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Howliday Inn (Bunnicula Series)

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by James Howe, Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)

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Not a great place to visit, and you wouldn't want to live there

The Monroes have gone on vacation, leaving Harold and Chester at Chateau Bow-Wow -- not exactly a four-star hotel. On the animals' very first night there, the silence is pierced by a peculiar wake-up call -- an unearthly howl that makes Chester observe that the place should be called Howliday


Not a great place to visit, and you wouldn't want to live there

The Monroes have gone on vacation, leaving Harold and Chester at Chateau Bow-Wow -- not exactly a four-star hotel. On the animals' very first night there, the silence is pierced by a peculiar wake-up call -- an unearthly howl that makes Chester observe that the place should be called Howliday Inn.

But the mysterious cries in the night (Chester is convinced there are werewolves afoot) are just the beginning of the frightening goings-on. Soon animals start disappearing, and there are whispers of murder. Is checkout time at Chateau Bow-Wow going to come earlier than Harold and Chester anticipated?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The story, with wonderfully witty dialogue and irresistible characters, is a treat for all ages."
-- Publishers Weekly
Children's Literature
Originally published in 1982, this fantasy novel, by the author of Bunnicula, describes the unexpected experiences that Harold (a dog) and Chester (a cat) encounter when their family goes on vacation without them. Against their will, the two animals must spend a week at Chateau Bow-Wow, a less than desirable kennel. During their first night at the kennel, an unearthly howl keeps the animals awake, prompting Chester to call the place Howliday Inn. In addition to the howling, animals begin to disappear, including Chester. Harold desperately tries to solve the mystery, which involves kidnapping and potentially murder. Punctuated with clever dialogue and unusual characters and situations, the book will amuse young readers. A Bunnicula Book. 2001, Aladdin Paperbacks, $16.00 and $4.99. Ages 7 to 12. Reviewer:Rebecca Joseph
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-When their human family goes on vacation leaving Harold and Chester at Chateau Bow Wow, the two animals soon find themselves mixed up in several mysteries. Has Louise the French dog run away or was she murdered? Why is there a terrible howling each night? Are Howard and Heather really only dogs or are they part werewolf? Chester the cat is quick to see the worst in every situation, while Harold the dog is willing to believe all of Chester's suspicions. Their investigations are predictably humorous and bumbling, but they do discover the culprit in the end. Newcomers to the series and fans of the Bunnicula books as well will enjoy this fine word-for-word reading of James Howe's sequel (S&S, 1982). Narrator Victor Garber enters into the spirit of the story giving each character a distinct and appropriate voice. His Harold is full of canine eagerness and innocence, while Chester is suitably pompous and conceited. Both school and public libraries will find this to be a popular addition to their audio collections.-Louise Sherman, formerly Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Bunnicula Series
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5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.60(d)
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Chapter One

The Departure

Looking back on it now, I doubt that there was any way I could have imagined what lay ahead. After all, I'm not as well read as Chester, and except for the time I'd run away from home as a puppy and spent a fitful night under a neighbor's Porsche, I really had had very little experience of my own in the outside world. How could I have begun to imagine then what would befall me that fateful week in August?

If the memories of that week no longer make my blood run cold, they still have enough of a chilling effect to give me pause. Why, you may wonder, do I wish to stir them up now when I could so easily curl up in front of a nice warm radiator and think of happier times instead? The answer, a simple one really, is just this: whatever else may be said of that week, it was an adventure. And adventures, no matter how dark or disturbing to recall, are meant to be shared.

It Began innocently enough on a beautiful summer's day, the kind of day, I remember thinking, when the universe seems in perfect order and nothing can go wrong. A soft breeze ruffled the hairs along my neck. Birds chirped happily in the trees. A butterfly landed on my nose and would have stayed for a while, I think, if I hadn't sneezed him off. The sky was blue, the sun was gold, the grass was green. Such riches cannot be bought for any price, I thought, as I lay stretched out on the front lawn chewing contentedly on one of Mr. Monroe's new running shoes.

Without warning, my blissful mood was shattered, by the sound of Toby's voice coming from within the house.

"Why?" he keptrepeating, a bit unpleasantly.

His mother answered him in that ever-patient way of hers. "You've asked me several times, Toby, and I keep telling you the same thing. I know you're not happy about it, but we can't take them with us."

