It Came from Beneath the Bed! (Tales from the House of Bunnicula Series)

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Determined to be a famous writer like his Uncle Harold ("author" of the Bunnicula series), the clever, brave, sensitive, and perhaps a tad hyperbolic dachshund Howie tries his hand at a tale of terror and triumph. Starring himself as the wise, courageous, intelligent, wire-haired dachshund puppy who saves the world from a rampaging stuffed koala bear that emerges from the disgusting clutter under Pete Monroe's bed, Howie's first book is a hilarious success -- and a case study in writing do's and don'ts. ...
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Overview

Determined to be a famous writer like his Uncle Harold ("author" of the Bunnicula series), the clever, brave, sensitive, and perhaps a tad hyperbolic dachshund Howie tries his hand at a tale of terror and triumph. Starring himself as the wise, courageous, intelligent, wire-haired dachshund puppy who saves the world from a rampaging stuffed koala bear that emerges from the disgusting clutter under Pete Monroe's bed, Howie's first book is a hilarious success -- and a case study in writing do's and don'ts. Alternating between chapters from his developing saga and entries from his own writer's journal, Howie's new venture is full of the trademark humor and mayhem that has made the Bunnicula books beloved by children everywhere.

With help from his Uncle Harold, who wrote books about Bunnicula, Howie the wire-haired dachshund writes a story in which he saves the world from a science experiment gone awry.

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Howie, a wirehaired dachshund, has lofty aspirations to be a writer, but he's learned it's not so easy. Uncle Harold has opinions about what makes good writing, and his friend Daisy isn't pleased with how she's portrayed in his first story. Yet the pooch has gumption, and he's penned an overgrown spine-tingler about his housemate, Pete Monroe, who's created a powerful science fair potion. When it's accidentally spilled on a stuffed koala, the toy grows to gigantic proportions, eating its way through the town's smelliest garbage and almost consuming Daisy. A great lesson in good writing and a true laugh riot, It Came from Beneath the Bed! is one story that's really gone to the dogs!
Children's Literature
From the author of the popular Bunnicula books comes this slight story which forms half of a volume of Tales from the House of Bunnicula. The narrator, Howie the long-haired dachshund puppy, describes himself as a nephew of Harold, the canine narrator of the original Bunnicula stories. Although Bunnicula himself never appears, Howie's imagination conjures up new and sinister characters in the Monroe household. Beneath young Pete Monroe's bed dwell all manner of unwholesome and odiferous items. When Pete mixes up a chemical mess that spills under the bed, dust bunnies and old sneakers alike disappear, gobbled up by a monstrous teddy bear bent on world domination. The absurdity of the denouement only serves to underscore the real subject of the book, Howie's struggles to resolve his plotline. These are revealed in alternating "handwritten" chapters, describing Howie's hilarious and all-too-familiar attempts to fashion a story, with the editorial assistance of several of his featured characters, including Uncle Harold. Brett Helquist's trademark stylized illustrations add just the proper sinister touch to this lightweight but clever story. 2002, Simon & Schuster/Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
— Michele Tremaine
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Yet another canine member of the Monroe menagerie flirts with literary glory in this mock horror tale. Harold, the "sad-eyed, droopy-eared" stories-must-be-told narrator of previous adventures, defers to his "nephew" to script this series, and the books turn out to be unexpected how-to-write-a-story primers. Harold serves as Howie's experienced editor who offers (often hilariously unheeded) advice and sage insight into a writer's lonely, compulsive, roller-coaster life. His timeless "write what you know" pearl transforms into a narcissistic, Woody Allenesque parody of a detective novel in which literary license has obviously been revoked. Howie revises as Harold criticizes and the story about conquering a ravenous stuffed koala bear that has come to life takes off. Notebook-like "Howie's Writing Journal" pages are interspersed throughout the text to apprise readers of his tortuous writing process. These "tales" could easily become the standard textbook for creative-writing classes.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689839481
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/6/2003
  • Series: Tales From the House of Bunnicula Series , #1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 317,992
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.30 (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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Dear possible reader of this book,

I want to be a writer, just like my uncle Harold, who wrote a bunch of books about our friend Bunnicula. So I wrote this story. And boy! Did I ever get into trouble! My friend Delilah stopped speaking to me because I put her in my book. Uncle Harold stopped speaking to me because I didn't put him in my book. A writer's life isn't easy!

But back to my story: It's about how a talented and lovable (not to mention smart) wirehaired dachshund puppy named Howie saves the world from a disgusting, evil menace named...oops, that would give away the story. But trust me, this menace is disgusting and evil, all right!!!

Your friend, Howie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Awsome

    H hi hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2007

    HOWIE MONROE ROCKS!!!!!!!

    'It came from beneath the Bed' is a really good book. They are funny too because it's supposed to be a wired- hair daschaund puppy named Howie Monroe, introduced in Howliday Inn, writing the stories 'Tales from the house of Bunnicula' and they so cool. You don't want to put the books he writes down. I totally reccomend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    dog-some

    I really loved the book it came from beneath the bed. i read it one day. i couldn't wait to read the second book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2003

    The funniest book on the face of the Planet

    It came from beneath the bed is an awsome book, and so funny. I was laughing my heart out. I told my friends about it and they loved it. Even though it only took me 15 minutes too read. It is one of my favortite books now. Howie Monroe Rocks!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2002

    SILLY THRILLS

    Beware! It's another frightfully funny "Tale From The House of Bunnicula," James Howe's silly, dog-narrated chapter book thrillers for grade-school kids that tickle funny bones instead of rattling them. In this installment, little Howie, the wirehaired dachshund puppy, yearns to be a writer like his uncle Harold, who previously narrated the best-selling chapter book "Bunnicula" (about a sweet furball they thought was a vampire bunny).

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    Posted June 29, 2010

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