The cover illustration shows Slappy the Dummy sitting on at the foot of a pink bed, alongside two stuffed animals. His mouth is open and he is leaning to one side.
You Can't Teach an Old Dummy New Tricks!
Amy's ventriloquist dummy, Dennis, keeps losing his head...for real. So Amy begs her family for a new dummy. That's when her dad finds Slappy in a local pawnshop. Slappy's kind of ugly, but Amy's having fun practicing her new routine. Then terrible things start happening. Horrible, nasty things. Just like what happened the first time. Because there's something odd about Slappy. Something not quite right. Something evil...
Amy Kramer performs with her dummy, Dennis, every Thursday night at her family's personal talent show. Unfortunately, Dennis has become almost unusable with age, and his head keeps falling off. Amy's father surprises her with Slappy, whom he found at a pawn shop. Upon inspecting the dummy, they find a moldy sandwich crammed inside his head, which, at first, Amy thinks is Slappy's brain.
After Amy reads the little card with the magic spell inside Slappy's pocket (Karru Marri Odonna Loma Molonu Karrano), Slappy starts to cause a lot of mischief. His antics include slapping Amy's father on the cheek, ruining a birthday party, and trashing Amy's sister Sara's bedroom. Amy's sister, as well as her younger brother Jed, repeatedly accuse Amy of doing all these things, and Amy's parents believe them. Amy gets punished for all of Slappy's mischief. One night, she hears Slappy breaking out of her bedroom closet she keeps him in. She sees the dummy walk out of her bedroom to Sara's bedroom, ruin her watercolor painting even further, and paint Amy's name repeatedly on the wall.
Sara soon confesses that she saw Slappy wrecking her bedroom but didn't want to tell anyone because she couldn't believe it. The two girls decide to prove it by having their parents see him moving. They use Jed disguised as Dennis in order to shock Slappy long enough for them to grab him.
When the lights come on, "Dennis" leaps out and startles Slappy, knocking his head into Sara's iron bedpost and breaking it in two. A worm-like creature wiggles out of Slappy's broken head and goes into a crack in the wall. They tell Jed that he did a great job in tackling Slappy, but they don't see him. It turns out that Jed forgot to wake up and pretend to be Dennis. Amy then asks, "If it wasn't Jed, who fought Slappy?"
Reprints and rereleases
2003 - 2007 reprint series
|April 28, 2015||Standalone||Paperback|
- The Classic Goosebumps reprint was released as a tie-in to the Goosebumps film. Also, the title of the reprint uses traditional numerals instead of Roman numerals, meaning the reprint is titled Night of the Living Dummy 2.
- In Portugal, this is the thirty-second book in the original Goosebumps series.
|Audiobook||Release date||Length||Narrated by||Published by|
|September 2015||2 hours, 30 minutes||Renee Dorian||Scholastic Inc.|
- This being Slappy's first role as the lead villain is similar to the horror film franchise Friday the 13th. In the first film, the villain is Pamela Voorhees, but in the rest of the films, the villain is her son, Jason Voorhees.
References in other Goosebumps media
- The title of the book is mentioned in Goosebumps: The Game; Slappy kills you if you say that he was the main villain in Night of the Living Dummy. He gets angry because Mr. Wood was the main villain.
- This is similar to a scene in the horror film Scream. A man calls Casey Becker on the phone, and he agrees that he won't harm her if she can correctly answer a question. The man on the phone asks her to name the villain in the film Friday the 13th. Casey mistakenly believes that Jason Voorhees was the villain in the first Friday the 13th film.