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: 9781416928140
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/29/2006
  • Series: Bunnicula and Friends Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 118,914
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.40 (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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Chapter One



The Disappearance



It was not a dark and stormy night. Indeed, there was nothing in the elements to foreshadow the events that lay ahead.

Chester, Howie and I were gathered on the front porch for a bit of post-dinner snoozing. I was stretched out on my back, my paws dangling at my sides, thinking of nothing more than the meal I'd just eaten and the chocolate treat I hoped might still lie ahead. After all, it was Friday night, the one night of the week Toby was allowed to stay up to read as late as he wanted. And that meant snacks. Snacks to be shared with his old pal, Harold. That's me.

Chester, curled up on an open comic book nearby, purred contentedly. Only Howie, who was growling as he chewed vigorously on a rawhide bone, seemed unable to relax. But all that highstrung energy was natural, I suppose, considering he was still just a puppy.

"Boy, this is the life, huh, Uncle Harold?" Howie asked between growls.

"Mmph," I replied with as much vigor as I could muster. Which wasn't much. After all, I wasn't a Puppy anymore and had used up most of my energy long ago. I listened to the sound of children playing down the block somewhere.

"There's nothing like hanging out on the porch after a good meal," Howie went on enthusiastically. He lifted his quivering nostrils to the air and sniffed rapidly.

"Ahhh! Smell that night air. Mmm, what's that? Somebody's having a ... a what'd ya call it? What is it when they cook outside, Pop?"

Chester raised an eyelid. "A barbecue," he said with a yawn.

"Oh, yeah. Gee, I have so much to learn. But you and Uncle Harold have taught me a lotalready." He gazed admiringly at Chester. "Thanks, Pop," he said.

Chester raised his other eyelid and shook his head. He turned his gaze from Howie to me.

"Why does the kid insist on calling me 'Pop'?" he asked. "I'm not his father. I'm not even a dog. If anyone around here should be his 'pop,' it should be you, Harold. Dogs of a feather should stick together and all that."

Howie chuckled. "That's a good one, Pop. 'Dogs of a feather. . . ' I'll have to remember that one.

I didn't even attempt to answer Chester's question. After all, Chester, who doesn't hold dogs in particularly high regard, did seem an odd choice of a father figure for a young pup. But Howie, who had recently come to live with us, had formed his attachment right away, and there was no breaking him of it now.

"Too bad the rabbit can't come out here, too," Howie went on with a nod toward the living room. "It's not fair, his having to be cooped up inside that cage all the time."

"I'm afraid that's a rabbit's fate," I said. "At least for a domesticated one. Though I must agree with you, Howie; I feel sorry for Bunnicula, too.

"Save your sympathy," Chester muttered. "Bunnicula is no ordinary rabbit. If he ever got out ... and let's not forget that once upon a time he did, Harold ... he'd only stir up trouble."

"Are you still convinced -- " I started to say, but stopped myself, not wanting to alarm young Howie with Chester's theories of Bunnicula's true identity.

Chester looked mildly surprised. "Of course, I am," he replied. "Can there be any doubt? You saw the evidence yourself, Harold."

Howie looked back and forth from Chester to me. "What are you two talking about?" he asked.

"Oh, nothing. Nothing." I thought of the cuddly little bunny-rabbit who'd become my friend, of the hours we'd spent snuggling in front of crackling fires on cold winter nights, of the time I'd saved him from Chester's attempt to starve him to death.

"That rabbit is a vampire," Chester said matter-of-factly.

Howie's head jerked up. The rawhide bone tumbled down the front steps. "What? A vampire?" He gasped. Then, after a moment's reflection, he asked, "What's a vampire?"

I felt obliged to step in and save Howie from the seamier facts of life.

"A vampire," I explained, "is the person who calls the rules during a baseball game."

"Don't confuse the kid," Chester said, bathing a paw. "And don't be such a Pollyanna." Turning to Howie, he said, "A vampire is a creature, once dead, who sucks the blood out of other living beings in order to live."

Howie's eyes widened in amazement.

"Wh ... wh ... what?" he stammered.

