Review of Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe

Review of Bunnicula by Deborah and James HoweBunnicula by James Howe
Series: Bunnicula #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2011-12-20
Genres: Animals, Humorous Stories, Mammals, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 128
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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.

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. hahahha. lovely idea, i want this!

  2. Heather Zundel says

    Oh my goodness, you just brought back my elementary childhood. I completely forgot this book even existed! Fantastic!

  3. I remember this whole series very fondly, borrowing them from a friend, and then getting my own set for Christmas that year.

  4. 1) I have always wanted to read this and STILL have not. I am in love with Howe for coming up with the title The Celery Stalks at Midnight. Ha!

    2) I buy EVERYTHING from Better World. I go browse bookshelves at stores, make a list, and then get on Better World. I love getting the email from my books, thanking me for getting them away from Jane Eyre (or some other classic) and Principles of Thermodynamics…

    3)Witches brew…nice.

  5. I love this book. It was a fun read.

  6. Juju at Tales of says

    What a funny book. Nice pick!

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