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The Adventures of Shrinkman [Kindle Edition]

R.L. Stine , Tim Jacobus
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When Danny Marin isn’t playing basketball, he spends hours drawing Shrinkman, his favorite comic-book superhero, or watching Shrinkman movies. His hero can shrink to the size of a bug. But, whoa—wait. Suddenly, Danny finds himself shrinking, too! His parents are horrified, his friend Megan thinks it’s funny, and his doctor is baffled. With each passing hour, Danny gets smaller and smaller—until he’s the size of a sparrow. Soon he’s fighting for his life against a grasshopper, a colony of ants, and even his own dog. He isn't safe anywhere. He has to find a cure—before he shrinks away forever.

Funny and terrifying and filled with BIG surprisesThe Adventures of Shrinkman proves that it takes more than size to overcome impossible hurdles.

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About the Author

R.L. (Robert Lawrence) Stine is one of the best-selling children's authors in history. His Goosebumps series, along with such series as Fear Street, The Nightmare Room, Rotten School, and Mostly Ghostly have sold nearly 400 million books in this country alone. And they are translated into 32 languages.

The Goosebumps TV series was the top-rated kids’ series for three years in a row. R.L.’s TV movies, including The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It and Mostly Ghostly, are perennial Halloween favorites. And his scary TV series, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, is in its second season on The Hub network.

R.L. continues to turn out Goosebumps books, published by Scholastic. In addition, his first horror novel for adults in many years, titled Red Rain, will be published by Touchstone books in October, 2012.

R.L. says that he enjoys his job of “scaring kids.” But the biggest thrill for him is turning kids on to reading.

R.L. lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, an editor and publisher, and King Charles Spaniel, Minnie. His son, Matthew, is a sound designer and music producer.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Shrinking Boy Story 26 April 2013
By Darena Shopz - Published on
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I grabbed this copy of The Adventures of Shrinkman as soon as I noticed that it was from the author of the Goosebumps series.

The Adventures of Shrinkman is more of a mysterious adventure than spooky as most of R. L. Stine's books are even though the cover looks quite scary.

Danny, the main character of the book is crazy about a fictional super-hero Shrinkman but then mysteriously finds himself shrinking. Was it the nasty tasting Shrinkman Cola he drunk? The blinding light that dazed him? It's a mystery - can he and his friend, Megan solve it before he shrinks away to nothing? It's a mystery/adventure that I'm sure your young reader would enjoy.

I think it's most appropriate for ages 7 - 10.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic, but fun 26 April 2013
By Eohany - Published on
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I think it was pretty much a requirement to read Goosebumps as a kid, so it's rather cool that the series has enough staying power for yet another generation. The Adventures of Shrinkman isn't going to win any literary prizes, but it's fun and just suspenseful enough to keep kids aged 7-10ish on the edge of their seats. Basically our hero Danny begins to shrink and it's a race against time to find out what caused it and how to reverse it before he completely disappears. There were a few inconsistencies in the writing; I'd give it 3 stars, but my 10 year-old declared it 'awesome' so I'll split the difference and give it four. This would be a good book for kids who like a little bit of horror and suspense (but not too much) or for a reluctant reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd - 4th graders 21 Mar. 2013
By Mom22boys - Published on
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I got this book for my 8 year old and read it myself before giving to him. I felt it was just right for the 7 - 10 year old range. He had no trouble reading it and I heard him giggling out loud from time to time while reading the book.

The Adventures of Shrinkman tells the story of a young boy who is obsessed with a cartoon character, ShrinkMan. One day after seeing the Shrinkman movie Danny finds himself beginning to shrink! His parents and doctors can not figure out what is happening to him. Is it a science experiment gone wrong or is it the funny tasting drink he had before the movie? What can help Danny become normal sized again? You'll have to read the book yourself to find out ;)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book! :) 11 May 2013
By Liolania - Published on
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I've read probably a couple hundred books by RL Stine. When I was between 11-14yrs, I read all the Goosebumps, and when I was done with those I read all of the Fear Streets. Was not a fan of Goosebumps 2000, for me, the originals were by far, the best. Being the big RL Stine and child/YA fiction fan I am, I figured I would enjoy this book.

Overall this book is pretty low on the character end of things, which is not abnormal for an RL Stine book, though many of his early Goosebump books had a better set up than this one did. I am not entirely sure why the lead character and his best friend were friends as they were so at odds with just about everything when it came to what they liked and personalities, there really wasn't a thread that tied them together, such as, they were next-door-neighbors, or something like that.

This relationship being the center of the book though kind of made some of the events harder to buy that involved her, especially since she appears to be very amoral but she does a few things which seem the opposite of that, which to me, she didn't have the proper motivation to do. However, I did actually feel genuinely at times that the lead character was in peril, and it did keep me guessing because of his friends bi-polar nature, I didn't know if she was hurting him or helping him until the end of the book.

The intro to this book, and the first few pages make this clear it IS a homage to the film "The Incredible Shrinking Man", I have never seen that film, but you can tell this book was a labor of love and that RL Stine had a lot of fun writing it, and putting his own spin on the tale. :)

Though, because of the co-lead character's lack of development of motives, I just can't rate this above a 3, but surely kids 12 and under would love this book, it is a lot of fun and a super quick read!

God Bless ~Amy
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Adventures of Shrinkman 25 April 2013
By Sunny Sewing Honeybee - Published on
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Danny is obsessed with a comic book and movie character who can shrink. He likes to draw comics of him, as well, and hopes one day to work on the official comic. He's really surprised one day, though, to find *himself* shrinking down! Did his friend Megan--who claims to be a descendent of a witch--do something to him? Or was it the pop he drank? Or maybe the light he walked into? On a trip to visit the doctor, Danny falls from the cage Megan has loaned his parents. At that point, at least for a while, it doesn't really matter what caused it--he's more concerned about not getting eaten by his pet dog or a grasshopper! There's something else to worry about, too. Will the shrinking ever stop? Or will he completely disappear?

The plot concept is great, but the execution maybe wasn't as good as it could have been. One of the things that worked against it was it being written in first-person. It's obvious Danny isn't in mortal danger because of the point-of-view. Even though I normally like first-person, it was difficult to set a panicked tone with the main character being the one in peril. The drama never really built up enough, so that it's more of a science fiction title than one might expect from a horror author.

Also, there were some inconsistencies. For example, Danny's pre-shrink height went from approximately 5'11" (page 19) to 5'8" (page 34). His clothes seemed to sometimes shrink with him, and other times not.

Despite being disappointed with some aspects of the book, I did think that it ended up with a creative spin.
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