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Is He Or Isn't He A Vampire?

Before It's Too Late, Harold The Dog And Chester The Cat Must Find Out The Truth About The Newest Pet In The Monroe HouseholdA Suspiciouslooking Bunny With Unusual Habits And Fangs!


10 thoughts on “Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery

  1. says:

    Another fun time reading a classic and nostalgia filled book to my kids!

    Probably the best part of the experience was when it came to sharing my progress on Goodreads and the wide array of responses I got. Everything from, “Wow, I haven’t read this in years! I was one of my favorites!” to, “WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU READING!” I mean, it is a book about a vampire bunny and if you saw the cover come across your feed, and you had never heard of it, you might have had a similar shocked reaction!

    I did enjoy reading this to my kids and have enjoyed the fact that they have now consumed three straight books one chapter a night with great enthusiasm. However, unlike Charlie and the Chocolate factory, it did not quite translate to a 5-star read for me as an adult and, if I had not been enjoying it along with my kids I might have not enjoyed it quite as much. But, still, a classic!

    One of my favorite things about this book is that it does have a similar feel to Dracula in the narration by Harold the dog. His delivery and diction felt very similar to Harker’s letters in Dracula. That was a really cool connection – and I hope if my kids get to read Dracula some day they remember Bunnicula!

    So, either enjoy a nostalgic “horror” trip to your childhood or continue to be confused as to why someone would want to read this. Either way, Bunnicula is not going anywhere in the annals of classic youth literature


  2. says:

    while i read this, check out a vampire list i made over here - http://www.rifflebooks.com/list/21865...

    OCTOBER

    as part of my personal reading challenges for 2017, once a month i will be revisiting a favorite book from when i was a little bitty karen and seeing if it holds up to my fond memories and determining if i can still enjoy it as an old and crotchety karen.


    fingers crossed.


  3. says:

    (This review is from 2004.)

    Since it’s Halloween, I thought I’d talk about something frightening: Bunnies. Vampire bunnies. Ninja vampire bunnies. Okay, so, maybe not that ninja part. But definitely vampire bunnies—one in particular.

    So, my roommate (Mr. “I’m not in there!” from the other week) was recently given a collection of young adult books as a birthday present. Most of the stack didn’t interest me, but I did notice one specific volume in the pile. I remember reading Bunnicula as a child, and it very well could have been my first genre fiction book ever. So, intrigued about how I would regard the experience as an adult, I sat down one evening to give the novel another read.

    I came out of it with two impressions. First, that is one amazingly fun book. Second, that is one amazingly short book.

    On the second point, it turns out that I’m older now—and I’m used to stories that take a little bit longer to tell. It’s pretty amazing how few words they managed to pack into so many pages. (It’s around a hundred, give or take, depending on your edition.) It’s short. It has chapters, true, but they’re. . .well, more like extended paragraphs. I was through the book before I knew what had happened.

    Part of that, however, was due to sheer enjoyment. Often times, when I look back at things I enjoyed as a child, I find that I displayed an embarrassing lack of discerning taste. (G.I. Joe—or pretty much any cartoon I watched—makes a fine example.) Bunnicula, however, was a delightful read—both because of how fun it was, and because it proves that I at least had good taste in books when I was young. (Even if my TV habits were deplorable.)

    Anyway, about the book itself. Aspiring writers, take note—there are a wealth of lessons to be learned from this humble story. First off, it has an interesting premise. A normal family discovers a mysterious pet bunny abandoned in a movie theater—a bunny that turns out to have belonged to Dracula, and how goes out during the night to hunt vegetables and drain their ‘blood.’ Amusing, perhaps a bit farcical—however, the authors manage to mix this potentially-ridiculous idea with some solid storytelling. The book is told from the viewpoint of the family’s pet dog, a creature with a healthy dose of personality and an interesting narrative style.

    That means we have both a clever premise, a strong character, and a unique viewpoint. Mix with that a solid mystery plot—why are these white vegetables appearing around the house, and why does that bunny look so downright evil?—and you have a book that will hold its own against pretty much anything you throw at it. I know a lot of modern fantasy novels that could learn a few things from Bunnicula.

    So, I recommend that you give the book a read, if you haven’t already. It’s fun, quick, and could probably teach you a few things. And, if you did read the book as a child, it might be an interesting experience to pick it up—like I did—and see how your childhood memories compare to your adult observations.


  4. says:

    A sweet little horror book that isn’t really a horror book 😉



    Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾🎃


  5. says:

    Hear me out: there is no Bunnicula. This is about the cat.

    His name is Chester. He has schemes and a vivid imagination, as cats do. He's steeped in Gothic literature. Here's my Gothic Drinking Game if you need a refresher, and notice how Bunnicula will get you drunk:


    - Nasty weather
    - Fainting (in our first hint that Bunnicula may not be the villain, he is usually the fainter)
    - Creepy noises
    - Scary eyes
    - And the most important thing: a relative turns out to be the surprise villain.

    Here's what we know: the Monroes have a new bunny, and vegetables are turning white. The bunny has funny markings, which leads the family to name him Bunnicula. On this evidence Chester declares the bunny a vampire. This is basically the plot of Northanger Abbey.

