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Howliday Inn (Bunnicula #2)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  7,919 ratings  ·  202 reviews
Harold and Chester could hardly believe it. The Monroe family was going on vacation without them. Bunnicula, the family rabbit, would be boarded with a neighbor. But they, the family's loyal dog and cat, were to be sent away with strangers; they were to spend a week at Chateau Bow-Wow. Chateau Bow-Wow, observed Chester, soon after they arrived, could more properly be calle...more
Paperback, 195 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Avon Camelot (first published 1982)
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Michele Lee
I purchased this book.

Howliday Inn is the second book in the Bunnicula series. Our favorite vampire bunny is missing in this one, as the Monroes are on vacation and four-legged detectives Harold and Chester are being boarded at Chateau Bow Wow, a facility that seems to be cursed or haunted as the occupants begin to disappear.

Not-terribly-bright, but lovable Harold suspects murder. Clever, but overly paranoid Chester suspects werewolves. Then tragedy strikes, leaving Harold alone to try to stop...more
Nov 09, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Our girls loved Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery, and so we decided to read more of the books in this series. This story was a little more intense, and at one particularly dramatic point in the story, my husband asked what I reading to our girls and why was it so filled with talk of kidnapping and murder. But overall, it was a fun, and pretty harmless book to read aloud and we read over 100 pages in one sitting - the story was that engaging and drew us in so well! We will definitely read more...more
This series is such a pleasure to read. There is a something about a paranoid cat and a lovable dog telling us about their adventures with vampire bunnies and other mysteries. In this tale, our protagonists are sent to a care taking hostel for pets while the family goes away. They quickly find something is amiss and thus starts another great adventure.

I must say that I enjoyed the first one much better. Still, the characters are the same as they were, with all the little things that make me lov...more
I recall adoring this series as a child. One of my elementary school teachers read a few of them out loud to our class. Some reviewers said that kids had trouble keeping track of the characters, but I don't think anyone I knew had any trouble. I would recommend these books to parents as good audio books for car rides. Entertaining enough for everyone.
Howliday Inn was a cute sequel to Bunnicula. Where as Bunnicula tends towards a campy version of "classic" horror, Howliday Inn leans more towards a camp version of a Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie book.

I think my complaint about this book is that the characters outside of Chester and Howard just aren't as likeable. The reader sees them as suspects with motives and not much more than that. Still, this could be a good introduction to the mystery genre to younger readers who might find stories...more
I wanted to revisit this childhood book called "Bunnicula" that I read as a teen during my fascination with Dracula. It was a cute book and after re-reading it, I still felt the same. Then I realized that the co-author, having lost his wife (and writing partner) had written five more books in a "Bunnicula series." So I started reading them. I wasn't as impressed. This on in particular was awkward to read because of all the very adult themes mixed in with what is supposed to be a child's book. Mu...more
A fantastic book, and possibly the single best book on tape I heard in my entire young life.
i like this book alot because it is kind of like a haunted house book.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Harold and Chester are sent to an eerie looking hotel. Their owners are going on vacation. The dog and cat think there's something supernatural going on while their staying there. So they set to solve the mystery. All the while wanting to leave, hoping for their owners return. One of my childhood favorites. The old covers however were creepy in that spooky way. At least that's what I thought when I first saw those, while browsing the shelves. But didn't want to read this series at first. Having...more
One of my favorite childhood books. A must read.
"Bonícula" es uno de las mejores variantes de la literatura vampírica y uno de los mejores libros infantiles de las últimas décadas, así que "La posada del aullido" tenía un reto mayúsculo como secuela. La nueva aventura de la pareja dispareja formada por el inteligente, aunque algo disparatado, gato Chester y su asistente, el leal, aunque algo ingenueo, perro Howard los lleva a un hotel para mascotas donde sus humanos los dejan mientras se van de vacaciones. El misterio que lentamente se va des...more
A harrowing tale of mystery and strange occurances in the night, Howliday Inn is an incredible leap forward, in form and subtance, for Harold X, here writing underneath the pseudonym of James Howe. He fully assumes his role as Watson recording the feats of ratiocination performed by Chester. In the words of the author at the start: "If the memories of that week no longer make my blood run cold, they still have enough of a chilling effect to give me pause." Bunnicula's weakness was that the actio...more
A long time ago I read Bunnicula and thought it was a stand alone book. The first story is, but the series continues with the characters in new situations. This installment focuses on Chester and Harold and their experience being boarded while the family goes on vacation.

Mr. Howe gives a 10 new characters for this story. They don't gain much depth, but are not completely flat either. Taxi ends up getting the most development by sharing his back story near the end.

