Jolly Good Bookie: Ghouls Gone Wild


Hey guys it’s Sam, and I’ve decided to take a break from all of this game talk. I have a lot of segments I do here, and every day a new post idea pops into my head. Anyways, there was one idea I got from a night-and-day evaluation, and that is known online as Jolly Good Bookie. I’ve decided to bring it back, especially with a book tribute to that ghoulish day of the month. Today’s book is, as seen above, is the fifth of R.L. Stine’s (Goosebumps, Fear Street, etc.) Mostly Ghostly series, Ghouls Gone Wild. (April 2005)

HOME, SWEET, HAUNTED HOME

Max’s parents are planning to sell their house and move the family far, far away. Max has to stop them! He can’t leave Nicky and Tara, the two ghosts who live with him. They need him. He’s the only one who can help them become real kids again! But Max has another problem right now–a figure dressed in black, with a face hidden in shadow. It’s a boy–or is it? That’s what Max needs to know, because this shadowy figure is following Max. Watching him. Waiting for him…

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If you haven’t read the MG series (which is surprisingly good, hands down), this is what you need to know about it: there’s an 11-year old kid (by book 6, he turns 12) named Max E. Doyle. He’s an amateur magician with a buff meat link and a scrawny bird of a dad and mom, and Colin the buff brother who literally eats child abuse for breakfast. Apparently starting from book 1, he becomes haunted by two young “orphaned” ghosts, Nicky and Tara. They say they have no idea how they became ghosts, and they have no idea where their parents are. Max is the only one that can see them, which proves for a lot of mislead antics in the series. Why is Max the only one? That is revealed in book 3, but for now I must keep it under wraps.

He’s also haunted by another much more unfriendly ghost, named Phears (assuming that it’s pronounced “fears”). Apparently he knows how to get his hands on a Berserker ghoul (courtesy of book 2) and cannot quench his limitless thirst of destroying Max, Nicky, Tara, and parents once and for all. Even if he has to turn his dog inside out and drill his teeth in!

Anyway, this book may be the fifth, but it’s the fourth book I’ve read. It’s surprisingly good, on the bottom line, but some of Nicky and Tara’s antics do anger me. You see, when someone would laugh at a lame joke, I would anger myself over it. That’s why some of the worst books I’ve read are some of the worst books I’ve read. End of story.

1 out of 5 – Educational value – Max is known at school as “Brainimon”, being a good-brained, straight A student. Otherwise, there’s not really aspects worth giving points to even in school scenes.

0 out of 5 – Positive messages – Not really much.

0 out of 5 – Positive role models – Max does stand up against himself in problems even if he does it in a shade of fear.

4 out of 5 – Ease of readGhouls Gone Wild proves itself as an impressive age ranger for almost all ages. Its scares can revolve around jokes from a mile away, and besides being scary, it’s also impressively funny.

2 1/2 out of 5 – Violence – A mayor gets hit in the head with a trophy, and some rancid steaks do come to life and almost destroy Max.

1 out of 5 – Inappropriate Content – Max has a crush on the school’s prettiest and coolest student, Traci Wayne.

1 out of 5 - Language – Colin fires all sorts of mean names at Max, including “stupid klutz”.

1 out of 5 – Product PlacementMostly Ghostly is one of R.L.’s many successful horror series.

0 out of 5 – Drinking, Drugs, and/or Smoking – This aspect is not featured.

CONSENSUS: Ghouls Gone Wild may anger the sensitive readers with its endless list of antics, but when it progresses, the skin of slow-downs unravels to find a terrific scream at its core.

