Middle School Monday | Bunnicula by James Howe

Bunnicula (Bunnicula, #1)

Format: Paperback, 128 Pages
Published: August 8th 2006 (first published 1979)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror (for children)
ISBN: 9781416928171
Age Range: 7+ (could be older or younger depending on the child)
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Is he or isn’t he a vampire?

Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits…and fangs!

The first time I read this book I was a little older in grade 8 and we read it as a novel study in class. We had a few chapters to read each day and then we would answer questions about them. I read this book 3 or 4 times while the rest of my class read it chapter at a time. Howe had me clinging to every word!

I need to re-read this book as some of the details are less clear now than they used to be, but it is about a bunny that is found at a Dracula movie. He has a note attached to him that stated he needed a new home. When the bunny is brought to his new home the other animals in the house are a little nervous because this bunny has huge fangs!!

Harold is the narrator, and he is the pet dog. Then we have Chester, who is the smart, well rounded family cat! The two of them got into lots of crazy adventures together and there was no way they were going to let this bunny makes fools of them! They knew he was up to no good and they were going to get to the bottom of it. Strange things started to happen such as finding vegetables laying around the house with fang marks and all of the juices and colours drained from them.

This book is full of humour and was a quick and witty read. I definitely recommend this as a cute Halloween story as long as you know the kids won’t be afraid of it. I know some kids that could handle this story as young as 8, but some as old as 12 that might still be scared of it! Keep an eye on your kids reading it as they may have some questions about some of the vocab, or even some of the references (references classic children’s titles and authors) but otherwise, sit back and enjoy this wonderfully original story that brings me many great memories.


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