don't! You feel the struggle and them being so afraid, and just have no clue what to do... And that's I loved this book! I've read it about a year or two ago, and just LOVED it! It's such a creepy, scary and thrilling story that I've read it in two days (and yeah, that's fast for me! ). In don't want to spoil anything, but there's a huge and totally unexpected twist in the middle of the book, and you think; OMG, how will those two ever survive this? xD - You really want them to succeed, but they don't! You feel the struggle and them being so afraid, and just have no clue what to do... And that's what makes the story so compelling and thrilling. I also loved it because it was set in that dark, creepy house, totally deserted in the middle of a dangerous and mysterious swamp....

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Beaumont

    It's probably not among R.L. Stine's better efforts (of the few that I have read), but this story does have the distinction of featuring the worst, most neglectful grandparents ever. And I did like that, of the two 12-year-old step-siblings, Gretchen and Clark, unfortunate enough to be left in their care, the girl is the more adventurous and daring of the pair. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, but I don't see any sign that there is a sequel. Since Gretchen was able to tell the story, I have It's probably not among R.L. Stine's better efforts (of the few that I have read), but this story does have the distinction of featuring the worst, most neglectful grandparents ever. And I did like that, of the two 12-year-old step-siblings, Gretchen and Clark, unfortunate enough to be left in their care, the girl is the more adventurous and daring of the pair. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, but I don't see any sign that there is a sequel. Since Gretchen was able to tell the story, I have to assume that she (and hopefully Clark) survived the dire situation.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Danny

    Ahhh, the Goosebump days. I would borrow so many of these from the library they seriously considered extending my limit of books checked out at one time. R.L. Stine you were a reprieve from a harsh and dreary childhood in which my mind wandered far away from the troubles of the day. I stole books into my bed and read far into the night by the faintest of lights. I might have better eyesight were it not for you; however, I regret not one page or line.

  14. 5 out of 5

    K.D. Reed

    Not quite as awesome as his other stuff, but still classic R.L. Stine Writing/Style: 3/4 Characters: 2/4 Story: 2/4 Pacing: 4/4 Ending: 4/4 Total: 15/20 While I found the grandparents (their actions specifically) to be a tad unbelievable, and the exciting parts of the story a little repetitive, I still enjoyed the book. The ending, as always, didn't disappoint and I liked the dog. But who doesn't like a dog? Not quite as awesome as his other stuff, but still classic R.L. Stine Writing/Style: 3/4 Characters: 2/4 Story: 2/4 Pacing: 4/4 Ending: 4/4 Total: 15/20 While I found the grandparents (their actions specifically) to be a tad unbelievable, and the exciting parts of the story a little repetitive, I still enjoyed the book. The ending, as always, didn't disappoint and I liked the dog. But who doesn't like a dog?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Horrible. Parents leave children with the grandparents. We are to believe the father has not seen his parents in eight years. And did the father grow up in the house in the swamp? That was unclear. Anyhow, children left with grandparents who live in the middle of a swamp. The grandparents are hoarders, kind of. Some rooms are stuffed with boxes of newspapers and magazines while others are virtually empty. Anyhow, there's one room that is locked and the children are forbidden from entering. Yes, the Horrible. Parents leave children with the grandparents. We are to believe the father has not seen his parents in eight years. And did the father grow up in the house in the swamp? That was unclear. Anyhow, children left with grandparents who live in the middle of a swamp. The grandparents are hoarders, kind of. Some rooms are stuffed with boxes of newspapers and magazines while others are virtually empty. Anyhow, there's one room that is locked and the children are forbidden from entering. Yes, they do. Inside is a swamp monster. I thought at first it was going to be friendly. It isn't. The children run and seek their grandparents' help. Yeah, the grandparents left and sent mail that they left and had locked the children inside. Really? Another note arrives from the parents stating they aren't coming to pick the children up anytime soon. Then another letter arrives from the grandparents stating not to walk through the swamp as there are other swamp monsters. This story is not good on any level. One thing that did happen, which is out of character for these stories is that there was an actual death . . . committed by the children. That was at least different. Unless you have a reason for reading this one, I would avoid it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aliya

