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Bunnicula: a rabbit tale of mystery

on February 1, 2013

JF Howe    •    AR Reading Level: 4.2    •    AR Points: 2.0    •   Quiz #254

bunnicula.aspxWhen the Monroe family goes to the movies to see Dracula, they come home with a strange new pet . . . a bunny rabbit.  That very night they name the rabbit Bunnicula.  Very soon after the arrival of Bunnicula, the family begins to find strange white vegetables all over the house.  What could possibly be causing all of the vegetables in the house to turn white?  The Monroe family is absolutely astounded and completely perplexed.  They cannot understand what is happening to their produce, but Chester, the Monroe family tabby-cat thinks he has the answer.  Chester is extraordinarily well read and he believes the answer lies in an old, dusty book about vampires.  Is Bunnicula really a vampire rabbit? Is he to blame for the mysterious vegetable blight?  Most importantly, can his nocturnal wanderings be stopped?  Together, Chester and the family dog, Harold, must uncover the truth before it is too late.

Told from the perspective of the family dog, a mutt named Harold, Bunnicula is a short book that tells a wholly unique story.  Part horror, part humor, this book is a riff on the classic vampire horror story and is well recommended for fans of either horror or comedy.  This is the first in a long series of books that star the famed bunny vampire, Bunnicula.  Other books in the series include Howliday Inn, Bunnicula Strikes Again, The Celery Strikes at Midnight as well as many other titles.  This is a witty, light hearted, and enjoyable tale readers will likely enjoy thoroughly.

Genre: Horror  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

Howe, D. (2004). Bunnicula: a rabbit tale of mystery. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

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