Synopsis: On Max's birthday, he finds a kind of magic mirror in the attic. It can make make him invisible. So Max and his friends start playing "now you see me, now you don't." Until Max realizes that he's losing control. Staying invisible a little too long. Having a harder and harder time coming back. Being invisible is turning into a very dangerous game. The next time Max gets invisible, will it be...forever.
With the sixth Goosebumps book, Let's Get Invisible, R.L. Stine's children's horror series really began to become consistent and grow into its own thing. While previous books in the series such as Stay Out Of The Basement and Say Cheese and Die were good and quite memorable, it feels as though Stine really becomes comfortable with his "Goosebumps voice" here -- it's an even mix of kiddie spooks and scares, (mostly) kids' dialogue, and occasional jokes here and there, all while being suspenseful and keeping the young reader enthralled for 125-odd pages. It's no easy task, but Stine's skills at writing for children really shine here.
The story-line is really simple: Max, our main character, and a couple of his friends find an old mirror in his attic, They discover when the light above the glass is turned on, anyone standing directly in front of the mirror turns invisible. They soon discover the longer they stay invisible, the longer it takes and harder it is to come back once the light is turned off. Soon the friends turn it into a competition -- who can stay invisible the longest without feeling weak and in need of turning visible again? -- with dangerous results.
As far as Goosebumps books go, turning invisible via mirror is definitely up there as one of the coolest subjects Stine wrote about. It's fun, intriguing, and spooky without being in-your-face about it. There's definitely some menace in this story, but it's always just out of sight... like those creepy mirror people Max discovers toward the end. *shudder*
I have no complaints about this book. As a "horror" book for kids go, it succeeds. It's scary without being too scary. The characters are memorable enough without back-story getting in the way of the action. The dialogue works and isn't cheesy, which is not something I can say about every Goosebumps book. If you're feeling nostalgic and want to revisit childhood by way of a R.L. Stine story, you can do much worse than this.
Next up: Every joke I thought of putting here is a bit wooden.... it's Night of the Living Dummy!