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Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes was the thirty-fourth book in the Goosebumps book series. It was preceded by The Horror at Camp Jellyjam and followed by A Shocker on Shock Street.

Plot

SOMEONE'S BEEN STALKING IN MY GARDEN! (Or) GNOME, SWEET GNOME? NON DESCRIPTIVE

Two pink flamingos. A whole family of plaster skunks. Joe Burton's dad loves tacky lawn ornaments. But when he brings home two ugly lawn gnomes, the trouble begins. Late at night. When everyone's asleep. Someone's creeping in the garden. Whispering nasty things. Smashing melons. Squashing tomatoes. No way two dumb old lawn ornaments with pointy hats could be causing all the trouble. . . . . Is there?

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Television Adaptation

  • The television episode's ending is different. In the book, the lawn gnomes are destroyed, but Joe's dad buys a lawn statue of a gorilla (which comes to life). In the television episode, the lawn gnomes come back to life after being frozen by bright light and attack Mr. McCall, Joe and Mindy's drill sergeant neighbor, and, when the judges come over for the "Best Lawn" contest, they tell Joe's dad that they found a hideous lawn gnome in the backyard, which turns out to be Mr. McCall.
  • Moose and Buster are not in the television episode.
  • Mr. McCall is a lot meaner than in the book.

Trivia

  • This story was adapted as a comic book in the Goosebumps Graphix book, Scary Summer drawn by Dean Haspiel.
  • Joe and Mindy's parents are Jeffrey and Marion Burton in the book and Moose's father is Bill McCall. Marion Burton was also the first mother to be mentioned by name in the books.

Television Episode Trivia

  • On this television episode's theme, the dog's eyes do not light up.
  • This is the last of three television episodes on the DVD, Go Eat Worms.
  • This television episode was adapted into Goosebumps Presents Book #18, the final book in the series.

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