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It's the First Day of School...Forever!

It's the First Day of School...Forever! [Kindle Edition]

R. L. Stine
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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.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 353 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312649541
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; Reprint edition (5 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OA62X6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #812,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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R.L Stine's books are read all over the world. So far, his books have sold more than 300 million copies, making him one of the most popular children's authors in history. Besides Goosebumps, R.L Stine has written the teen series Fear Street and the funny series Rotten School, as well as the Mostly Ghostly series, The Nightmare Room series, and the two-book thriller Dangerous Girls. R.L. Stine lives in New York with his wife, Jane, and Minnie, his King Charles spaniel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great 13 Dec. 2013
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I'm sure my grandchild will be really pleased when he gets this in his Christmas stocking. He just loves his audio books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 6 Aug. 2011
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
R.L. Stine's newest book is reminiscent of the movie "Groundhog Day" but with a twist. As his morning alarm sounds and his mother nags him to get dressed, Artie realizes with dread that today is his first day at a new school.

Events at the breakfast table provide plenty of clues that Artie's day is off to a bad start. His little brother spills his juice, making it necessary for Artie to change his shirt, but before he has time to make the needed adjustments, his brother "accidentally" squirts maple syrup in Artie's hair. Since time is ticking away, Artie's mother declares that he only has time to wipe off with a wet cloth because he must walk his brother to kindergarten before heading to his own classroom.

Getting to school offers up new challenges. With a little brother jumping in puddles left by last night's rain, Artie must dodge the splashing water. Once outside the elementary school and with the little guy almost safely delivered, a huge tanker truck drives through a large puddle in the street, spraying Artie's favorite jeans right across the crotch. Every kid and staff member in the school eyes the front of his pants warily, and Artie knows exactly what they are thinking.

The trouble doesn't end when he reaches his new school. As he stops to greet the principal and ask directions, Artie's dog, Wowser, makes an appearance. The silly dog has never followed him before, but he's in rare form today. The dog enthusiastically jumps on the principal and rips the pocket right off the man's new suit jacket. The principal sends Artie on to class, saying he will take care of removing the dog.

When Artie thinks he is safely in his classroom and seated in the only empty desk, he really isn't surprised to find out he is in someone else's seat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting 23 Aug. 2011
By Laura T. Weber - Published on
its a really good book about a kid who is going to a new school and a whole bunch of strange things happen to him and every night he goes to bed and wakes up and finds out its still the first day of school and the first day of school keeps happening over and over. I'm 11 and i think its pretty cool i read it in two nights cause i thought it was so good. i would recommend it to anyone who likes scary books.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not SO Horrific -- A Fun School Story 2 Aug. 2011
By Jennifer Donovan - Published on
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The movie Groundhog Day and Wendy Mass' book 11 Birthdays have each tackled the topic of one day happening over and over, so this book by R.L. Stine does not start with a wholly original topic, but he does put a unique spin on the idea, as 6th-grader Artie not only faces the first day of school over and over, but the first day of school as the new kid.

He's plagued by all the things that concern kids across the nation on the first day of school: what to wear, who to eat with at lunch, which desk to sit in, how to navigate the school, how to avoid getting into trouble. Unfortunately, even if he's trying to avoid it, trouble is coming for him. He gets off on a bad foot with the principal when his dog follows him to school and for breaking the dress code by wearing a hat.

Artie is pretty lovable. You have to root for this kid who is trying to do everything right, but ends up doing everything wrong, even when he's lived through it once or twice!

The bulk of the book is taken up with the telling of the first first day, but I still wondered how he would keep it fresh as the same events repeated themselves. Well, he did. Artie's observations and strategies on the subsequent days add life and humor to the story, and of course, there are the zombies.

Zombies? That's right, this is R.L. Stine after all. I was never a Goosebumps reader, so this was my first exposure to him, and I was thinking that this was a pretty normal school story for someone who was supposed to be the master of horror for little ones, until the zombies and giant scorpions appeared. In truth, the zombies aren't really all that terrifying or gross. Maybe it's because it seems less real due to the repetition of the story.

I wondered how the story was going to resolve, and I was impressed with Stine's creative explanation that is likely to sit well with most kids in this age group. I'm glad that I was able to check out this book, read in a simple straight-forward way by Matthew Brown. If my son wanted to read more of R.L. Stine's books, I don't think I'd stop him, but this was definitely a good place to start.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The masterful, and scary, R. L. Stine plays off of first day of school fears to make this novel come alive 17 Aug. 2011
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Summer break is winding down, and the last thing you want to think about is the dreaded first day of school. Instead of the beach, endless hours of freedom, and crazy adventures, you're stuck with homework, boring teachers, and picking fights with the school bully. All of this can only be worse if you're at a brand new school where you feel lost, friendless and hopeless. For Artie Howard, this is just the beginning of a nightmare that he will have to live over and over again.

The morning on the first day of school couldn't go any worse for Artie. He bangs his head after falling out of bed, drips syrup all over his hair and t-shirt, and looks like he peed his pants after getting splashed by a truck while walking to school. When he finally makes it to school, his dog tackles the principal, he hits the most popular kid, Brick, in the back of the head with a baseball, and ends up in the wrong classroom. As if that wasn't enough, he flings the class scorpion out of the window, discovers a scary basement room filled with corpses, and manages to offend the most beautiful girl in the world. The only thing Artie wants is for this horrible day to end.

The first day of school --- take two. Artie bangs his head after falling out of bed and proceeds to have an argument about whether or not it's the first day of school with his mother. He watches in disbelief as syrup is splattered all over his t-shirt and hair. He desperately tries to avoid getting splashed by the truck, but still manages to look like he peed his pants. His dog attacks the principal, the most popular kid in school, Brick, is still injured by a baseball, and, well, you see the pattern developing. Despite his best efforts, Artie's first day of school is nightmarish all over again.

The first day of school --- take three. After banging his head in the morning and arguing with his mother about whether or not it's the first day of school, Artie is determined not to make the same mistakes. No matter how hard he tries, though, he can't stop the horrible chain of events that is now his life. After his dog rips off the principal's hand and drags around the bloody appendage, Artie realizes something is much worse about his third first day of school. It's about to get even weirder, and there's nothing Artie can do to stop it!

We've all had nightmares about the first day of school and all the horrible things that can go wrong. In my dreams I usually forget to wear my pants, leave all my school supplies at home, and end up getting on the bad side of the teacher. The good news is that we all eventually wake up, relieved that none of it is true. The masterful --- and scary --- R.L. Stine plays off of these fears and makes them come to life. Poor Artie Howard. The kid just can't catch a break. By the time you're done reading, you'll be glad that it's him instead of you.

--- Reviewed by Benjamin Boche
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading of the book 20 April 2014
By P. Bast - Published on
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We used this audio book for a student unable to read independently. He enjoyed the book and listening to this reading of it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 9 Jan. 2014
By latanya king - Published on
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Excellent book, my son loved it. He isn't a reader but thought
This book would be interesting for a book report.
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