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

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This reissue of the classic story featuring the vampire rabbit celebrates the book's twentieth anniversary. Includes an essay by co-author James Howe on the origins of "Bunnicula."
Hardcover, 20th Anniversary Edition, 160 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Atheneum Books (first published 1979)
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Emlyn Chand
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
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
Michelle Isenhoff
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
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
May 31, 2009 Jodi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Third Graders - Fifth Graders
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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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Sep 27, 2012 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pet lovers
Recommended to Greta is Erikasbuddy by: Krena
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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
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
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
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
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.
Jun 05, 2008 Meghan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...
Worst. Book. Ever.

Scared the living crap out of me when I was younger and to this day I can't stand bunnies with red eyes. Damn creepy bunnies.
By far my favorite book as a kid. Rivaled only by Green Eggs and Ham. I credit this book for introducing me to vampires.
Loved, loved, loved, loved this book!!!!!! I want everyone who loves animals to read this book.
A decent funny read. My son and I read it in the evenings and enjoyed the interaction of Harold the dog (AKA as narrator) and Chester the cat with Bunnicula the bunny that the family brought home from a Dracula movie. Of course, the cover and title clued in the reader that this was not your ordinary rabbit. So it was not quite a surprise when juice-less vegetables were discovered in the fridge. Chester goes off the deep end in regard to Bunnicula, with garlic, steaks and other assorted attempts ...more
I came across this book while I was actually looking for another book at my local bookstore. I picked it up because the title Bunnicula made me smile. I read the blurb on the back to my kids and they immediately agreed we need to read this book. Bunnicula was first published in 1979 but I was not familiar with it. This book was a total win in all areas. The book is told from Harold, the family dog's, perspective. Harold is a friendly, well behaved, sensible pet. He's taken aback when his family ...more
Kathryn Cullen
I chose the book Bunnicula for my fantasy book. The book is about a dog named Harold and a cat named Chester. And of course a rabbit named
Bunnicula. The book begins when Harold and Chester owners come home from a movie. They came home with a rabbit. The owners named the rabbit Bunnicula. Chester began to notice that the black spot on Bunnicula looked like a cape. Chester stayed awake to see what bunnicula
did at night. Chester noticed that the rabbit wasn't
in his cage. He heard a noise in the kit
The Monroe family comes home one night from the movies with a new pet- a rabbit named Bunnicula. The cat, Chester, is convinced that Bunnicula is a vampire and enlists the help of Harold the dog (the narrator) to dispense with the monster.

This book is hilarious. My daughter and I read it together in one sitting. You may ask, what exactly is a vampire rabbit? A vampire rabbit sucks the juices and color out of vegetables. Of course that will absolutely not do. So Chester tries to drive a steak in
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery was written by James and Debra Howe about a vampire rabbit that comes to live with a family. When we read and love books as children, I suppose it's only natural for us to want to pass along that love to a new generation, so when I realized that my godson was coming upon the age and reading ability where Bunnicula might suit, I immediately bought it for him. It was only after the purchase that a friend asked, "So wait... he's a vampire rabbit? But he only drai ...more
Karly *The Vampire Ninja*
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
Now that we've graduated to reading chapter books with the kiddo, life is gooooooood. Bunnicula is one of my childhood favs, and I'm happy to report it holds up wonderfully to adult reading (and kept the little dude enthralled as well). Some of the references to ordinary daily life things are now dated and require explanation (what is a radiator, mom? what's an usher, and why does he need a flashlight?), but the story and the comedy still work just fine. Definitely a classic.
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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.” 14 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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