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December 18, 2012

I SPY a Challenge!

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ISPY_130x130I SPY a Challenge!

'Tis the season for games! Video games are on many holiday wish lists (including mine)! Some of you may even have a couple I SPY games on your lists. If you do, Scholastic has a special treat for all the I SPY gaming fans out there. For the first time ever, Scholastic has released I SPY game packs on Wii and Nintendo DS that offer double the fun with two complete I SPY games in one. The Wii game pack includes Ultimate I SPY and I SPY Spooky Mansion, while the Nintendo DS pack includes I SPY Fun House and I SPY Universe (all rated E).

Did you know that the covers of all the I SPY video games are designed so that you could play I SPY on the cover? It's true! There are numerous objects hidden within each I SPY cover and you could play I SPY on each one. So in honor of the game packs and for some fun (not to mention extra challenge), we've developed two I SPY riddles to solve across the Wii and DS games. Are you up for the challenge?
Yes? Alright! Ready, set, go!

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I spy a horseshoe, a cymbal, a bell, a little red bug, and a brown pot that fell; a tower, a diver, a rocket, a hat, a hidden sailboat, a key, and a rat.


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I spy a jack, two balloons, a drum, a plane, a ringed planet, and a little candy cane;
Two ice cream cones, a dog with a hat; a letter, a snake, two balls, and a cat.

Did you find all the objects? Let us know in the Comments below. And, for extra fun, get creative and write an I SPY riddle of your own using these covers!

—Amabel, Scholastic Media

October 24, 2012

Sneak Peek Goosebumps Most Wanted: Son of Slappy

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20logoSneak Peek Goosebumps Most Wanted: Son of Slappy

We’ve got an EXCLUSIVE preview for Goosebumps fans and Ink Splot 26 readers! The second book from the Goosebumps Most Wanted series from fright master R.L. Stine is currently available for sale, BUT we’ve got a sneak peek just for YOU! The evil puppet you love to hate is back for a brand-new scare in Goosebumps Most Wanted: Son of Slappy.

Jack Stander is every parent’s dream. He doesn’t get into trouble; he always does his homework, and he never lies. His teachers all trust him completely. He even volunteers at the local Youth Center. But that was all before Jackson came across an evil ventriloquist dummy. Now he must deal with Slappy as he wreaks havoc on his family and friends. Jackson will soon see that two Slappys are not better than one.

PREVIEW! Read a sample chapter of Goosebumps Most Wanted: Son of Slappy.

October 17, 2012

Goosebumps Create a Caption

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He’s the evil puppet everyone loves to hate! Slappy has been scaring readers since the release of Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy in 1993. With his painted-on grin and beat up bow-tie, Slappy looks like an ordinary ventriloquist dummy. But looks can be very deceiving. This trouble-making block of wood is anything but dumb! He’s a walking, talking, trash-talking terror!


Leave a Comment with your caption for this menacing Slappy pic!

–Amabel, Scholastic Media

October 10, 2012

Goosebumps Most Wanted New Series

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Think you’re ready for Goosebumps Most Wanted, the most recent series from fright-master R.L. Stine? Well, you’d better be because the paranormal hooligans in these books are on the loose and out to get you! The creepiest, most disgusting, evil favorites from Goosebumps are all here. And they’re up to no good. Nothing is safe!

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October 3, 2012

Goosebumps 20th Anniversary

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It’s the haunting season! And you know what that means. . . It’s time to GET GOOSEBUMPS! Goosebumps turns 20 this year and we’re celebrating all month long on the STACKS! 20 years ago Scholastic released the very first Goosebumps book from R.L. Stine called Welcome to Dead House and launched a pop culture phenomenon that has spawned over 300 million books sold worldwide, a terrifyingly terrific TV show, video games, and more! In honor of Goosebumps’ 20th, check out these fun facts about the monstrously
addictive series:

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September 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, Clifford!

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Clifford50Snipe_130x130Happy Birthday, Clifford!

He’s big, he’s red, and he’s oh, so loveable! It’s Clifford, of course. Clifford the Big Red Dog is just as much a part of our childhoods as balloons and ice cream sundaes. Whether you grew up reading the books or watching the TV show, it’s hard not to smile when you think about Clifford. This year, Clifford’s celebrating a very BIG milestone, his 50th birthday! 50 years ago Norman Bridwell painted a picture of a little girl and her big red dog. Little did he know at the time that it would spawn one of the most beloved children’s literary characters of all time!