    I really liked the book because it was a book that I understood and enjoyed.Also if I had a chance to keep reading goosebumps I would cause I love those books.I would recommend this book to other people because I think they would like it cause I did.Once I started reading most of it i just wanted to keep reading it cause it was a good book.This book had me laugh a couple time cause the way they said things but on the other had I thought some of the parts weird. There are the two kids, one Gretch I really liked the book because it was a book that I understood and enjoyed.Also if I had a chance to keep reading goosebumps I would cause I love those books.I would recommend this book to other people because I think they would like it cause I did.Once I started reading most of it i just wanted to keep reading it cause it was a good book.This book had me laugh a couple time cause the way they said things but on the other had I thought some of the parts weird. There are the two kids, one Gretchen and the other Clark.We also had the grandma Rose and grandpa Eddie.The setting takes place in grandma Rose and grandpa Eddie's house.They live out in the middle of nowhere by a swamp.The main point of this story is when it all came a mystery.The climax of this story is when they tried to figure out the mystery such as when the grandma lock the monster in a room and never let it out.Then the kids came over a snooped around when they were not allowed to.Then when they accidentally let the monster out and then they tried to kill the monster.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ms.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was about 2 kids, named Gretchen and Clark, and they had to stay with their grandparents while their parents go to Atlanta. Their grandparents live in the middle of a swamp. Gretchen found out it was REALLY boring there. Then, when they stayed home alone, Gretchen opens a door that their grandma told her not to enter, and she did, and she saw a MONSTER! She and Clark runs and tries to hide, but they found out that their grandparents had locked them so they would be trapped inside, beca This book was about 2 kids, named Gretchen and Clark, and they had to stay with their grandparents while their parents go to Atlanta. Their grandparents live in the middle of a swamp. Gretchen found out it was REALLY boring there. Then, when they stayed home alone, Gretchen opens a door that their grandma told her not to enter, and she did, and she saw a MONSTER! She and Clark runs and tries to hide, but they found out that their grandparents had locked them so they would be trapped inside, because there are even more swamp monsters outside. So then Gretchen had to kill it! (with the help of Clark of course) She tries a lot of ways to kill it, but will she kill it? Read to find out. And the spoiler is that the monster was allergic to humans, and Gretchen and Clark were saved. They previously attempted to kill it by feeding it a pie filled with dust moth, paint, and other nasty stuff. Also they tried to kill it by luring it to a big hole!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Darius Surenian

    I Watched The Youtube Video About the Critic The Book Worm Expecting A Novel With Pure Suspense, A Great Climax, And An Untouched Ending. What I Got Was A Slow, Boring, And Uninteresting Story. The Book Worm Said That The Beginning Was A Bit Slow And When The Monster Of The Story Comes In It Creates Lots Of Suspense, Instead It Is Incredibly Slow Killing The Suspense And Making The Story Boring. The Story Does Not Deliver For A Great Goosebumps Story That Should Be One Of The Best, But It Does H I Watched The Youtube Video About the Critic The Book Worm Expecting A Novel With Pure Suspense, A Great Climax, And An Untouched Ending. What I Got Was A Slow, Boring, And Uninteresting Story. The Book Worm Said That The Beginning Was A Bit Slow And When The Monster Of The Story Comes In It Creates Lots Of Suspense, Instead It Is Incredibly Slow Killing The Suspense And Making The Story Boring. The Story Does Not Deliver For A Great Goosebumps Story That Should Be One Of The Best, But It Does Have Its Moments, I Did Like The Monster Set Up, The Characters Are Fine, The Ideas Used To Kill The Monster Are A Bit Dark Making it More Adult, The Ending Is Pretty Suspenseful, And Yes This Book Probably Deserves A Sequel. I Am A Fan Of These Books, But Maybe You Should Leave This Monster Of A Story To Be Killed By Critics.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Weathervane

    A joke in long-form; twist the punchline. Altogether silly, including the two letters gram and gramps write for the kids. You just knew the most important bit of information would be in the second, and that it would only come too late. Atmosphere was nice, and the family dynamics were okay. It never bored me. But one of those stories of whose existence you question the purpose. Even the monster was unremarkable. A funny cornball sequence where the kids find every toxic chemical imaginable under t A joke in long-form; twist the punchline. Altogether silly, including the two letters gram and gramps write for the kids. You just knew the most important bit of information would be in the second, and that it would only come too late. Atmosphere was nice, and the family dynamics were okay. It never bored me. But one of those stories of whose existence you question the purpose. Even the monster was unremarkable. A funny cornball sequence where the kids find every toxic chemical imaginable under the sink in order to poison a pie. That made me chuckle. Forgettable otherwise.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kebo

    this book is about a boy and his sister and they are at they grandparnets house.but the next day they hear something in the room upstair and there was something on the bed cover up and it was a monster. the monster chase them until they trap it.they made something up and the monster blow up.at night time they found another note and it said do not go outside at night because more of the monster come from the lake.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    This one was pretty absurd so kind of more of a guilty pleasure. The later GB novels were just kind of terrible but I dunno, something about this one was fun. Dumb fun. Mildly scary maybe? But just groan-inducing fun.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sami Passlow

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If only they read both letters! Also their grandparents are awful for locking 12yr olds in their house with the swamp monster. It’s a different read compared to the other goosebumps books I’ve read so far.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Halverson

    Band name. Good book. :]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ericjnunez

    I LOVED THIS BOOK ALOT

  25. 5 out of 5

    αηηє-נéℓα ƒ

    my review..... what i learned from this book... ummm. nothing. but its a classic absolutely classic. :P lol. ive been reading these since i was a child. :D

  26. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Blind date with a book! Accidentally picked a kids book but entertaining as always.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angie Brooks

    Great book enjoyed it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    Did not see that ending coming.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris Greensmith

    "Step 1: Run. Step 2: Run faster." "Step 1: Run. Step 2: Run faster."

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alex | | findingmontauk1

    This one starts out with 2 siblings not wanting to go to their grandparents house... uh, excuse me?! Who does not want that and what trauma have you endured to hate them?! Anyway... once we get halfway into the story I understand why! But this is a fun one and the cover reminds me of Monsters Inc (at least the colors, anyway). A fun, swampy, monster-filled story with a pretty ominous ending if you ask me!

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