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Return to Howliday Inn (Bunnicula #5)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,547 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Harold, Chester, and Howie return to Chateau Bow-Wow, and it's as creepy as ever. The Monroe pets alongside cat burglars, Felony and Miss Demeanor, with Hamlet, a Great Dane, and Weasel (a weasel, of course) , work together to solve the mysterious disappearance of fellow boarder named Rosebud.
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Published June 10th 2008 by Listening Library, Inc. (first published 1992)
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Revisiting the scene of their greatest success, Return to Howliday Inn does a fair job of invoking that faux-fearful atmosphere, but, again, it's all too rushed.

This is the last of the five Bunnicula books I wanted to reread, and having them all in paperback and next to each other it's obvious that the first Howliday Inn is twice as long as the other books. Bunnicula can be excused as a first attempt, but it was clear to me as a kid and even more so now, that Howliday Inn as the most developed w
Jennifer Wardrip
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Once again, the Monroes are going on vacation, and Harold and Chester find themselves back at Chateau Bow-wow.

Of the three pets (not including Bunnicula, who again gets to stay with friends rather than at the creepy "Howliday Inn"), only Howie the dachshund puppy is excited to be there, since it is, after all, where he was born. Harold and Chester, however, are understandably wary of the place, given that, the last time they were there, they had
Oct 06, 2014 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok I know it's silly that I gave this 5 stars. It's not an award-winning peace of writing. And yet I've loved it since I was a kid and I love it still. Why? I don't know. This book is wonderful. Whenever I feel down, I go and read this book and I feel better. That is MY definition of a five-star worthy book, and this book certainly deserves it.
Skylar Burris
Sep 26, 2009 Skylar Burris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I guess my daughter liked this quite a bit; it’s the first chapter book she’s persuaded me to read her in one sitting. It has suspense for the kids, and a lot of amusing literary jokes for the adults.
Aug 24, 2009 Jillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Humorous animals + Hamlet jokes. How can you go wrong?
Aug 02, 2016 LobsterQuadrille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids and Bunnicula fans
Return to Howliday Inn is really very similar to its predecessor, Howliday Inn. Our protagonists stay at a boarding kennel and meet with some unusual characters and strange mysteries. But even with the similarities, it is not unoriginal. It does tell its own story and is cute and creative. The characters are very likable and the ending is satisfying. For me, this is still one of the better Bunnicula sequels.
Jun 26, 2012 Individualfrog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unlike the other Bunnicula books I've read to my niece, I didn't have this one as a kid and had never read it. Maybe for that reason, I found it much the scariest of the lot, and also the most poignant. (My niece, on the other hand, didn't seem the slightest bit bothered by the grisly image of disinterred bones, and didn't seem particuarly touched by the ending, though she loved it as she always loves "Chester books".) I wish there had been more for Howie to do (he was more entertaining in The C ...more
Jul 10, 2015 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
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Sammy Holthaus
Oct 23, 2014 Sammy Holthaus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't the best book I've read, but it's not half bad and surprisingly a little creepy. It's an easy, quick, read. If you need to get a book done and such little time to, this is the book for you. The Monroe's are a family of 4. They also haves many pets, including 2 dogs, Howie, and Harold, a bunny, Bunnicula, and a cat named Chester. But this story is only based on 3 of the pets, and the narration of Harold. The family has decided they would like to go on a vacation somewhere, but can't bri ...more
Apr 15, 2009 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is also a funny one.In the book the main characters are animals that get taken to an animal shelter because the family that owns them is out for vacation.So while in the shelter they discover new friends and also some misteries about speaking bones...
Jun 23, 2014 Xyra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third Bunnicula book I have read and loved. This one you really shouldn't read without reading Howliday Inn first. There are many references back to the first without a lot of explanation - even I had to search my memory a little to have everything make sense.

