The Celery Stalks at Midnight (Bunnicula Series)

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Hare today, Gone Tomorrow

Bunnicula is missing! Chester is convinced all the world's vegetables are in danger of being drained of their life juices and turned into zombies. Soon he has Harold and Howie running around sticking toothpicks through hearts of lettuce and any other veggie in sight. Of course, Chester has been known to be wrong before...but you can never be too careful when there's a vampire bunny at large!

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Overview

Hare today, Gone Tomorrow

Bunnicula is missing! Chester is convinced all the world's vegetables are in danger of being drained of their life juices and turned into zombies. Soon he has Harold and Howie running around sticking toothpicks through hearts of lettuce and any other veggie in sight. Of course, Chester has been known to be wrong before...but you can never be too careful when there's a vampire bunny at large!

Chester the cat is more than ever convinced that Bunnicula is a vampire when there is a harvest of white vegetables on the morning after the night that Bunnicula was probably wandering through the neighborhood.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689309878
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1983
  • Series: Bunnicula and Friends Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,416,366
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers, including the modern classic Bunnicula and its highly popular sequels. In 2001, Howe published The Misfits, the story of four outcast seventh-graders who try to end name-calling in their school. The Misfits is now widely read and studied in middle schools throughout the country, and was the inspiration for the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week (NoNameCallingWeek.org), an event observed by thousands of middle and elementary schools annually. There are three companion novels to The Misfits: Totally Joe (2005), Addie on the Inside (2011), and Also Known as Elvis (2014). Howe’s many other books for children from preschool through teens frequently deal with the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself. Visit him online at JamesHowe.com.
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Pop's got this . . . um, what'd you call it again, Pop?"

"Theory," Chester said.

"Oh, yeah. He's got this theory, see, that — "

"Howie, dear boy," Chester interjected, "why don't you let me tell it, hmm?"

"Oh, sure, Pop, whatever you say," replied the dachshund agreeably. He returned to chewing the corner of the rug.

Chester went on. "I have this theory, Harold, that these vegetables, once attacked, are not as harmless as one might think."

"I never thought of vegetables as harmless," I said. "Especially spinach."

"What do we know from the literature of vampirism?" he continued. Seeing that I knew nothing from the literature of vampirism, he persevered. "We know that once attacked, the vampire's victims become their master's slaves. In fact, they are transformed into zombie-vampires, the living dead, doomed to go out into the night seeking fresh bodies to satisfy their bloody cravings."

"Chester," I said softly, "is this necessary right after breakfast?"

"It can't wait," he snapped. "We have to act fast."

"To do what?" I asked. "Surely you're not saying that these vegetables . . . "

"Do they just lie there, useless, finished, dried up?" Chester interrupted. "Or does Bunnicula, like the vampires of old, have a further purpose for them? Are they his minions acting on his orders to turn the world into creatures like himself? When night falls, are they out there waiting to lure innocent victims into taking a bite? Just one bite and...BAM! You're a goner! Think of it, Harold, if Bunnicula got out last night, this entire neighborhood could be filled with killer parsnips, blood-thirsty string beans, homicidal heads of lettuce — "

"Don't forget the minions," I said.

"What?"

"The minions who are acting on his orders. Are minions like onions, Chester?"

"A minion isn't a vegetable, you dolt. A minion is a follower, a servant."

"Oh."

I reflected for a moment on Chester's new theory. That's when I noticed Howie's whimpering. The poor fellow was cowering under the coffee table.

"What's the matter, Howie?" I asked.

"I'm afraid," he answered. "What if those killer parsnips sneak up on me while I'm sleeping and sink their fangs into my neck?"

I turned to Chester. "You see where your stories are getting us? Poor Howie's scared out of his wits."

"And rightly so, if my thinking is correct."

"But it isn't correct, Chester," I replied. "It's nonsense."

"We shall see, we shall see," Chester said, pulling at the hair between his toes. "But if the people in this town start acting strangely, it could be because Bunnicula and his vegetables have succeeded in.... Sshh! Say no more."

Chester bathed himself with sudden vigor as the entire Monroe family, laden with bundles, entered the living room. It looked as if they were headed for an outing of some kind. Well, why not? I thought. It's a beautiful day for a little romp in the great out-of-doors; I was all set to join them when Chester nudged me.

"Come on," he said, "we've got some checking up to do."

"But..."

"Goodbye, Chester. Goodbye, Harold," Mrs. Monroe said from where she stood by the front door. "Try to keep Howie and each other out of trouble while we're gone. If you want to go out, you can use the pet door. There's water in your dish and — "

"Dear," Mr. Monroe said, touching his wife gently on the arm, "the boys will be fine. Besides, we won't be gone long. We'll be back this afternoon."

"Yeah," Pete said. "Anyway, how do they know what you're saying? They're just dumb animals. "

Dumb animals! I thought. Hmmph! Pete had never been above talking to us before. I wondered if he was going through a stage. These days, it seemed as if Pete went through stages faster than socks.

