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Bunnicula by Deborah Howe
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May 31, 09

bookshelves: books-read-to-my-children, books-in-a-series, dogs
Recommended for: Third Graders - Fifth Graders
Read in May, 2009, read count: 2

** spoiler alert ** I remember reading this book as a child and loving it. Recently, I was cleaning out things from when I taught fifth grade and my daughter saw the book and wanted to read it because she loves animals. Always eager to introduce her to my favorite books and encourage her love of reading, we sat down and began reading right away. I must admit that from an adult viewpoint the book wasn't that great - kind of "hokey" and bland. Some of the comments though about the literature the cat was reading made me chuckle such as "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" "A Tale of Two Cities," and "Finding Yourself By Screaming a Lot". The comment about the cat being in therapy at the end had me in stitches although my daughter had no clue why this was so funny. It is also marked with a third grade reading level but I think that this could be argued because there are a lot of big vocabulary words in it - tranquil, mongrel, mosey, plaintively, proceeded, significant, etc. I would guess it received a lower reading level because there is a lot of dialogue with shorter words sprinkled in between the "big words." Finally, while reading I had to check the publishing date because I knew that this book had to have been originally written in the 70's so I found the talk about composting, organic vegetables, and going to therapy to be more "modern." Kind of makes me wonder what I would have thought about these things if I had read the book as an adult 30 years ago - I know that for me as a kid these are things that I never would have heard of during that time.

Emily (6 1/2 years old): It was about a bunny. It drank vegetable juice! I liked it because it had Harold in it. He is a dog. Read it because it is good.
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Ryan Hansen I think older books often have better word choice. I just finished reading this to my sixth grade class as a fun Halloween read. It is a fabulous book to read aloud to kids. They loved it.


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