A brand new Goosebumps arc narrated by the most iconic and evil character of the series, Slappy! Devin and his sister Violet are visiting their Uncle Jack for the summer. He lives in an old house by the seashore. Jack was a sailor and he has collected strange and fascinating items from the sea. Exploring a back room, Devin and Violet discover a locked trunk. A pirate’s chest. The trunk is wrapped in old, heavy chains and locked with a huge rusted lock. But they manage to get it open. They lift the lid slowly-and see that it’s filled with antique jack-in-the-boxes. Huh? One box is hidden under the others, covered in dust. It plays an odd unpleasant song. Up pops a very ugly, mean-looking puppet, an old pirate with a dirty red bandana over his long greasy hair, scars on his cheeks, and a beard, and one eye missing. “Thanks for letting Sailor Jack out!” he rasps, bouncing on his spring. Devin and Violet now face new and troubling questions: Will Jack return them to their uncle? Just how much is a pirate’s promise worth?
Slappy’s next tale within the Slappyworld where “you only scream in it.” Takes us to a mysterious island, looking for a specific item in order to bring Devin and Violet back to their Uncle. Only problem is would you trust a word from a Puppet Pirate? Devin and Violet were warned by their Uncle to stay away from the locked door. However though besides a talking pirate “Jack in the box”, a cat is present that can…. in fact talk to you in conversations while telling you their story of the Pirate life, to being rescued and learning to talk.
Once out in the ocean it starts to become chores for the crew. Meaning none of really “sailed” nor given directions to find out which way is what, because normally that was all Jack. Their ship isn’t the greatest condition that it does start sinking, making them now Shark bait. They then spot another ship in the distance, and from there, that’s where the story becomes more interesting and very clever parts structured to carry out a nice way of adventure, lost, loyality and family.
It may seem slow at times when the adventure first starts. But once it really dives into it, while intermissions with Slappy (voiced by Joe Fria) help bring humorous puns and jokes. It’s a fun story in the end.
In conclusion R.L. Stine delivers a creative story of a Jack in a Box, only designed as a very old and worn out Pirate. While making Devin and Violet go after a specific item, with hardly a crew that even knows how to sail. I mean the story alone seems to be mostly in this Sea that comes from inside the box of the Jack in the Box? Either way, another audiobook is very well done with returning voice actor, Joe Fria. If you’re a fan of the classic stories, then Slappyworld is just for you.