Michael Webster is the protagonist in the twenty-eighth Goosebumps book, The Cuckoo Clock of Doom, as well as its television adaptation. He is the older brother of Tara Webster.


After Michael messes up his father's cuckoo clock, he gets himself into a mess. A time warp, to be exact. He tries to get to the store where it is, only to find it closed. As a baby, he successfully turns the head of the cuckoo forward and is twelve again. However, his younger sister, Tara (from the chapters up to 17) is gone forever. Given all of the bad things she has done to him, he decides not to retrieve her.

General information

Physical appearance

Michael is twelve-years-old, Caucasian, short for his age, but not skinny. He has short and thick brown hair. Everyone says that he and Tara look alike, which Michael hates.

In the television series, his hair is blond and comes down to his neck.


Michael is best known for his hatred of his younger sister Tara. He hated it when she got him in trouble and he hated it when his parents blamed him for something that was her fault. And this unfortunately gave him a complicated relationship with his mother, as she was so unfair to him by saying that he is always making things up, telling fibs and impossible stories and that his father was encouraging his "imagination" too much, even though Michael doesn't have an imagination. He is also sick of the no-meat, low-fat meals that she constantly makes for dinner.

Michael is also close to his friends and has a crush on Mona as there is something sort of cool about her that he really liked. He began to have second thoughts about her during going in time at nursery school when he saw what she used to be like. But after Cecilia told him that Mona had a crush on him, he began to reconsider his crush. Michael also likes to have some privacy and really works out in sports.

List of appearances


Television and film



  • Michael's twelve-year-old actor, John White also played Steve Boswell in "The Haunted Mask II", replacing Steve's original actor, George Kinamis.
  • Michael is the only protagonist to be played by three different actors in a single episode of the television series.
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