    This would be funny if Chester's reaction wasn't so unbelievably cruel: he immediately starts stealing all the food from the bunny's cage, to keep the bunny from murdering lettuce. Bunnicula is young. Chester is starving a baby bunny to death because he says it's a vampire.

    bunnicula
    One of the original illustrations, which are great, basically lays out the whole plot

    The book is narrated by the family dog, who plays himself off as stupid but also insists he recognizes and understands Romanian, so it's safe to call him unreliable. Anyway dogs are the least reliable of narrators, have you ever tried to let one explain what they're smelling?

    The poor family finally realizes Bunnicula is on the brink of death and rushes him to the vet, who prescribes carrot juice, so the poor thing is saved in the nick of time. The rabbit has still never said a word; there's been no evidence whatsoever that he's a vampire. The only thing we have is pale vegetables. Recovered but with no one in the least concerned about what happened in the first place, he's forced to continue living with the monster who tried to kill him in the most cruel way.

    Bunnicula subverts our expectations: we expect to discover that he is indeed a vampire, but in the end that's not the story at all. As in great Gothic novels like Uncle Silas and Lady Audley's Secret, the real villain was inside the house: it's Chester, the psychopathic cat. Jealous of the attention paid to a new pet, he frames him as a monster and is barely stopped from murdering him. He's abetted by the dog, who hides a slavish complicity under his goofy doggishness. Horrifyingly, there are sequels to Bunnicula. Who knows what tortures they'll bring to this poor, defenseless bunny?


  6. says:

    I haven’t read this book in probably 30 years or so. I’m happy to report that it’s still delightful and a great read-along with kiddos.

    Though I could have done without the special edition scratch-n-sniff bunny droppings cover.


  7. says:

    It’s only month #2 of the “books that made me love reading" challenge, and already, I’m noticing a pattern. Last month, I re-reviewed Harold and the Purple Crayon, a book that has had a profound influence on my life. I freely attribute my creativity to the inspiration I received from this happy little picture book, and now I realize that this month’s book, Bunnicula, has had an equally large impact on my life and personality.

    Bunnicula made me smart. Seriously, it did.

    Yes, I’m raising serious nature vs. nurture questions here, but the authors Howe & Howe really deserve some credit. They didn’t dumb down their vocabulary to appeal to children, no. They let the big words and the references to classic literary works fly. The authors didn’t say, “Hey, wait a sec here. How are kids supposed to know about Dracula, or Treasure Island, or A Tale of Two Cities?” They said, “Hey, kids probably won’t know about these great books, but maybe after reading Bunnicula, they’ll search them out.”

    I really respect that about Bunnicula, and frankly, I don’t even remember the huge words being a problem when I was reading it as a kid. Maybe these things are less of an issue than adults think they are, just saying.

    Okay, so the title of the book clearly refers to our friend, Bunnicula, the vampire bunny wabbit. And the narrator is Harold, a mutt who loves to feast on chocolate cupcakes but never succumbs to their poison. Interesting...

    Now, who, you ask, who is the star of this tome? Why, Chester, the hair-brained, intellectual pussy cat, of course!

    I think I probably wanted to marry Chester when I was a little girl. That’s okay to admit, because children often want to marry parents or cartoon characters. Chester is a perfectly acceptable crush, thank you. (I also crushed major on Disney’s Aladdin, but that’s a story for another day.)

    The reasons why Chester is super dreamy abound. He’s intelligent, well-read, persistent, intuitive, funny, and cuddly. If you didn’t know I was talking about a fictional cat just now, you would probably be like, “Oh, sign me up for some of that!” Don’t lie to yourself, admit it!

    Sure, Chester isn’t always right about everything. Who is? But it’s fun to watch his misadventures unfold. Flights of fancy are fun, especially when you’re tucked comfortably into your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sleeping bag with a flash light. Are you understanding who I was as a child now?

    Bunnicula was a great read for boys and girls alike. I should know, because I detested girly gook. I collected bugs and refused to play with dolls. Bunnicula wasn’t a story about a pampered princess; it was a nitty gritty tale of vegetables in peril. I liked that.

    Bunnicula was cute while still being terrifyingly ferocious. I’m sorry, Edward Cullen, but I’d take Bunnicula over you ANY DAY!


  8. says:

    A blast from my past that is still epic to this day. One of my first horror reads, too. Bunnicula and My Teacher is an Alien are why I started writing stories when I was younger. I read those two books and thought, "Hey, I can do this!" The rest is history.

    In summation: Find it. Read it. Pass it down through the generations.

    Final Judgment: Highly recommended for all ages.


  9. says:

    Bunnicula, written by Harold the dog and starring Chester the cat, was well-received by my kids on a recent trip north. It was short, silly, and featured hi jinks of the best kind. Chester is one high brow cat! Extremely well-read and quite impressed with himself, he makes frequent literary references and he sees no reason to dumb down his language for Harold and as a parent, I loved that. I chuckled at his barbs and sarcastic comments, as well as his paranoid ideas about the bunny. Chester stole the show but Bunnicula is a better title. Just don't tell Chester that...I suspect he'd be highly offended.


  10. says:

    Hilarious and delightful read! I'm a sucker for books narrated by animals. With a Dracula theme and a snarky cat, how can you lose?!


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