The Celery Stalks at Midnight (Bunnicula, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Celery Stalks at Midnight (Bunnicula #3)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  7,197 ratings  ·  135 reviews

Bunnicula is missing! Chester is convinced all the world's vegetables are in danger of being drained of their life juices and turned into zombies. Soon he has Harold and Howie running around sticking toothpicks through hearts of lettuce and any other veggie in sight. Of course, Chester has been known to be wrong before...but you can never be too...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 1983)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Charlotte's Web by E.B. WhiteThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. LewisAnne of Green Gables by L.M. MontgomeryLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott
Favorite books from my childhood
351st out of 3,013 books — 5,715 voters
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. DickPride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-SmithSomething Wicked This Way Comes by Ray BradburyThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsI Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
Best Book Titles
178th out of 2,077 books — 1,904 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
No matter how you slice it, the fact of the matter is that I am a fan of both zombie vegetables AND mystery solving animals. I also quite like old school book covers and vampiric rabbits. Of course, I really took to The Celery Stalks At Midnight by James Howe, third in the Bunnicula series, gobbling it up during the April 2012 Dewey Readathon in an hour or so.
Read the rest of my review here
Andrea Galbusieri
They're too cute! I can't stop reading about Harold, Chester, Howie and Bunnicula.
In the third installment of the Bunnicula series, Bunnicula escapes from his cage and vegetables are turning white again. After realizing his mistake, that you have to drive a stake through a vampire, not a steak, Chester arms himself with toothpicks and sets out to find Bunnicula and stake all vegetable victims turned into minion vampires. Of course Harold joins the crusade, along with Howie, the Monroe's newest addition to the family, who was acquired from Cheateau Bow-Wow. But things turn fro...more
Another of the wonderful Bunnicula series, again read to me by my brother. This time the action again centers around Bunnicula, the veggie juice sucking vampire bunny. This time however it's not the bunny himself that has Chester up in arms, but his vegetable victims. It all starts when Bunnicula gets loose from his cage and then white vegetables appear around the neighborhood.

One great thing about this book was it's hilarious and perfect title. Very clever and funny. Chester remains my favorite...more
Mar 28, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I have the most remarkable coincidences in my reading selections and it never ceases to amaze me when it happens. Like, for example, today, when I am reading this book with our girls and Chester makes reference to Thoreau. "It''s natural, organic, back-to-the-earth. Thoreau would have been proud of you." I just happened to recently pick up Walden again (for the third or fourth time) and am making an earnest attempt at finishing it...finally! So, it's the little things like this that make m...more
Aditya /
I read this book almost 20 years ago, and don't remember much about it except that it was down to earth and funny, and that I always remembered the title as a book I loved -- which matches what some of the younger reviewers are saying :) For those who liked this.. I suggest reading Owl In Love after a few years :) Say.. when you're around 14 or older.
I used this book for my book report. It is a good choice. You should also read Bunnicula. That is also one of James Howe's famous books. I love this book. :) :) :):):):):):P:P:P:P:P:):):):):):):):)::)::):):):):):):):):):):P:):O):):):):):P):):):):):)P:) :) :) :) :) :P :)P L)BL) :) :) :)NB :) :) :) :LPOBN READ THIS BOOK. I LOVE THIS BOOK.
Gena Lott
Howe is a great writer who uses puns profusely and has gotten into the heads of three very distinctive animals.
Some of his plays on words may be lost on the intended audience of 4th grade readers, but they stories are still full of fun and especially good as a read-aloud where an adult can explain some of the word fun.
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 one was a little better than the second in that it kept with it's children's themes and steered clear of the more mature themes t...more
Another entertaining installment to the Bunnicula books, even if Howe has retreated from the length and ambition that was present in Howliday Inn.

Suspicious feline detective/conspiracist Chester, his Watson Harold are now joined by Howie, the dachshund puppy introduced at the end of the last novel whose purpose is to provide Short Round comic relief in the form of puns.

Bunnicula the vampire bunny takes a big part again, having been on the loose outside in the night. Chester is afraid that these...more
Michelle Isenhoff
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of artichokes?

This title and catch phrase just cracked me up. This is the third in the Bunnicula series. It took only four days to read aloud, and my boys enjoyed it, but it isn’t quite the caliber of Howliday Inn, which isn’t quite the caliber of Bunnicula. In this one, Chester begins to wonder what happens to the vegetables the vampire bunny bites? Do they become vampires themselves. Are they plotting to take over all of Centerville? Could the Monroes (i...more
Michele Lee
We bought this book from the library book sale.

Chester and Harold are back, along with new partner in crime Howie. Unfortunately Bunnicula is missing, and Chester takes it upon himself to teach Harold and Howie the dangers of having a vampire bunny on the lose (in the form of veggie ghoul minions wandering around the neighborhood). So now the trio are on a mission to stake all the white vampire victim veggies they can find before they rise, and to find and imprison (or destroy) Bunnicula for go...more
We are doing these out of order, but we found it for 25 cents at a Library sale, will probably re-read it in order after we find the others.....

