It's Artie Howard's first day of school, summer vacation is over and its time to hit the books, or the floor, as Artie does on his first morning, banging his head and seeing stars.
The day doesn't get any better, Artie's younger brother, Eddy has squirted syrup all over him and splashes muddy water all over Artie as they walk to school. Not only that, but Wowser, Artie's dog, has followed him to school and has jumped all over his new principal, Mr. Jenks, ripping his suit.
Then there is the school's hero, Brick, who always seems to be at the end of Artie's mishaps, from getting hit in the head with a baseball, to knocking Brick down the stairs and breaking his leg, the turmoil and antics do not stop.
Each thing that occurs, from the bodies buried in the basement of his school to the threats from his principal, Artie just wishes the day would end and he could start a new day. Artie realizes that being the new kid sure has its disadvantages as he becomes lost in the maze of his new school and dumps his lunch all over the students, Artie cannot wait for the day to end. When he amazingly makes it through his first day, Artie wakes up to begin his first day of school all over again!!
Determined not to make the same mistakes as the day before, the outcome of the second day is worse and each day thereafter doesn't get any better. How does Artie stop this time loop where he feels like he's in the movie "Groundhog Day"? Is he doomed to repeat the first day for the rest of his life?
As usual, I enjoyed R.L. Stine's newest creation. I loved the comedic aspects that R.L. writes with, the hidden meanings to the words is a lark. I loved the story continuing as it did and getting worse and worse with each take. I enjoyed not knowing what was going on, which ensured you continued to read until you do and even then, your not sure. One of the great techniques that this book was written in.
I thought Artie was a very likeable character, as were everyone involved, even though we only see Brick at the hands of Artie's disasters, he gives an air of mystery to the book that only adds to its appeal.
If you enjoy the R.L. Stine books, then this one will not disappoint, its written with the PG-13 edge that R.L. is famous for and you will find pleasure upon the pages. I would give this book a four out of five stars.
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