Entertainment: A (5 points)

Fun: A (5 points)

Smarts: A- (4 points)

Style: B+ (4 points)

Read-Again Ratio: A (5 points)

Humor: A- (4 points)

Final score: 27 out of 30 (SO CLOSE!), 4 1/2 stars out of 5

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Best part: The best scene for me. Slap my rear and call me Paul Revere, was it funny! It started near the beginning of the book, the scene we all know as “Mayor takes the plunge”. This not only wins my award of “FUNNIEST SCENE IN A HORROR BOOK“, but it also wins the “MAYOR WITH THE FUNNIEST NAME” award (Mayor Stank). Max is chosen to give a speech to the mayor upon giving him a trophy, but Nicky and Tara sabotage his attempt and Tara clonks the mayor on the head with the trophy, sending him into the pool. The thing is, he can’t entirely swim, which makes it that more funny. In Max’s attempt to try and get him out, he accidentally takes off his pants! Har har har.

But I also give it points for its aftermath. You would expect Max to snap and yell at Nicky and Tara right? Well, that’s exactly what happened. This totally testified that part of the book, and not only was it justified, it was the truth.

RENT, BUY, OR SKIP?: Buy, buy, buy! If you like this, you should read the entire series, which is sadly eight chronicles long. You can fly over to Amazon and get it for, er, $7.00, or get it at Barnes & Noble for, er, $7.00.

This has been a shout out from the jolly good bookie, yours truly, and make sure to return two weeks from now, on Monday, October 31 at 1:00 pm, to witness Sammwak’s second annual Halloween special! Why didn’t the skeleton go to the prom?…He had no body to go with!

Weird School Daze Comes to an END!


Yeah, it’s sad. A little too sad. It was one of his most cherished children’s series since its unforgettable debut in 2008. It left everyone ROFLMFAO. I couldn’t think of another book series more funny. The thing is…Dan Gutman’s Weird School Daze series has come to its pit stop. Its final destination. The little bookstore in heaven. It…is…FINISHED.


Shed all the tears you want, fans. This has officially been stated by Mr. Gutman, and it has become the next death of Michael Jackson as it is. Where will A.J., Ryan, Michael, Andrea, Emily, among others, go? No one knows. I can forever remember Michael not tying his shoes, Ryan eating stuff that isn’t food, and Andrea being the know-it-all that every stuck-up girl would love to hang out with. But we can’t just say “Whatever, cry a river, build a bridge, get over it” and just WALK AWAY! We gotta reminisce some of the funniest moments to cherish as precious memorabilia. And I have LOTS of memorabilia.

Remember in Mrs. Dole Is Out of Control, when the graduation party went out in a blaze of glory, by which I mean fire blazed through it gloriously?

Remember in Officer Spence Makes No Sense, when Officer Spence arrested everyone because he couldn’t get a lousy PB&J sandwich? Come on, Mrs. Spence! Just one, even if it kills you?

Remember in Miss Laney Is Zany, when she couldn’t remember the science of sound on a game show, but recited her entire commercial afterward?

Remember in Miss Mary Is Scary, when Miss Mary had a boyfriend that made a song called “I Love Dirt” that was a hit on YouTube, leading him to perform on Saturday Night Live?

And even to sum up with our theme, check out this video where author Dan Gutman yammers at you for six minutes!

This really was a great series that even critical feedback presented with positive reaction. But we all got to move on sometimes, right? That’s not entirely true! Dan’s second series may have ended…but his THIRD series is just getting started. That’s right, moping Weird School fans! Welcome to a whole new…Weirder School!

That’s right. Dan Gutman’s second series might have been ended, but this summer, his third series is about to become your next summer read! Forget the Summer Reading Program now! Three titles of this series are already due for release this summer: Miss Child Has Gone Wild, Mr. Harrison is Embarassin’, and Mrs. Lilly Is Silly! Keep an eye peeled for June 21, when schools full of tearful teachers let open their doors for the summer, and Dan Gutman releases his new series of the triumphant trilogy!

So keep that in mind. Whenever you’re bored on summer break, go to the bookstore and pick up a new Weirder School book! Keep a book in your heart, readers, especially this summer!!!

Yours truly,

Sam ;)