“I was about to be crushed into Kat litter!”
“Goosebumps #30: It Came From Beneath the Sink!” by R.L. Stine
Don’t judge. Sometimes, you just need a little bit of a quick blow-through book to pad up the numbers. Besides, the point of this project is to read everything, good and bad, big and small, and this book happened to be near the top of one of my giant book piles. I was tempted to call it a pallet cleanser, but that would suggest that it was refreshing after a particularly difficult book, and that was definitely Eric, the last one I finished. This was just…amusement and nostalgia.
I’m definitely in the age range to have grown up reading the Goosebumps series, and I loved quite a few of them. I was a little disappointed that this one seemed to be the only on in my current collection, because it wasn’t very good. I think this was about the time I started moving onto the Fear Street series by Stine as well, and I’m tempted to try to dig some of those up, too!
Either way, It Came From Beneath the Sink! is the story of a young girl and her brother who move into a brand new house and discover this old and disgusting sponge underneath the sink. But this isn’t some ordinary disgusting sponge, oh no. It turns out to be an evil creature called a Grool that brings nothing but the worst of luck and a lot of danger into the lives of those who possess it. You can’t give it away, or else you will die, and it can’t be destroyed by force or violence. So what’s a girl like Kat to do?
I like the concept. I think if I was still eleven as I was when this book was published, I would have thought it was great. But I just thought there wasn’t enough. I didn’t care enough about Kat and her brother to really care if they got crushed by a tree branch or their father fell from a ladder, especially since every chapter seemed more focused on building up what bad thing was going to happen next rather than giving the characters much of a personality or purpose. As I write this, part of me is thinking, ‘It’s a kid’s book! Aren’t you being a little analytical about a kid’s book?” I don’t think so; I read a lot of young adult lit and some of it is absolutely phenomenal. And I know Goosebumps is kind of like the pulp of kid lit, but even the three chapter preview of the next book in the series, Night of the Living Dummy II was more engaging and interesting than the entirety of this book.
Ugh, why couldn’t it have been The Dead House or One Day at HorrorLand. I loved those ones. And the latter had an awesome video game to go with it, too…But whatever. It’s another book for the count!
Books read: 12 out of 100.