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Mr. Saur is the main antagonist in the forty-fourth Goosebumps book, Say Cheese and Die — Again!, and its accompanying television adaptation. He is Greg Banks's English teacher and an antagonist in the book.


Mr. Saur is described as being "sort of a legend at Pitts Landing Middle School." His incredibly strict grading policy makes him infamous among students. His sour demeanor has earned him the nickname "Sourball."

Saur is a skeptic, and he attempts to fail Greg Banks for giving a presentation on a supposedly cursed camera. Greg has to go to great lengths to procure the camera and bring it to class, all so he can get a passing grade.

In both the book and the television adaptation, Mr. Saur is still skeptical when Greg presents the camera in class. However, the two diverge in endings. In the book, Mr. Saur takes a photo of the whole class, and Greg is left waiting to see the result. In the episode, a photo is accidentally taken of Mr. Saur, and it shows him bald. At first he believes it to be some sort of trick photograph. Suddenly, his hair begins to fall out. As Greg and his fellow classmates laugh, Mr. Saur panics, screaming "it's not a trick!"

General information


Greg describes Mr. Saur as a strict teacher who never laughs. Because of this, his students usually call him "Sour Ball". He is also known to be quite insulting to his students, at one point taking great pleasure in mocking Greg's rapid weight gain.

Physical appearance

In the book, Greg describes Mr. Saur as bald, bony, and very skinny. Greg also noted that Mr. Saur wore a yellow alligator shirt. In the television episode, Mr. Saur is a heavy-set man with dark hair and a mustache. He wears glasses and a dark gray suit with a bow-tie.




Television and film

Goosebumps (television series)



  • Mr. Saur's actor, Louis Del Grande, is best known for his role in David Cronenberg's 1981 film Scanners as the First Scanner. His head explosion is considered to be one of the most iconic horror movie special effects of all time.