Series: Bunnicula #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2011-12-20
Genres: Animals, Humorous Stories, Mammals, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
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This book is written by Harold. His fulltime occupation is dog. He lives with Mr. and Mrs. Monroe and their sons Toby and Pete. Also sharing the home are a cat named Chester and a rabbit named Bunnicula. It is because of Bunnicula that Harold turned to writing. Someone had to tell the full story of what happened in the Monroe household after the rabbit arrived.Was Bunnicula really a vampire? Only Bunnicula knows for sure. But the story of Chester's suspicions and their consequences makes uproarious reading.Since its first appearance in 1979, Bunnicula has been a hit with kids and their parents everywhere, selling over 8 million copies and winning numerous awards.
Seriously, why would you want to read about a vampire stalker when you can read about a vampire bunny? Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe is a fantastic children’s book which would be a perfect read for today, Halloween, especially if you have children who frighten easily (there are no real scary moments). The book begins with an authors note, about receiving a manuscript from a dog, from then on it is told in first person from Harold’s point of view. Harold being the dog, of course.
Harold’s narration reminded me a bit of Sherlock Holmes, but for children of course. Aside from Harold, I felt the secondary character of Chester the cat to be the type of cat I would someday want. Maybe this is because Chester can read and has excellent taste in books. Chester, however, does not warm up very quickly to vampires. Yet, Chester’s the most perceptive of all of the characters, and perhaps this is why I love Chester. I like that he isn’t oblivious, if it was a horror movie, I wouldn’t be yelling at him. Actually, the majority of characters in Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe were likable, however the family was a bit flat. Then again, Bunnicula is a short book, my portion was 98 pages long, so how much can you really develop characterization.
Also Bunnicula is a book for children, and a super-quick read! While reading Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe, I suggest you drink some witches brew, and by witches brew, I mean green Kool-Aid of course.