While Clifford’s birthday is in February, he’s kicking off a birthday party this week that lasts all school-year long! And you know what Clifford wants more than anything for his birthday? A birthday card from YOU! Send Clifford a birthday card and share your personal birthday greetings!

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We want to hear from you! Tell us your fondest memories of Clifford in the Comments below!

—Amabel, Scholastic Media

October 29, 2010

Goosebumps Shriek Week

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Goosebumps Today at Scholastic is the third annual Shriek Week Goosebumps Event! For the past three years on the Friday before Halloween, Scholastic hosts the event to get everyone frightfully prepared for the Halloween weekend. This year’s event will feature a Garlic Crusher Faceoff on Wii, which will put our vampire vanquishing skills to the test. Hey, you never know when a vampire will come for you so it’s best to be prepared, right? The winner of the competition will win a Wii, the Goosebumps video game and a glow in the dark accessory pack!

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October 28, 2010

Get Goosebumps Mall Tour

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Goosebumps The Get Goosebumps Mall Tour has been traveling around the country all month helping fans of all ages Get Goosebumps! GGB_Wide-Shot

The most popular activity on the Tour has been the customized prank video that fans can make to send to all their friends and family.The activity was housed in a giant inflatable that you could enter and get a snapshot of your scariest, most frightful face. Your custom photo would then be added into the video, which you could retrieve online after the event using a unique code.

Goosebumps Inflatable

Fans also got to test their “batting” skills in the Batting Cage game from the Goosebumps HorrorLand Wii game. In this Batting Cage, the bats are the kind that fly! Players had a blast trying to avoid being eaten by bats by swinging away at them. Could you imagine if Batting Cage were a real attraction at an amusement park? That would be terrifying!

Goosebumps Horror Photo The Goosebumps video game is inspired by the One Day at HorrorLand book. As you readers may know, the workers that staff HorrorLand are called Horrors, the green-skinned monsters with curled horns. The tour also gave fans the opportunity to become a Horror in HorrorLand with a photo backdrop where they could place their face in place of the Horror’s face. Fans got their pictures taken and received custom keepsake frames. We also saw a lot of fans having fun and taking their own pictures too with their cell phone cameras. Hey, c’mon – it’s not every day that you could be a menacing green Horror!

— Amabel, Scholastic Media Staffer

October 27, 2010

Goosebumps Go Eat Worms! DVD and Recipe

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Goosebumps A Worm-tastic Treat! In celebration of Goosebumps Shriek Week as well as the recently released Go Eat Worms! DVD, try making this terrifyingly squirmy treat to serve up at your next family meal!

Goosebumps Gourmet, Terrfyingly Tasty Worms! GoEatWormsDVD
Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 packages of peach or orange gelatin dessert
  • Gummy worms
  • A Big Bowl

Here’s What You Do:

  • Prepare gelatin according to the directions on the box and pour into a bowl. Place in refrigerator.
  • After about 45 minutes, when the gelatin has started to set, turn gummy creatures upside down and push them into the gelatin. Be careful not to push them too far or leave any part sticking out of the gelatin since you want them to look like they’ve been suspended in amber for millions of years. Replace in refrigerator.
  • When the gelatin is completely set dip the bowl in warm water to loosen gelatin. Place a plate over the bowl and carefully flip the bowl over so that the dessert is on the plate.

You should have now a big quivering lump of amber, complete with worms! Dig in and enjoy!

—Amabel, Scholastic Media Staffer

October 26, 2010

New Goosebumps Game: Tombstone Challenge

Posted by at 1:32 am in Games, Goosebumps | Permalink

Goosebumps You may have noticed a new game on THE STACKS called the Get Goosebumps Tombstone Challenge, and you may be wondering why a "Tombstone Challenge?" Well, you know how in the book Goosebumps HorrorLand: Revenge of the Living Dummy when Mr. Molloy tells the legend of the Mind Stealer doll and it sends chills down Britney's spine? Then when Britney takes a closer look at the doll, she hears it say something leaving her terrified only to find out on the next page that it was Ethan playing a prank to scare her? Just like in the Goosebumps books, we wanted to create a prank game that Goosebumps fans can use to give their friends Goosebumps anytime they want. And who better to pull the prank than the ultimate Goosebumps prankster himself, Slappy the Living Dummy!

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