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Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery (Bunnicula #1)

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THIS book is written by Harold. His full time occupation is dog. He lives with Mr. and Mrs. X (here called 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 arr ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published March 1st 1979 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 1979)
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Emlyn Chand
Feb 21, 2012 Emlyn Chand rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 nat
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Brandon Sanderson
(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, a
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Edward Lorn
Sep 24, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kayla Edwards
Just read this novel with my elementary book club. The kids found the idea of a vampire bunny hysterical. This book's popularity has been making a comeback lately with all of the vampire hype in recent years. And I must say, my favorite part of the entire novel may be the Editor's Note at the beginning.
Michelle Isenhoff
Apr 22, 2012 Michelle Isenhoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first met Chester and Harold as a kid and fell in love with them. If you haven’t encountered these two yet, let me introduce you. Chester is a highly educated cat with a vivid imagination. One of his delights is to listen to his owner, a college English professor, practice class lectures. He’s widely read, and especially favors Edgar Allen Poe. Harold isn’t quite as intellectual as Chester, but he does have a good deal more common sense. He’s also the one who wrote and delivered the first manu ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Bunnicula is hilarious! I loved it during the 5th grade when I read it over the summer, and nearly everyone I know enjoys it for its witty humor and quirky characters.
Jinx King
Jun 21, 2015 Jinx King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This shit was my jam in the fourth grade.
Drebbles
Dec 29, 2010 Drebbles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Howard the Dog and Chester the Cat enjoy living with their humans - Harold especially likes Toby who enjoys feasts that he shares with Harold. So when the family brings home a bunny they name Bunnicula, it isn't surprising that Harold and Chester are a bit jealous of the attention the family focuses on Bunnicula. But Chester's jealousy soon turns into the suspicion that Bunnicula is a vampire. He sets out to prove it - no matter what the cost.

Although "Bunnicula" is aimed at readers ages 8 - 12
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
I had completely forgotten about reading this book as a child until a conversation with my best friend likening someone to a bunny with red eyes and fangs. Whereupon she said, wait, I'm pretty sure that's actually a book isn't it? She looked it up and yes, yes it was.

BUNNICULA is one of those children's books that I love! Literary references and large vocabulary words interwoven into an adorable little story. Although I had forgotten about this book, not hard to do when you book carnivore like
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Corinne
I remember hearing about this little "vampire" bunny when I was a kid, but the story never interested me. Shame on me, because I read it outloud to my two little boys this past week and had a ball. Our narrator is the loyal, if not slightly blustering, dog Harold. When their family discovers a WHITE tomato, Harold's scheming cat-friend Chester is convinced that the family's new bunny is the culprit. A juice sucking BUNNY? That is just funny, in fact, my boys were in hysterics more than once, tha ...more
Robert Kent
What makes a classic middle grade book a classic? I know I’ve reviewed some here, such as Watership Down, James and the Giant Peach, The Giver, and Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing. But what makes those books classics and new books, such as Savvy by Ingrid Law, likely to be but not yet classics? I don’t really know, but I think time has something to do with it, which is a crappy deal for writers. Classics are books that have endured over a particular period of time and if you’re an author hopin ...more
Jodi
May 31, 2009 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Third Graders - Fifth Graders
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Hollowspine
Feb 08, 2010 Hollowspine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
It's been many years since I read this book and I'm not sure if I actually read it myself or had it read to me.

My memories about the story were a bit different from what I experienced now re-hearing it (my brother read it to me while I drove him around Northern Minnesota and North Dakota). I remember feeling a bit more frightened the first time. Of course I was a child when I first heard it, but somehow I remembered it being a lot more chilling. I also remember it being a bit longer, but I suppo
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J.G. Keely
I had a bizarre obsession with this book as a diminutive child. There is a vague remembrance of myself dancing menacingly in an airport while my father's friend improvised (at my behest) a song on the topic on his guitar. It is unfortunate that the book was not written by a darker and stranger writer, for my love of the concept didn't really translate to the simple silliness of the books themselves.

Of course, I didn't want something evil and frightening, but a bit of Carroll's disturbance would
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Gail
May 15, 2008 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
Introduced this book to my 4th grade class. Started out with overhead transparencies of Bela Lugosi as Dracula, and discussed common - held beliefs about vampires. After having the students complete a Vampire Worksheet, we dove into chapter 1, pausing for exciting vocabulary words.
A fun, fun read. Great for those kids who have a dry sense of humor. They'll appreciate the jokes. The rest enjoy reading about pets that are smarter than (or, at least as smart as)their humans.
Naoms
By far my favorite book as a kid. Rivaled only by Green Eggs and Ham. I credit this book for introducing me to vampires.
Cristi-Lael
Oct 04, 2015 Cristi-Lael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, own
Super fun Halloween-y book to read to the girls. I expected it so be kind of childish and lame, but actually there were several very funny parts between Chester and Harold that made me laugh while reading them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved that it took a very innocent side to a "scary" story. It was perfect for my 7 year old daughter, who is dealing with fears a lot lately. The more I can show her there's really no reason to be afraid of things like vampires, the better. :o)
I highly
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The Crimson Fucker
poor cat =(
Sarai
Feb 23, 2010 Sarai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazon lists this as being for ages 9-12, but I was reading it recently as part of my personal growth project. :) Actually, listening to it in the car.

