Rabbit-Cadabra! (Bunnicula and Friends Series)


The Amazing Karlovsky is coming to town, and Chester the cat is nervous. Everyone knows that magicians pull rabbits out of hats — suppose they're vampire rabbits, like Bunnicula? Soon there could be hundreds of vampire bunnies on the loose! Chester springs into action and, with Harold and Howie in tow, is off to save the vegetables of the world — and to turn the Amazing Karlovsky's performance into something no one will ever forget.

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The Amazing Karlovsky is coming to town, and Chester the cat is nervous. Everyone knows that magicians pull rabbits out of hats — suppose they're vampire rabbits, like Bunnicula? Soon there could be hundreds of vampire bunnies on the loose! Chester springs into action and, with Harold and Howie in tow, is off to save the vegetables of the world — and to turn the Amazing Karlovsky's performance into something no one will ever forget.

When the animals in the Monroe household see a picture of Bunnicula the rabbit on a poster for a magician, they jump to an alarming conclusion about vampire rabbits.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The latest Bunnicula picture book sustains that series' well-known comedy-of-errors combination of slapstick and intrigue. Once again the other animals in the Monroe household suspect impending danger from the pet rabbit, Bunnicula, whom they are convinced is a vampire. This time, thanks to Chester the cat (who maintains his impervious air of omniscience by making up what he doesn't know), Harold the dog (our narrator) and Howie the dachshund puppy believe that Bunnicula is in league with a visiting magician. When they learn that The Amazing Karlovsky plans to pull Bunnicula out of a hat during a show at the local school, they are sure that a horde of vampire bunnies will be loosed upon the audience. Can unspeakable horror be averted? Howe garnishes his story with winsome puns and indulgent irony before he unveils the requisite logical explanation. Daniel, who illustrated two Bunnicula middle readers, contributes watercolor, gouache and colored-pencil art; his composition, lighting and perspectives are theatrically exaggerated, especially in comparison with Leslie Morrill's rather staid pictures for Howe's 1991 Creepy-Crawly Birthday . The piece de resistance: a pull-out magic trick, clearly explained and easily executed. Ages 5-up. (Apr.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Garnished with winsome puns and indulgent irony [this Bunnicula caper] sustains the series' well-known comedy-of-errors combination of slapstick and intrigue," said PW. Ages 5-up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature
Harold, the Monroe’s fluffy pup, narrates this tale about a mysterious magician who comes to town with what looks like vampire rabbits, possible hundreds of them. With Harold, Chester the cat and Howie the puppy all conspire to get to the bottom of this mystery. The story begins when Toby excitedly comes home from school announcing the Amazing Karlovsky is coming to town. Since none of them know who or what that is, they decide to investigate. The only one who is not concerned is the pet rabbit, Bunnicula, who sleeps all day and wakes up after dark. He is considered the real magician because he escapes from his cage and “turns vegetables white.” To add to the intrigue, posters that appear around town seem to show the Amazing Karlovsky holding Bunnicula, fangs and all. How can this be? Could it be a cousin from Transylvania? What else comes from Transylvania? Vampires, according to Chester. In his mind, Bunnicula is a vampire bunny. The Amazing Karlovsky must be stopped! Follow along as the menagerie attempts to curtail the magic show, already in progress, ultimately getting to the bottom of things. Mack’s illustrations enhance the text, giving expression to each character and situation. Readers familiar with Bunnicula will likely not be disappointed; those coming to the bunny books for the first time will likely wish to read the previous titles, as well as any subsequent ones. From the “Bunnicula and Friends” series for the emergent, proficient reader. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young
Children's Literature - Nancy Partridge
Bunnicula fans will recognize James Howe's cast of characters in this picture book. The great Karlovsky, magician extraordinaire, is coming to town, and Toby Monroe is extremely excited about it. The Monroe family pets--Chester the cat, Howie the dachshund, and Harold, a big shaggy dog, are worried. They are concerned that Bunnicala, the family's rabbit, is in on some plot with Karlovsky, to unleash loads of vampire rabbits on the town. Sound crazy? It is a rather zany plot, one with lots of twists and turns a bit beyond the ability of the usual picture book crowd to follow. There's some wry humor in the family dynamics that is brought out nicely in realistic watercolor/gouache illustrations of Toby, his brother Pete, and their very expressive pets. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- The Monroe animals are back again in another zany adventure. Chester the cat and his dog friends, Howie and Harold, track Bunnicula to the amazing Karlovsky's magician's hat. Chester is convinced that Bunnicula is only one of many vampire rabbits to be pulled from the top hat, and the inventive trio tries to ward off their power with garlic-seasoned pizza. The fast-paced story is fun to read alone or with a group. The colorful single- and double-page watercolor spreads highlight the action and set the mood. The props and instructions for a magic trick are also included. A perfect introduction to Bunnicula and friends, the book is great for older children to read aloud to younger siblings. --Cassie Whetstone, Ridgeley Primary/Middle School, WV
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-The upcoming appearance of the Amazing Karlovsky at Toby's school could be trouble. Chester the skeptical cat is sure that the magician is from Transylvania, and he suspects that everyone is in for an avalanche of vampire bunnies pulled out of hats. So Chester; the gullible puppy, Howie; and Harold the dog form a plan involving garlic pizza and the ever-enigmatic Bunnicula. This easy chapter book covers the basic "facts" older readers may know about this rabbit in a format that is suitable for proficient second and third graders. Mack's cheerful acrylics reflect the action but don't get in the way. An additional purchase where a fan base exists.-Susan Hepler, formerly at Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689857522
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 8/7/2007
  • Series: Bunnicula and Friends Series , #4
  • Edition description: Level 3
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 590,739
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

James Howe is the author of more than seventy books for young readers, including the popular and award-winning series about Bunnicula and his friends. Among his other books are the Pinky and Rex series, the Sebastian Barth mysteries, and The Misfits and Totally Joe, which inspired the nation-wide initiative for No Name-Calling Week. He lives in New York.

Jeff Mack has illustrated six books in the Bunnicula and Friends series.

He is also the illustrator of several popular picture books, such as Rub-a-Dub Sub, We're Rabbits!, and Starry Safari. Jeff lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Visit him on the Web at www.JeffMack.com.

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