I read this book when I was young, and now I read it with my kids! A great, funny mystery suitable for kids ages 7 - 10. Hilarious point of view from a dog and cat, with a vegetable-juice-sucking bunny.
I am a librarian in an elementary school library. This series is a favorite among the kids, better for kids that are reading chapter books. As a matter of fact they a liked so much, I often have kids placing these books on hold so that they are sure to get a turn reading it because they are often checked out and that part of the shelf is usually empty.
It was just as good as a grown up! I read this one with my husband, a chapter every night so he could appreciate the story before I started reading it to our first baby. A light-hearted, funny read from the dog's point of view. An enjoyable read for all ages.
The first book in a wonderful series by Deborah and James Howe. This book is particularly suited for ages 8 to 10 years old and is a good book for those just starting to read chapter books. The plot is hilarious. The cat and dog try to tell their human family that the new pet is a vampire bunny. Lots of play on words and references to vampires. A great book to read with your child.
Title: Bunnicula, A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
Author: Deborah and James Howe
ISBN: 9781416928171/Aladdin Paperbacks
Protagonist: Harold the dog
Setting: the home of a typical American family
KidLit, Series #1
First Line: I shall never forget the first time I laid these now tired old eyes on our visitor.
Mr. Monroe is a college professor. Mrs. Monroe is a lawyer. They have two young sons, Pete and Toby, a family cat named Chester, and a family dog named Harold. One evening the Monroes go to the theater to see Dracula, and they find a tiny black and white baby bunny in Toby's seat. They bring it home, fix up a very nice cage for it, name it Bunnicula, and think they've just added another pet to the menagerie. But have they done more than that? A few evenings later, Chester the cat discovers Bunnicula sneaking back to his cage from the kitchen. In the morning, Mrs. Monroe finds a very strange-looking white tomato in the refrigerator. Chester becomes convinced that Bunnicula is a vampire, and he won't rest until he's saved his family.
I wish these books had been published when I was a child. I raised rabbits when I was young, and I would've loved these Bunnicula books. Steady, faithful Harold and bookish, paranoid Chester shine in this first book, which made me laugh out loud several times. Fortunately I seem to be going through my second (third?) childhood, because I'm certainly looking forward to the next book in the series!
A book for children, the clever word "Bunnicula" caught my attention and that there was a cat and dog involved as well, had me quickly deciding to order and read the book. Why not? I'm retired. I have time.
The premise is that there is a vampire rabbit that mysteriously gets out of his cage every night and raids the refrigerator, draining the vegetables of their precious fluids and leaving them white as bone. Chester the cat feels he must save the household - Hey! What might the rabbit turn to next for draining?? - and with the clumsy assistance of the family dog, Harold, he makes his way in solving the crisis.
Were my children younger, I would definitely buy this first book in the Bunnicula series. It has humor and imagination spilling out of its pages in large portions. The illustrations are nicely done, too.
The Monroe family is just a typical American family - and still is in many respects. However, little does this normal family realize how much their situation will change by the end of a particularly dark and stormy night. The family pets - Harold the dog and Chester the cat are both spending a quiet night at home, while Mom and Dad Monroe and their two sons - eight-year-old Toby and ten-year-old Pete - are at the movies.
By the time that the Monroes return, they seem to have acquired an unexpected guest - a tiny cute-looking black and white bunny, that the boys found bundled up in the very last row of the movie theater. Obviously, such an innocent, harmless creature only needs a good home and a loving family to care for him. So, the Monroe family decides to take this homeless little waif back with them, and name him Bunnicula, in honor of the movie that they saw: Dracula.
Immediately, Harold and Chester's suspicions are raised. Apparently, all the diabolical signs are there - a seemingly heart-broken mother's message is pinned to the baby rabbit's blanket: "Take good care of my baby" is scrawled in an obscure foreign dialect; strains of exotic violin music echo hauntingly through the night; the desiccated husks of defenseless vegetables litter the Monroes' kitchen floor, although the peculiar bunny shows an obvious aversion to garlic. As Bunnicula slowly settles into his new home and family, Harold and Chester's ultimate mission soon becomes abundantly clear: Beware of the Hare!
The furry duo know that they must do everything within their power to protect the unsuspecting Monroe family from the frightening repercussions of their kindly actions. This well-meaning family has absolutely no inkling of the immense danger in which they have placed themselves. After all, Bunnicula's master plan of domestic domination is stunningly devious for all its quiet simplicity: "Today vegetables...tomorrow the world!" Before it gets too late, Harold and Chester must discover the truth about the newest addition to their household - the suspicious-looking bunny with the mesmerizing eyes and unusual behavior...and fangs!
I've actually read this book once before - when I was approximately ten years old. I had received this book from the Scholastic Book Club during one of the several times a year that the book club sent their newsletter around to all the school districts. The kids in my class were allowed to choose whichever books they wanted to buy, and I was usually the one kid who ended up having the most books stacked up on her desk. I have since lost my copy of this book but wanted to get another copy to keep in my collection.
I found this book to be easy-reading and to be extremely funny, although it seemed to be slightly dated for being written in 1979. I would still give this book an A! I think that I have some of Mr. Howe's books from this series somewhere on my bookshelf.