I really love the title because Bunnicula sounds cool. I like to put emphasis on the second syllable and kind of draw it out. Bun-NIH-cu-lahhhhh. In a kind of Dracula voice.

Harold, the family dog (and story narrator), and Chester, the family cat, live in relative peace and quiet until the arrival of a new bunny the family names Bunnicula - part bu
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Monster
Bunnicula is a classic scary story for kids. When the Monroe family finds a strange bunny in a theater showing Dracula, their cat, Chester, and dog, Harold, decide to investigate the aptly named Bunnicula. As if the bunny's strange markings and creepy red eyes weren't

enough, weird things start happening around him, like vegetables appearing completely drained of their juice. The lovably dim Harold and

too-smart-for-his-own-good Chester must figure out if Bunnicula really is a bunny-creature of th
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Greta is Erikasbuddy
Sep 27, 2012 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pet lovers
Recommended to Greta is Erikasbuddy by: Krena
Shelves: favorites
I love my used bookstore. I can't tell you how much I adore it. Because outside..... in the freebie pile... was a torn and tattered copy of Bunnicula!!!

I was ecstatic!!

I haven't read Bunnicula since I was in Middle School. My friend, Krena, got to go to all the cool places. Like bookstores and record shops and over the bridge way more than me. I mainly got my books from the library and grocery stores.

But why am I telling you this? Because it was Krena who showed me Bunnicula!

She told me I could
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Brenda
Oct 25, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brenda by: Battle of the Books 2012
Shelves: fiction
One night the Monroe family is out watching the movie "Dracula" when they happen upon a small rabbit shivering in their son's seat. The family bring him home and introduce him to the rest of their family (Harold the dog and Chester the cat) as Bunnicula. Chester begins to notice a few strange things about Bunnicula (sleeps all day, disappears at night) but it could be all of those books that Chester reads that are making his imagination run wild. Chester is determined to prove that Bunnicula is ...more
Ginger Smith
I was pretty leary of this title when I first brought it home. But after I started it, I was hooked. It is a story told by the family dog named Harold, but the story itself outlines the antics of the family cat named Chester in his pursuit of trying to save the family from the new baby bunny that they recently brought home. Chester believes him to be a vampire bunny. Harold goes along with Chester's antics, even though they all seems to backfire on him. This title has all the qualities of a funn ...more
Dana
Aug 19, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has always stuck with since reading it in elementary school. I couldn't remember the details exactly except that it was about a vampire bunny who sucks the juice out of vegetables at night in the garden. So after many years of it randomly floating around in my brain I finally went and found a copy at Bookmans. I want to give it to my niece but I thought I better read it first to make sure it is age appropriate. It is a short book and I whipped through it within 2 sittings over the week ...more
The Book Slayer
Sep 08, 2014 The Book Slayer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This was mostly good fun, even if it's meant for very young people. The jokes worked for me in any case, so I guess the book is suitable for adults too. Thinking I couldn't go wrong with such a story, I purchased the entire box set for $40. Reading the first book in the series took 85 minutes! Very easy read. With some illustrations interspersed throughout the book to help with your imagination, things were often amusing, and occasionally laugh-out-loud. It helps if you like dogs, cats and rabbi ...more
Maryse
Sep 18, 2007 Maryse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
I read this when I was in grade 3 and had since had the urge to steal from the my school library. Though the title is named after Bunnicula, it's Harold (the dog) and Chester (the cat) that I loved most. Chester's paranoia about the poor rabbit fed by his insatiable appetite for books is quite unforgettable. I'm so glad they started selling copies of these again here. At least I won't have to result to stealing it to read it again.
Lauren W
I think Bannicula was a pretty good book for such a short story. I think if you or you know someone looking for a quick,simple and don't forget over all great little story try Bannicula. The book Bannicula would be a great learning book to read if you or your child is looking for a bigger step up from the picture books.I would reccomend this book to well little people learning how to read,reading in the car or even catching up on pages to read.
The book Bannicula was about the family with the las
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Kasia
So cute! So funny! I was pleasantly surprised. A vampire bunny seems like a grand idea, but for some reason I was afraid this book would not deliver. Guess what? I could not have been happier to be proven wrong. There's just one thing that bothers me slightly - this is ages 9-12. Nine through twelve!!!! What does that say about me? Anyways, if you have kid, if you have a copy of Bannicula - you know what to do.
Marisa
Review by my 8 year old:
I liked the characters, especially Chester. I liked reading this book with my mom and I can not wait to read this book again.
Meghan
Jun 05, 2008 Meghan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults, anyone
Bunnicula was also one of my favorites as a kid. I particularly liked Harold, the family dog, who was always so calm and accepting of Bunnicula. And Chester, the cat, who was convinced that Bunnicula would kill them all in their sleep. Too bad Bunnicula had a penchant for veggies...
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“So, this is a rabbit, I thought. He sort of looks like Chester, only he's got longer ears and a shorter tail. And a motor in his nose.” 15 likes
“Harold: "It so happens I was discussing great works of literature with Toby."
Chester: "Since when is a Twinkies wrapper considered a great work of literature?”
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