Planet of the Lawn Gnomes is the first book in the Goosebumps Most Wanted book series. It was published in 2012.

The cover art shows two Lawn Gnomes with evil grins.


Jay Gardener can't seem to stay out of trouble. Even after a fresh start in a new neighborhood, he keeps finding himself in bad situations. But it's not his fault! Jay wants to be a good kids, he really does, it's just these strange things keep happening to him. What kind of a place did his family move to? And why does every house have so many lawn gnomes in their yard? Jay better learn quickly that there are things a lot more scary than his parents...

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  • The book title is a reference to 1968 sci-fi movie "Planet of the Apes"
  • This book is not a direct sequel to the book Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes because it happens at a different place and with different characters.
  • Some references were made in this book:
    • It takes inspiration from the ninth Goosebumps book, Welcome to Camp Nightmare, especially with the twist ending. Adding to that, Jay Gardener has the same big blue eyes and red hair as the Jay from the same (only his hair is just curly and not so wild) and they're both quite mischievous. They may not be the same person (or alien), but that does make them strikingly similar.
    • The whole neighborhood having the same lawn gnomes outside each of their homes was like in Beware, the Snowman, where the village had every snowman outside each house.