Toby kicked his brother in the shins. "They are not dumb animals," he cried. I made a mental note to give Toby's face the reward of a thorough licking later. "They're smarter than you are."

"Don't make me laugh." Pete snorted.

"They are too."

"Are not."

"Are too."

"Are not."

"Boys!" Mrs. Monroe cried. "Please. Let's go."

Still bickering, Pete and Toby were led out the front door by their parents.

"Goodbye, fellas," Mr. Monroe called out over his shoulder as the front door clicked shut.

"Do you think we're smarter than Pete?" I asked Chester.

"I think we are, Uncle Harold," said Howie. "Why, just last week, Toby threw a stick in the backyard and Pete didn't even know enough to chase it and bring it back in his teeth. Even I know that."

Chester gazed at Howie through half-closed lids. "Well, there's your answer, Harold," he said. "Now, come on, we've got to move."

"Where are we going?" I asked as I followed Chester through the kitchen door.

"Outside," he answered. "We've got to find that rabbit and see what damage he's already done."

One after the other, we pushed through the pet door and onto the back porch.

"Ah!" I said, inhaling deeply. "What a day! Howie, I'll race you to that tree in the corner of the yard. Whoever falls asleep fastest wins."

"But how will we know?" Howie asked.

Chester cleared his throat. "Before you two tumble off into dreamland, remember what we came out here for. Wait a minute, what's that?"

Chester bounded down the stairs and headed in the direction of the garden. Howie and I followed closely behind. We stopped about ten feet from the garden's edge.

"There!" Chester exclaimed. "Do you see what I see?"

Squinting, I made out a round white object lying several feet away.

"What's so unusual about a rock?" I asked.

Chester's body hugged the ground as he slunk through the grass. Howie, whose body hugs the ground even when he doesn't slink, waddled behind. Chester came upon the object and batted at it tentatively.

As I drew closer, he pulled himself up to his full height and proclaimed dramatically, "A beet. A...drained...white...beet!

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

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    The Celery Stalks at midnight

    The book The Celery Stalks at Midnight by James Howe is a great book. This book is about two dogs Harold and Howie a cat Chester and a bunny Bunnicula. The bunny is missing and Chester the cat is convinced that the bunny Bunnicula is going to put all the vegetables in the world in danger of being drained out of their life juices and turn them into zombies. Then they have to figure out a way to stop him. Of course Chester has been known to be wrong before. If you want to know what happens next just read the book. You are going to love it. I recommend this to kids who love mystery books and funny books. You are going love it so much you are going to want to keep reading. These books are long but you're going to feel them like a 10 page book. These books are great. Don't miss the next serious you're going to like it. By Jenifer

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2005

    This is one book i recommend

    I am not a book lover but when I saw this book I new I had to read it.When I read the book I wanted to read it again.This is a book that I will pass down to my children and grand children for years to come. I just hope that this author makes another masterpiece like this soon.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    The Celery Stalks At Midnight

    Centerville is a small town where nothing ever happens until vegetables start loosing their color. Chester the cat is certain that Bunnicula the bunny is behind the madness. Chester asks the two pet dogs, Harold and Howe, to help him stop Bunnicula. He is scared that Bunnicula and the white vegetables will rule the city together. Chester, Harold, and Howe begin to plot against Bunnicula and try to find a way to stop the vampire bunny before it is too late. From the very beginning I was attracted to this charming tale of three pets who felt it was their job to save their owners and twon. The story was so funy and interesting that I did not want to put it down. The Celery Stalks at Midnight was a great story that had action and mystery mixed with loyalty and friendship.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    This book is outstanding!

    This book is an excellent book for people who have read the other books about Bunnicula. This book is a great buy and excellent for people for all ages! If you haven't read the other Bunnicula books, you should consider reading them because they are sooooooo good, you can't put the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2000

    It was great and funny I love Bunnicula books.

    It is worth reading and is a funny book. I loved it so I'll bet you'll love it to. You got to read it and Max is back remember him from Howliday Inn.

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  • Posted April 16, 2014

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    This is a fun series. Remembered reading the first two or was it the first book, when I was a kid. Finally got around to finish series I haven't caught up on. Another good sequel. And like the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2006

    The Celery Stalks at Midnight

    Centerville is a small town where nothing ever happens until vegetables start loosing their color. Chester the cat is certain that Bunnicula the bunny is behind the madness. Cheser asks the two pet dogs, Harold and Howe, to help him stop Bunnicula. He is scared that Bunnicula and the white vegetables will rule the city together. Chester, Harold, and Howe begin to plot against Bunnicula and try to find a way to stop the vampire bunny before it is too late. From the very beginning I was attracted to this charming tale of three pets who felt it was their job to save their owners and town. The story was so funny and interesting that I did not want to put it down. This was a great story that had action and mystery mixed with loyalty and friendship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    The book is great

    The third book in the Bunnicula series, Chester, Harold, and Howie are trying to kill all the white vegetables before they become vampires themselves.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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