The Incredible Shrinking Fifth Grader was going to be the twenty-sixth book in the Goosebumps Series 2000 book series. It was never released, due to R.L. Stine's contract with Scholastic expiring. The plot to the book is unknown.

Cover art

Tim Jacobus, the cover artist for Goosebumps Series 2000, said he did indeed create cover art for the book. Jacobus says the illustration featured a tiny sized kid holding a pencil, warding off a white rat on a desk in a classroom. According to Jacobus, the artwork was finished. However, Scholastic called Jacbous and told him not to turn it in. They also said it would be his last Goosebumps cover.[1]

On March 9th, 2017, the image was finally revealed, as Jacobus sent one of our admins an image of the original artwork.[2]


While this book was never released, the title and cover artwork suggest that the protagonist, a fifth grader, shrinks to miniature sizes.

In 2001, R.L. Stine published a one-off book titled The Adventures of Shrinkman. The intro to the book says it was partially inspired by the movie The Incredible Shrinking Man, which is the same film that The Incredible Shrinking Fifth Grader derived its title from. The main character of The Adventures of Shrinkman is in the fifth grade, which is the same as the protagonist of the The Incredible Shrinking Fifth Grader. In The Adventures of Shrinkman, there is a scene where a white lab rat attacks the miniature protagonist, which is extremely similar to the scenario depicted in the cover illustration for the book The Incredible Shrinking Fifth Grader.



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