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Howliday Inn (Bunnicula #2)

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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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Kelli
Feb 20, 2016 Kelli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, audio
Victor Garber does a wonderful job of voicing the many characters in this whodunnit mystery. Howard the dog and Chester the cat are as lovable as in Bunnicula, but the story was long and wordy, so my kids seemed to lose interest toward the end. 2.5 stars
Henry
Feb 28, 2009 Henry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny
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
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Leonardo
"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
Lisa
This one wasn't as fun as Bunnicula was. The story was a bit drawn-out, there were too many new characters to keep track of, and the family and Bunnicula were missing (on vacation) the entire time. But, while I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book, my 10-year-old loved it. A new character joined the family at the end, so we are interested in reading book 3 to see what happens next.
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
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Dolly
Nov 09, 2010 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  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
Kate
Jul 22, 2016 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as Bunnicula - much harder to follow and missing the suuuuppppeerrrnnaattuurrrrrrraaaalll vibe. Chester and Harold are boarded and suspicious things are going on.
Cristi-Lael
Oct 14, 2015 Cristi-Lael rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, own
Just an adorably written children's series. Great for reading aloud to your kids, especially in October. My only regret is that I didn't discover these books until now.
Harry007
Mar 16, 2015 Harry007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This is the sequel to 'Bunnicula', that children’s comedy that has jokes for all ages. Here, there are more good jokes, especially if you like talking dogs and talking cats. It's all light-hearted, with some adult intelligence behind the funny parts that will leave kids scratching their heads. The book has bonus illustrations because the writing has very little imagery. That just means the story is fast-paced. This book is twice as long as 'Bunnicula' which isn't a problem. The Monroe family go ...more
Aurora
Nov 07, 2014 Aurora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I have to say that I was disappointed in this book. Although the story itself was a cool little mystery, I never would have considered this part of the Bunnicula series. Bunnicula barely even makes an appearance! You could maybe consider this a spin-off, or even a 0.5, like a prequel perhaps, but without the main character it just didn’t seem fitting to be part of the series.
So, after that little rant the book was okay. I was thinking
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Alyssa Nedbal
I first read this book as a child, but recently got the Bunnicula box set and am rereading the stories prior to Halloween.

The Pros: the mystery here is great. It's a classic "everyone's a suspect" and it kept me longing to read more so I could figure out whodunnit.

The Cons: my biggest complaint stems from one line in chapter five, "She's Gone!". Harold, a simple and normally good natured dog, calls one of the female dogs at the "inn" a hussy. The quote directly is; ""Hussy," I heard myself utt
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
3 STARS

"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 stay with strangers at the foreboding Chateau Bow-Wow...

No sooner had Harold and Chester settled into their bungalows than Louise, a French poodle involved in a messy love triangle, disappeared. Chester believed the six other guests were capable of anything -- even murder. Would
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Robin
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.
Kat
Feb 18, 2016 Kat rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
(2.5)

I read this to my five-year-old son, and while he thoroughly enjoyed it, this adult reader found the sequel a real step-down in quality from the first Bunnicula novel. Much more wordy (not in a good way; somebody needed to read Stephen King's advice about cutting out adverbs! Not to mention a weird fondness for characters "uttering" their dialogue instead of "saying."), overburdened with characters, and kind of cynical, I kept wondering if this book was a desperate bid on the author's part
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Sarah
Nov 19, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
Harold and Chester are back and staying at the Chateau Bow Wow while their humans go away on vacation. Lucky Bunnicula (who is missing from the adventure) gets to stay at the neighbor's house.

Chateau Bow Wow is a facility that seems to be cursed or haunted as the occupants begin to disappear. Chester and Harold gear up to be investigators/detectives to solve the mystery. Harold suspects a murderer is afoot. Chester suspects werewolves. Soon Chester goes missing, leaving Harold alone to try to st
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Danelle
Aug 18, 2015 Danelle rated it liked it
The 2nd book in the Bunnicula series, the rabbit is absent in this book. The Monroe family is headed to vacation and Harold the dog and Chester the cat are going to be boarded. While they stay at Chateau Bow-Wow , the four-legged guests begin to disappear - the first one being the French poodle.

Chester begins sleuthing and has doubts about all 6 of the other guests - was it murder? Could it be the dachshunds (who are probably part werewolf)? Lyle, the crazy cat? The bulldog who enjoys jogging
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Margretchin (Author)
This book was a hoot. Scary in places. I love all the animals. There's some mysterious things going on at Howladay Inn. Great book.
Molly
Sep 28, 2014 Molly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alex
Mar 23, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Amy
Jun 04, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Trouble
A fantastic book, and possibly the single best book on tape I heard in my entire young life.
Sydney
Aug 02, 2011 Sydney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kimberlee
May 17, 2012 Kimberlee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite childhood books. A must read.
Sarah
Jul 22, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Howliday Inn is a fun sequel to Harold and Chester's adventures since they met Bunnicula. However, Bunnicula isn't actually in this one, other than a brief mention at the beginning. This one revolves around the mysteries that occur at the kennel where our furry friends are staying while the family goes on vacation.

It's an interesting murder mystery, with cool (and weird) new characters, nice plot twists, and a lot of funny moments. It's a great second in the series and kept me interested the who
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Jesse Whitehead
This remains my favorite in the series of stories about Harold, the quiet and friendly dog, and Chester, the cat with the overactive imagination.

In this story they are sent to a boarding house for pets while their owners go on vacation. Chateau Bow-wow is every bit as creepy as the name and the overcast sky indicate. With all the mysterious howling and the unusual animals being boarded there.

Then there’s a murder and a kidnapping and somebody finds an empty bottle of poison and suddenly Chester’
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RebeccaS
May 05, 2015 RebeccaS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
I was looking for a short, lighter book and this was on hand. It was fun to read about what happens at the pet boarding when the humans go on vacation. I must say this was a very dramatic stay, but Harold and Chester seem to be surrounded by it. I had a feeling (view spoiler) Again I loved reading about the stereotypical animals and this time there was a quirky mix of ca ...more
Myles
Feb 27, 2011 Myles rated it it was amazing
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
Xyra
Sep 18, 2013 Xyra rated it liked it
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
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Christina
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
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James Howe has written more than eighty books in the thirty-plus years he's been writing for young readers. It sometimes confuses people that the author of the humorous Bunnicula series also wrote the dark young adult novel, The Watcher, or such beginning reader series as Pi
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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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