"But why? Why?" Toby insisted loudly. I noticed several butterflies flutter away from our yard defensively. "We've taken Harold and Chester on vacation with us before," he whined. My ears perked up. I was the topic of discussion.

"Just to the lake house, Toby, never on a car trip," Mrs. Monroe answered. "There won't be room. Besides, you know Harold gets carsick. You wouldn't want him to be miserable, would you?"

"No," Toby agreed sensibly, "I guess you're right."

Darn right she is, I thought.

"But I'm going to miss them, Mom," Toby added.

Mrs. Monroe's voice softened. "I know you are, Toby. We'll all miss them. But we'll be gone only a week, and then we'll see them again. Think of everything you'll have to tell Harold when you get home."

"Yeah, I guess so," Toby said, his voice trailing off in defeat. Poor kid, I thought, he's really broken tip. Well, I couldn't blame him. I was a lot of fun, after all, and it was natural he'd want to take me along. I mean, who would he play fetch-the-stick with? Whose tummy would he rub?

Suddenly, panic seized me. Who was going to feed us? I dropped my Adidas, moved quickly to the front door and began scratching on the screen.

"Hi, Harold," Toby said as he let me in. He looked at me sadly and put his arms around my neck. "I'm sorry, boy. Mom says we can't take you on vacation this time. I'll bet you feel real disappointed, huh?"

Who's going to feed me? I asked with my eyes.

"But don't worry. We'll be back in a week. It won't be so long. Still, you feel bad you're not going, don't you? I know."

Who's going to feed me? I pleaded, with a hint of a whimper.

"Oh, and if you're wondering what's going to happen to you while we're away..."

Yes? I asked, my eyes growing wider.

"...don't worry. Mom and Dad have that all figured out. See, Bunnicula is going to stay next door at Professor Mickelwhite's house..." I glanced over at the windowsill where the rabbit's cage was kept and saw that it had already been removed. I felt myself breaking into a cold sweat. What was going to happen to me? "...and you and Chester are going to be boarded."

Oh, I thought, feeling relieved immediately, that's all right then. Just one little detail troubled me: I didn't have the slightest idea what being boarded meant. I decided to find Chester and ask him about it, since Chester knows, or thinks he knows, something about almost everything.

When I found him, he was sitting in the back yard staring off into space. Chester, being a cat, is very good at staring off into space. He once explained to me that this was his way of meditating or, as he liked to put it, "getting mellow." At the moment I found him, he looked so mellow I thought there was a good chance of his ripening and rotting right there before my eyes if I didn't shake him out of it quickly.

"The Monroes are leaving, and they're going to do something to us with boards," I told him.

"Don't say hello or anything," Chester replied, without moving a muscle.

"Oh, sorry. Hello, Chester. How's it going?"

Chester just nodded his head slowly as if that were supposed to be telling me something. "Now what was that about boards?" he asked at last.

"I'm not sure. They're leaving,and they're going to tie us to boards or something, that's all I know.

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.

Lynn Munsinger was born in Massachusetts. She has illustrated more than ninety books for children -- bringing Wodney Wat, Tacky the Penguin, a porcupine named Fluffy, the Teeny Tiny Ghost, and Ogden Nash's Custard the Dragon to charming life. Her watercolor illustrations have been praised for their "classic quality" (Publishers Weekly) and "mix of wry humor and affection" (Booklist).

