Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe

It wouldn’t be October if I didn’t talk about Bunnicula. This was one of my favorites growing up, and I’ve passed the enjoyment down to my oldest. I’m looking forward to the day when my youngest reads them too.

Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery is an easy chapter book. It’s told from the point of view of Harold, a pet dog. He’s shaggy, lovable, and rather gullible. He lives with his family, the Monroes, and a well-read cat named Chester. One night the Monroes go to a late-night showing of Dracula and bring home a surprise: a rabbit they name Bunnicula. Chester is convinced that Bunnicula is a vampire, sucking the juice from vegetables, and that only he can save the world from the evil machinations of the vampire bunny.

This series, of which Bunnicula is the first, is very special to me. I read it with my sister when we were younger and it was a wonderful way for us to bond. We’re still very close to this day, and we talk about those Bunnicula books from time to time.

This book is hilarious. I have no idea how the authors managed to come up with so many funny situations, but it had me in stitches when I read it, and my son reacted the same way when he read it. He’s reread the entire series several times, and will probably read them again this month.

This book is perfect for reading aloud (maybe a chapter or two a day?), or for readers just gaining confidence in their skills. My oldest and I took turns reading pages aloud the first time he experienced Bunnicula. It is one of my favorite memories. There are illustrations every few pages, but they are few enough that children are required to paint the pictures in their minds. I highly recommend this book, and October is the perfect time for a not-spooky “spooky” read. Enjoy!

10 thoughts on “Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe

    1. Isn’t it a fun series? We had a pet cat when my oldest was young. I wanted to name the cat “Chester”, but my oldest was desperate for “Skippyjon Jones” and I was outvoted. “Chester” would have got better on the cat’s tag. Ha ha!

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  1. I loved Bunnicula as a kid! It was such a thing that when I had an albino guinea pig, we used to give him strawberries on Halloween so the juice would make him look like a vampire. We called him Guin-Pigula haha.

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  2. I seriously considered reading this one for my all vampire themed book bingo card this year, but went with another middle grade book instead. I might still check it out though because…well….it looks cute.

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  3. OMG I absolutely loved Bunnicula! I vaguely recall there being something about the celery stalking at midnight, but I haven’t read this book in ages, even though I still have it somewhere in my house. Thanks for making me smile!

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    1. Yes, The Celery Stalks at Midnight is another book in the Bunnicula series. There are several. In no particular order (I can’t remember what comes when), there’s: Bunnicula, Bunnicula Strikes Again Howliday Inn, The Celery Stalks at Midnight, and Return to Howliday Inn. They’re all so much fun.

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