"So far, our friend Bunnicula hasn't attacked people," Chester went on calmly, "or cats or dogs for that matter. But he has drained the juices out of vegetables, turning them ghostly white. He came to live with us when our family. . . "

"One night the Monroes went to the movies," I said, picking up the story, "and found Bunnicula lying in a dirt-filled box on one of the seats."

"Don't forget which movie," Chester interjected.

"Dracula," , I conceded, "but that doesn't mean

"Nonsense. In this case, everything means something. Don't you think it's significant that shortly after Bunnicula's arrival the vegetables in the kitchen started turning white? And wasn't it strange that they did so during the night, the only time Bunnicula wasn't asleep? Wasn'tit stranger still that he could get out of his cage by his own powers? Without even undoing the lock? And what about those marks found in the drained vegetables? Two tiny holes that matched up perfectly with the rabbit's oddly-spaced teeth or should I say, fangs?"

"I know, I know," I said impatiently. "We've been through all this before. But I'm still not convinced -- "

"Nothing will ever convince you, Harold. I wouldn't be surprised if that bunny's got you in his powers. Listen, Howie...

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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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  • Posted January 16, 2013

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    In the third installment of the Bunnicula series, Bunnicula esca

    In the third installment of the Bunnicula series, Bunnicula escapes from his cage and vegetables are turning white again. After realizing his mistake, that you have to drive a stake through a vampire, not a steak, Chester arms himself with toothpicks and sets out to find Bunnicula and stake all vegetable victims turned into minion vampires. Of course Harold joins the crusade, along with Howie, the Monroe's newest addition to the family, who was acquired from Cheateau Bow-Wow. But things turn from bad to worse when the pets find evidence that even the Monroes themselves may have fallen victim to Bunnicula's evil plans.


    As with the previous books, The Celery Stalks at Night is hilarious. The newest addition to the family, Howie, is a master of puns, which makes the story all the more funny. In addition, it provides many more opportunities to discuss vocabulary, homonyms and homophones with my daughter as she doesn't always understand why the puns are funny. I love that these books are so entertaining yet intelligent, proving the two do not have to be mutually exclusive.


    The book was written in 2006 so it was obviously before the current sparkly lovey-dovey vampire phase, but from an adult point of view, and ignoring the fact that they are different time periods, The Celery Stalks at Midnight could be viewed as a total spoof of all the silly vampire stuff that is rampant in our culture right now. Of course, that could be complete over-interpretation on my part. Read between the lines people!


    Anyway, again, Howe's story is a complete success and as well as a great read aloud for the whole family. I think everyone will chuckle from time to time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    Cute

    We bought this book from the library book sale.

    Chester and Harold are back, along with new partner in crime Howie. Unfortunately Bunnicula is missing, and Chester takes it upon himself to teach Harold and Howie the dangers of having a vampire bunny on the lose (in the form of veggie ghoul minions wandering around the neighborhood). So now the trio are on a mission to stake all the white vampire victim veggies they can find before they rise, and to find and imprison (or destroy) Bunnicula for good.

    This book is hilarious and outrageous, made more so by the fact that kids will know right away that there's some huge misunderstanding going on. It can be read if you haven't read the others first, but of course there's more enjoyment when you've followed the series so far. If you children love almost-smart animals as leads this is definitely a good "spooky" mystery series to pick up.

    Recommended for: 6-12
    Contains: Cartoony spookiness

    1 out of 1 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2014

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    I Also Recommend:

    Good

    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 August 6, 2013

    Good

    This is a really interesting book. I just cant stop reading it. Its funny and mysterious. I can picture whats happening in the book also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is so awesome!Harold,Chester,and howie are soooooooooooooo funny! YOU BETTER READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!! I will kill you if you don't !!!!! Just kitten!!! HA HA HA!!!!!!!! Funny joke,huh?

    -Owen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Gdh

    Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Why

    I can't read it yet but i preordered it



    :(

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    It was a good book.

    The book had good pictures and good describing words. It described all of the settings.<BR/><BR/>***This review is submitted by my 10 yr. old son, A.J. Monk.***

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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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