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Howliday Inn 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These humor and adventure filled books were my stepmoms favorite books when she was my age and theyre my favorite now i think that these books will be the favorites of many more generations of kids they actuallyinspired me to start writing a series of novels and im in fith grade my point is that these are great books for children and tweens that will live on forever and might help you find your passion they did with me -bookworm
Suvorov More than 1 year ago
The Monroe family is off for a trip. Bunnicula will stay with a neighbor while Harold and Chester are doomed to stay at Chateau Bow-Wow. Guests at the boarding house are beginning to disappear and the caretakers are acting weird. Chester is determined to figure out who is responsible for these disappearances and drags a reluctant, and always hungry, Howard along for the ride. As with Bunnicula, Howliday Inn is a very smart and hilarious book. It is a perfect read aloud book and my daughter and I are having a great time working our way through the series. Chester is an intelligent and curious cat who is also prone to conspiracy theories, which always makes for a fun storyline. Harold is a happy go lucky, eager to please dog who just humors Chester by participating in the antics. Howe does a great job of coming up with new and interesting characters for this second installment of the Bunnicula series. I was a little disappointed that Bunnicula does not have a part in Howliday Inn, but Chester and Harold are interesting enough to make the read enjoyable. My daughter and I laugh out loud while reading this book and it is perfect for silly voices and facial expressions to accentuate the reading. Once again, not only did I have to explain some of the vocabulary, I actually had to look a couple up myself to accurately explain the definitions to my daughter. I consider that a plus since it introduces my daughter to a much wider vocabulary than the "whatever," "d'uh," and "OMG" vocabulary words she hears quite frequently. What a nice change of pace. I highly recommend Howliday Inn.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Harold and Chester are sent to an eerie looking hotel. Their owners are going on vacation. The dog and cat think there's something supernatural going on while their staying there. So they set to solve the mystery. All the while wanting to leave, hoping for their owners return. One of my childhood favorites. The old covers however were creepy in that spooky way. At least that's what I thought when I first saw those, while browsing the shelves. But didn't want to read this series at first. Having done so, these are good reads. For kids anyway.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book. Howliday Inn is the second book in the Bunnicula series. Our favorite vampire bunny is missing in this one, as the Monroes are on vacation and four-legged detectives Harold and Chester are being boarded at Chateau Bow Wow, a facility that seems to be cursed or haunted as the occupants begin to disappear. Not-terribly-bright, but lovable Harold suspects murder. Clever, but overly paranoid Chester suspects werewolves. Then tragedy strikes, leaving Harold alone to try to stop what's going on (but he has to figure that out first). The first book in series had a camp-horror feel, but this one is heavily mystery. The goofiness of Harold blunts any potential darkness in the book, but might be distracting for kids used to savvy, smart leads. With crazy characters, a twist ending and a real bad guy, Howliday Inn is good for budding mystery lovers and pet lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since in 4rth grade when I read 'The Celery Stalks at Midnight' I have loved Bunnicula books. In 5th grade I read Howliday Inn and it has been my favorite book ever since.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chester was fummy and so was hairlod it is a mistory what is in this book read to find out
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You are a horible speller. It was unedited. This portion of my text will be unedited: this book was greatat bacase ai loved it so muxj that sja just qanted the next one so badoey!: i had to push myself to do that. If ou are looking for a real review, here is one. This is a wonderful page-turning murder mystery, filled with excitement and you may fond yourself holding your breath! ~ a NovaRose bookclubber.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read thus book at school and have goten it on the nook this a great book
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This book is awesome
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This is my favorite book! We read it last year in forth grade. I love this book, I would love this on my nook color!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the most instesting book i ever read . First of all , this has exsitment in it i never read this book before im supose to be hering it in libery this year in school but im reading it at home on my nook
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You need toooo review and rate p.s i love your reviews!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im inn 6 th grade and i still like this book
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Good book
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Howliday Inn is about a dog named Harold and a cat named Chester who go to a pet babysitting spot called Chateau Bow-Wow because their owners go on vacation and leave them there. They¿re soon caught up in a mystery of a missing guest, a dog named Lousie, at Chateau Bow-Wow and run into trouble! Then Chester goes missing and Harold wants to find Lousie and his best friend Chester before it¿s too late! Will he solve the mystery¿or will he never see Lousie and Chester ever again? In the story, there is Harold: A dog that is a little lazy. He always gets caught up in mysteries, Chester¿s schemes, and doesn¿t want to solve the mysteries. Chester: A stubborn cat that thinks he knows everything. He reads books and always thinks he solves the mysteries when he has a theory. I¿ve lost my dog before, have you? My parents were looking for her for a long time and I helped find her right away. So I know how Harold feels when someone he knows a lot is lost. I recommend this book to someone else because it is a really funny book, full of suspense, and makes you want to turn the page. I think you learn in this story to not be selfish because it causes more trouble.

By: Jack
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a very good and funny book I will recomend this book to all my friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i was young this was one of my favorite books to read next to the white fox chronicles. anyway, its about talking animals who are sent to an eerie hotel by their owners while their on vacation and so while over there they believe there is something supernatural going on and so set off to solve the mystery and of course wanting to leave all the while waiting for their owners to return of course.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One excellent book.Quite long and suspenseful.Anyone can enjoy it.Be sure to buy the others,too.