Neither Chester nor Harold are t...more
The Monroe family is off for a trip. Bunnicula will stay with a neighbor while Harold and Chester are doomed to stay at Chateau Bow-Wow. Guests at the boarding house are beginning to disappear and the caretakers are acting weird. Chester is determined to figure out who is responsible for these disappearances and drags a reluctant, and always hungry, Howard along for the ride.

As with Bunnicula, Howliday Inn is a very smart and hilarious book. It is a perfect read aloud book and my daughter and I...more
Kind of a sequel to "Bunnicula" finds Harold the dog and Chester the cat being sent to Chateau Bow-Wow for a week of boarding while the Monroe family goes on vacation. The first night there, Chester hears an odd howling in the night and assumes werewolves must be nearby and renames the Chateau the Howliday Inn.

Before long, animals are disappearing from their cages and Chester is on the case.

This sequel to "Bunnicula" is a bit more complex than the first story...and maybe it's a bit too complex....more
Michelle Isenhoff
This week I figured I’d build on last Monday’s post about Bunnicula and review Howliday Inn, the next book in James Howe’s hilarious series. Unfortunately, his wife Deborah did not live to co-author this one. But the book maintains Bunnicula’s quirky style.

I actually received this book in fourth grade as a new release, and it quickly became one of my favorites. It’s a child’s murder mystery, but don’t worry, it’s entirely appropriate for kids. Within, Chester the cat and Harold the dog are shipp...more
Noah Patterson
Ah, the Bunnicula series by James Howe. James Howe and his work were another strong influence on me in my young childhood years. I remember a time when I had only heard of Bunnicula the vampire rabbit. I hadn't gotten my hands on a copy of the book yet. The characters from Bunnicula, however, carried on into many different new adventures and stories, all of them thrilling, suspenseful, or horrifying in some way. Howliday Inn is one of the stories in that series and it was the first one in the se...more
Nov 06, 2013 Jason rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids
Recommended to Jason by: Was sequel to <u>Bunnicula</u>
11/6/13 UPDATE

My rating stays the same, and my original memories were correct. There's a mystery, and I liked it. Turns out the mystery was about disappearing animals.

I reread this one after rereading Bunnicula because it was still October, and I still needed some light reading at bedtime that fell into a spooky genre. This was nowhere near as enjoyable as the first book, but I will admit that the bar is set pretty high. I think this is still a great read for kids, but for adults reliving childh...more
Dharia Scarab

My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one.

Myself, I go ou...more
Howliday Inn
review-Howliday Inn is about a family that’s gonna go on vacation but can’t take their pets with them.So they drop them off at an old pet cennel and that is where the book begins.

Opinion-This book is good of a mystery/comedy book but for me i just don’t care about the cat.I don’t know why i hate the cat but i just do.This is a good book for kids 5 and up.

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Another mystery for Chester and Harold to solve. Werewolves this time? Sure! I read these as a kid and now my 8 year old is reading them. It's fun to see such great books hold the interest of the next generation.
We loved reading about Harold's and Chester's adventures at Chateau Bow-Wow and meeting new characters, but we missed the comfort of their home and their interaction with Toby, Pete and Mr and Mrs Monroe.
Samantha Boyette
I actually enjoyed this book more than Bunnicula on my first adult read through. Overall though, done with the series, probably not going to have my kid read them
We've all enjoyed the Bunnicula books enormously. They make great read-alouds because of the humor/horror mash-up, and because all the animals have distinctive voices. I try to make Chester sound like Wallace Shawn.
I read all the books by James Howe as a kid. I then passed them on to my own. He enjoyed them just as much. Really fun books for kids who love mystery with animals.
H.L. Stephens
I had so much fun reading these books when I was a kid. I remember looking for them when the book fairs happened to see if the next one in the series was released.
Mark Kloha
I read this book as Abby is participating in the Battle of the Books. I'm the coach for the 4th graders and this book was on their reading list.
My son and I didn't enjoy this one as much as we did Bunnicula A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery, the first in the series. Bunnicula only made a very brief appearance at the very beginning of the book. And being that he is my son's favorite character, he was pretty disappointed by that. My favorite character, Chester the cat, was still his funny, sarcastic self, which was great.

We're looking forward to the next in the series and hoping that Bunnicula will have a bigger role in it!
The girls and I tore through this in a week or two of bedtime reading. I'd enjoyed this series as a child myself.
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“Harold (about max): he looks kinda like a football couch
Chester (sarcastically): Yay team rah rah. if he says anything athletic i'll scream
max: want to jog?
(chester screams).

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