It's the First Day of School...Forever!
By R. L. Stine
(Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, 9780312649548, 192pp.)
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
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On the first day of school, Artie falls out of his bed and hits his head. Hard. He tells his mom he's dizzy and she says, "You're just worried about your first day in a new school." At breakfast, his little brother, Eddie, splashes syrup in his hair, and there's no time to wash it. Artie has to go to school with syrup-hair. And then, on the way there, he gets splashed by a puddle that makes him look like he wet his pants. It's not just the first day of school; it's the worst day of school. On the second day of school, Artie falls out of bed and hits his head. Hard. He tells his mom he's dizzy and she says, "You're just worried about your first day in a new school." Huh? Today is just like the day before. Can Artie find a way to change it, before it's the first day of school…forever? "A fast and goofy romp" (Booklist) that "delivers the hilarity and horror that readers love" (School Library Journal), from the master of children's horror, R.L. Stine.
Before R. L. STINE made his name as the Stephen King of children’s literature, he was the author of humorous fiction and an editor of Bananas magazine. He is the bestselling author of more than three hundred books, including the phenomenally bestselling Goosebumps series. It’s the First Day of School . . . Forever! is Stine’s first book with Feiwel and Friends.
Praise for It’s the First Day of School…Forever!:
“Stine takes the normal anxieties of childhood—in this case, the first day at a new school—and blends exaggerated humor with a few equally exaggerated moments of horror in a fast and goofy romp. Lots of fun for Stine fans.” —Booklist
“As usual, Stine delivers the hilarity and horror that readers love, and his mastery of sustaining mood will not disappoint. The humor and descriptive first, first day of school allow for faster pacing in the subsequent days, and kids will love the twist at the end.” —School Libary Journal
“Stine’s signature blend of horror and humor, combined with an unexpected ending, offers a fresh view on a familiar idea.” —ABC New York
“The genuinely scary encounters in Ardmore’s basement will get kids racing through the pages. And the surprising twist in the end provides the just right explanation for it all.” —ReadKiddoRead.com
“R. L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series, brings his unique blend of storytelling, suspense, humor and horror to It’s the First Day of School . . . Forever! . . . . Stine’s many fans will not be disappointed in this book, and anyone who likes mysteries, humor or scary books will enjoy it as well.” —BookPage
“Stine excels in describing events every school child fears. His young fans will find this one a satisfying read.” —TeensReadToo.com
“A preteen horror take on Groundhog Day . . . . Great fun as ever, supplied by genre’s most prolific and reliable master.” —Kirkus
“Blending comedy with his trademark brand of bestselling horror, Stine's take on a Groundhog Day–style premise stars a fifth grader stuck reliving his disastrous first day at a new school.… There’s some expected repetition as Artie’s day replays, but Stine’s embellishments—including plenty of chapter cliffhangers and a twist ending—keep things wickedly funny (Artie is a ready source of quips and one-liners) and increasingly ghoulish (on the second go-round, the dog bites the principal’s hand; later, he bites the hand off). After bearing witness to the injuries, humiliations, and terrors that Artie faces, even readers’ toughest days at school will feel like a breeze.” —Publishers Weekly
“Intriguing and well written, this nightmare inducing novel will appeal to any fan of the Goosebumps series of books.” —Danielle Williams, Children’s Literature