Honestly this is probably a little old for WALT, but I remembered them so fondly from my childhood I found it hard to wait....He got the main idea, had some questions about vocabvlary (which is good) but wasn't as excited as I was....We will wait a couple of years and then start with the first one, with WALT reading them to me!!

ALl in all not a bad set o...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
This is a fun series. Remembered reading the first two or was it the first book, when I was a kid. Finally got around to finish series I haven't caught up on. Another good sequel. And like the characters.
H.L. Stephens
So much fun and great for kids. Not too scary. After all....who can't handle a lifeless, drained stalk of celery every now and then?
I love Chester. When I read these books, Chester gets my Wallace Shawn voice. Harold just gets my mostly normal voice.
Great for 3rd graders who like animals, mystery, and humor!
One of my favorites when I was a kid.
Jolene Dretzka
Another terrific Bunnicula book!
Don Gubler
Clever but nevertheless redundant.
Joshua Gross
I owned this one as a kid, so I remember reading this one more often than the others. However, it's clear why Howliday Inn was my favorite. This one was kind of all over the place, and really just focused on slapstick and puns. Howie was as unnecessary to the series as Scrappy Doo was to Scooby-Doo, but I was glad Chester expanded on something that had been bothering me since the first book: Who cares if Bunnicula sucks the juices out of vegetables? Where's the harm in that? So I'm glad Chester...more
Mar 30, 2014 Tim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: miles
Weird, corny, not a lot happens. Miles says "good," but I find it strange that so much of this story was around how much did love and should eat chocolate.
Misteri di buku ketiga ini kurang seru ah. Sejauh ini belum ada yang mengalahkan buku pertama. Tapi buku ketiga ini masih lumayan lucu terutama karena ada tambahan piaraan: Howie, si puppy narsis yang suka becanda tapi masih agak lugu. Howie ini menganggap Chester adalah ayahnya dengan memanggilnya Pop. Sedangkan Harold cukup dipanggil sebagai Uncle. Bunnicula tetap cuma berperan sebagai obyek penderita--yang tidak menderita. Bahkan Bunnicula meraih predikat Hewan Piaraan yang Istimewa (diterjem...more
My favourite of the bunnicula series to read aloud. Quick, easy read with lots of excitement.
This is the third book in the Bunnicula series, and it is just as worthy as the first two. The characters are so lovable that readers can't wait to hear more of their adventures, and this book gives readers that opportunity. Like the first two, this book has just the right combination of mystery and humor which makes it hard to put down. Although it is a chapter book, I believe many young readers could tackle this book and appreciate it.
I remember about the same amount as I do for Howliday Inn. The cat and dog think Bunnicula is up to his old tricks (really, the poor rabbit just wants to be left alone with some vegetable juice), and that he's going to invade the town with vampire veggies. Something about a school fair for the kids where they dress up halloweenishly, some confusion about that with the cat, and something else. It gets 3 stars.
Poor bunnicula! He can't have any fun without Harold, Howie, and Chester getting involved. This story is about Chester's belief that Bunnicula is turning vegetables into zombies. So, the three pets go out to drive stakes- toothpicks- through all the white vegetables and to find Bunnicula. The three friends get into trouble and eventually find out that Bunnicula was in the garage overnight! But, was he really??
Another '80s classic. I think this was one that had the opening where the protagonists are finding drained vegetables in gardens and various places and they're sticking cocktail sticks in them. So memorable. I didn't like this one as much as HOWLIDAY INN, but it was certainly up there with BUNNICULA!

NB. The title also taught me what a pun was while I was still a kid - not an easy feat - but genius!
Some of my students like the Bunnicula books, so I tried one out. It was okaaaay...not great. The general hook is cute--a household of family pets suspects the bunny that lives with them of being a vampire. And a vegetable vampire at that. The book is full of physical comedy and puns, but the writing (especially the dialogue) really drags out. But you know, the kids like it.
Vanessa Peavy
found this book in the desk of a third grader. I loved the play on words. How clever! I read a few chapters and automatically thought about using this book to do a study on food. While reading the book students can taste the different foods that are in that chapter. Then students can choose one of the foods mentioned and write a poem about it.

Grade 3-5
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Christina's Ghost
  • I, Houdini
  • Runaway Ralph (Ralph S. Mouse, #2)
  • The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks
  • Anastasia, Ask your Analyst (Anastasia Krupnik, #4)
  • My Teacher is an Alien (My Teacher is an Alien, #1)
  • The Spell of Sorcerer's Skull
  • Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings (Catwings, #3)
  • The Trouble with Tuck
  • The Headless Cupid (Stanley Family, #1)
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

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...more
More about James Howe...
Bunnicula (Bunnicula, #1) Howliday Inn (Bunnicula, #2) The Misfits (The Misfits, #1) Totally Joe (The Misfits, #2) Bunnicula Strikes Again! (Bunnicula, #6)

Share This Book