Bunnicula

Bunnicula

A Rabbit-tale of Mystery

Book - 2004 | [25 anniversary ed.]
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In 1979 Atheneum first published Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery to great acclaim. A beloved story that has become a modern classic with millions of copies in print worldwide, Bunnicula has made countless children laugh and carrots quake with terror. With an eye-catching new jacket by C. F. Payne and a new preface from James Howe, this is the perfect opportunity to introduce a brand-new generation of readers to the crazy antics of Bunnicula, Chester, and Harold. It all begins when the Monroes go to see the movie Dracula. At the theater, Toby finds something on his seat -- a baby rabbit, which the family takes home and names Bunnicula. It proves to be an apt name, at least as far as Chester the cat is concerned. Well-read and observant, Chester soon decides that there is something odd about the newcomer. For one thing, he seems to have fangs. And the odd markings on his back look a bit like a cape. Furthermore, Bunnicula sleeps from sunup to sundown and is only awake at night. And then there are the vegetables...the white vegetables. Is Bunnicula really a vampire? Only Bunnicula knows for sure. But the story of Chester's suspicions and their consequences -- as told by his canine pal, Harold -- makes uproarious reading.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2004.
Edition: [25 anniversary ed.]
ISBN: 9780689867750
0689867751
Characteristics: xviii, 92 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Howe, James 1946-
Daniel, Alan 1939-

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Beaverton_Kids Nov 24, 2018

Part of the "Bunnicula" series.

Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.

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Beaverton_Kids Oct 13, 2018

Part of the "Bunnicula" series.


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DPLjosie May 22, 2019

This classic is 40 years old! And it's still a fun read.

IndyPL_CatherineB May 01, 2019

The newest pet in the Monroe family has Chester the cat very worried. Chester must convince Harold the dog that this new pet, this cute little bunny, is really a VAMPIRE! Crazy? Maybe? But what about all of those vegetables suddenly discovered to be all white with their color sucked out, drained away?!

I had pet bunnies. I never thought they could have been vampires. Could they? You will laugh when you read Bunnicula but you might just wonder about it too.

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CASSIE ERIN MAUL
Sep 18, 2018

‘Bunnicula’ takes an old horror premise and wraps it in fur. The book is cleverly written with compelling characters. The unique perspective of Harold X, who is in fact a dog, offers a great view of the chaos that ensues. Chester, Harold’s best friend who is a cat, is a great addition to the story, and it is he that causes the most trouble while trying to stop the vampire bunny, while Bunnicula, the new pet rabbit, causes only minor trouble.

This is an entertaining read that will delight children. I would suggest it to anybody, especially those with pets. Certainly, some of the traits of Harold and Chester are typical in dogs and cats, and the book offers a bite of insight on what might be going through their heads.

aconley74 Apr 05, 2016

4.2 MG / Grace

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

For ages 6-8. Chester the cat decides that there’s something odd about the baby bunny that his human family brings home. For one thing, it seems to have fangs. And the markings on its back look like a cape. Is bunny Dracula, or is he just funny-looking?

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ANABELLE H. PORTER
Oct 19, 2015

Nice book! very funny, not that scary! Perfect read on Halloween night.

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Cheryl65
Sep 17, 2015

• I expected to like this popular book, and tried to read this 25th anniversary edition. I always read a book before reading it to my granddaughter.
But I found Bunnicula to be slow, wordy, and gave up at P47, out of 92)
Books with kids and talking animals can be great fun.
The Martha Speaks books are great.
We both loved "Invisible Inkling," and will read the sequels.

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fourthpower36
Dec 29, 2014

I love it, but the beginning is kinda hard to get through.

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Man123
Jul 25, 2014

good book

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ErinSands
Jul 24, 2014

If you enjoy scary books (And vampires)
this is a perfect book for you.

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Suvorov1
Feb 11, 2013

The Monroe family comes home one night from the movies with a new pet- a rabbit named Bunnicula. The cat, Chester, is convinced that Bunnicula is a vampire and enlists the help of Harold the dog (the narrator) to dispense with the monster.

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Yavril Jul 31, 2012

Today vegetables...Tomorrow the world!" Chester

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