Book 41: Bad Hare Day
Bad Hare Day is the tail (pun intended) of Tim. Tim is a magic buff and dreams of being a huge success like his hero Amaz-O. However every time he does a magic show his little sister Ginny ruins everything.
Tim and Ginny sneak out to see Amaz-O live and Tim is disappointed to find out Amaz-O’s a bit of a jerk. He steals his Magic Kit. While the magic tricks overwhelm him things get particularly bad when Ginny bites into a carrot found in the magic kit and turns into a rabbit.
He returns to Amaz-O’s dressing room in hopes of getting her turned back. Instead he discovered Amaz-O is a giant puppet and the real Amaz-O is a talking rabbit. The rabbit assures Tim that his sister will be returned to normal in less than an hour.
Ginny leaves and Tim stays to talk to Amaz-O. Amaz-O offers him a role in the magic show. In the end we discover that Amaz-O has turned Tim into a Rabbit and returned to his normal body.
THE BAD: I hate Stine’s sibling rivalries in his books. I’ve complained about this before and I’m sure this won’t be the last time I do. They’re beyond reasonable and realistic obnoxious and fall into fist clenching fury levels of annoying. Also, while I like the ending... it doesn’t explain how Amaz-O switched their bodies/got out of his rabbit body/etc.
THE GOOD: I liked the ending (even though the dummy thing feels straight out of my favorite episode of Tales from the Crypt). It wasn’t great, It didn’t make much sense... but it had a demented angle that isn’t in a lot of these stories.
THE TV SHOW EPISODE: This was pretty faithful adaptation. They skipped over elements for time but it was decent. there’s a big of a twist at the end with the Rabbit actually being a rival magician who’s just insane enough to be campy and hilarious. All in all I dug it.