Part of me was disappointed by the book description by the book description. Jill and Dr. Greenbriar were supposed to make things better, a lot better, and the description made it sound as if they failed. Things were not worse i
Kathy Davie
Fifth in the Bunnicula children’s series, Return to Howliday Inn sees Chester, Howard, and Howie back to Chateau Bow-wow when the Monroes take a vacation. It’s a paranormal experience for the three pets when bones talk, disembodied voices speak, and mysteries require solving. What is the dread secret that threatens them all? Why hasn’t Hamlet’s Archie returned for him yet? What happened to Rosebud? And what is this breakfast of paste-and-kitty-litter-pudding? It’s gruel and unusual punishment is ...more
Nov 21, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read longer chapter books
We've been working our way slowly through the Bunnicula series by James Howe and our girls just love them. The stories are just scary enough, with endings that show that nothing was what it seemed and there was nothing to be frightened of after all.

This story takes us back to Chateau Bow-Wow for more fun and scares at the kennel. This is another story without Bunnicula, and it makes me wonder just a little bit why the series is called "Bunnicula" when most of the tales don't feature him at all
This book is somewhat different from the other Bunnicula books - while the humor and creepiness are there as usual, there is also a lot of heart in this book. The latter third of the book was surprisingly touching, cementing this books place as one of the best Bunnicula books.

It also breaks the formula in other ways. For starters, Chester is no longer the crazy one coming up with outlandish theories - all of the animals wholeheartedly believe in the paranormal around them. The animals also behav
Jun 09, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a wonderful story! The characters were very unique and the plot was great! The ending was awesome and hilarious. Now I understood why I loved the Bunnicula series as a child. (I read this one because I did not get to when I was a child).
Jennifer Ranger
This is another pun-filled and delicious installment in the Bunnicula series. I really enjoyed the Shakespearean quotes sprinkled throughout. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a light read.
Searska GreyRaven
Eh, this one was alright. Still cute, still sweet, still had the mystery elements to it. But it was missing...something. Maybe it was the reused setting.
I think this was a 3/5 because I thought that there was going to be more mystery;But there was not. Like there was some parts that was not bad.
Nov 27, 2014 Noelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Somehow I missed this entry in the Bunnicula series when I was a kid. Just as charming as the others.
Jun 08, 2014 Foxglow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I had fun reading these to my kids. They are also fun to read to your grandkids.
Andd Becker
The author provides further adventures of the bunny and others.
H.L. Stephens
May 06, 2014 H.L. Stephens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much fun at any age but loved reading them as a kid.
Larry Wegman
Mar 08, 2016 Larry Wegman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The vampire rabbit, Bunnicula is just fun.
Nov 06, 2015 Cristi-Lael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, own
Adorable, as always. It wasn't quite as good as the first time they went to the Howliday Inn, but this one ended with a nice lesson.
david w. rong
Dec 01, 2014 david w. rong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 28, 2011 Greta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junior-fiction
Normally I wouldn't include books like this, however it met the criterion of being over 100 pages so...

It was a "gift" to the kids which we read so we could pass it on. The story was lame. I'm not really into talking animals, I guess. There were some smart-assed bits (for example, two mischievious cats named Felony and Miss Demeanor) which were cheesy but added some punches into a very dull story. I won't even bother going into it. Beckett liked it, though.
Anne Holly
This installment is a bit longer and less funny than the others, but it was very touching. I think I enjoyed this one more than my 7yo did, though, as he seemed to prefer The Celery Stalks at Midnight, which was more of a crazed romp than this. In this one, the "mystery" never really gelled for me, but it has a lot of heart - and even a few tears, maybe.

Note: Dates read are approximate, as I am updating after the fact.
B.M.B. Johnson
Jul 08, 2015 B.M.B. Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great. One of the best in the series. Very touching ending.
Jocelyn Renaud
Aug 05, 2013 Jocelyn Renaud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book where Chester, Harold and Howie return to Chateau DE Bow-Wow. They meet old friends and some new ones as well. Then a secret is revealed, you will to read it to discover the secret. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the Bunnicula Series. This would be a difficult read if you have not read the rest of the series.
Anna Robertson
Once I read Howliday Inn, I was happy to find out there was a sequel. I would say this one wasn't as good as the first one, but it was still cute and had a good mystery to it. This book is best for children who love animals and enjoy a good mystery or what you would call "spooky" for someone younger.
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