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Howie Monroe, that intelligent, brave, not to mention cute-as-a-button wirehaired dachshund puppy, is crushed when he receives a bad review for one of his books. But Howie is undaunted. He'll win the coveted Newbony Award -- or die trying! Enlisting the aid of his good friend Delilah, Howie embarks upon his first collaboration. but working together is a nightmare. Can Delilah ever stop writing about poor orphans on the prairie? Can Howie ever stop his overuse of adjectives? And will either of them stop fighting ...
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Overview

Howie Monroe, that intelligent, brave, not to mention cute-as-a-button wirehaired dachshund puppy, is crushed when he receives a bad review for one of his books. But Howie is undaunted. He'll win the coveted Newbony Award -- or die trying! Enlisting the aid of his good friend Delilah, Howie embarks upon his first collaboration. but working together is a nightmare. Can Delilah ever stop writing about poor orphans on the prairie? Can Howie ever stop his overuse of adjectives? And will either of them stop fighting long enough to finish the book?

Alternating between chapters of the developing saga and entries in Howie's own writing journal, this new tale of Howie is a side-splitting look at the trials and joys of the writing life.

Howie the wirehaired dachshund and his friend Delilah collaborate on a novel, trying to win the coveted Newbony Award.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Who would have thought that screaming mummies could, in fact, be sad and sorry monsters haunted by their past. Such is the case in this new tale by Howie Monroe (dog author) and Delilah Gorbish (Howie's doggy girlfriend). We alternately read Howie's thoughts in his writing journal and the story he and Delilah are writing about time-travel back to ancient Egypt. The authors have a little trouble agreeing about what the plotline, the characters, and the title of the story are going to be. The differences in their writing styles are amusing in themselves. Never for a moment do we forget for whom this story was written. The funny prose, including the sections that are crossed out, sounds as if it came right out of the mouth of an eight-year-old. Relating to and liking Howie Monroe, dog author extraordinaire, comes easily. Parodying the Little House on the Prairie, The Wizard of Oz, the Indiana Jones adventures, and the Harry Potter books, (among others) the author has created a wonderfully funny book. This is the fourth in the "Tales from the House of Bunnicula" books. 2003 Atheneum Books,
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
Kirkus Reviews
In the latest Bunnicula spinoff, canine author Howie sets his sights on winning a coveted "Newboney" Award, enlisting the advice of heartthrob Delilah, who not only offers cogent advice—"It also helps if the characters are poor and somebody dies . . . or if the main character, usually a child and preferably an orphan, goes on a long journey. Alone. Oh, and it should be a book girls like"—but volunteers her services as co-writer. As chronicled in Howie’s handwritten (paw-written?) Writer’s Journal, the collaboration quickly degenerates into a dogfight as the two wrangle over a title ("Walk Two Bones," "Delilah, Beautiful and Short"), and pen alternate chapters heavy on either action or character development, but never both. Eventually, a time-travel-horror-coming-of-age tale featuring a basement time machine, two puppies, and a scholarly frog from a previous episode, emerges. After Delilah develops the characters to a fare-thee-well in the final chapter, the last word goes to M.T. Graves, bestselling author of the Fleshcrawler series, who supplies a fulsome blurb. High-nosed puppies cut unabashedly noble figures in Helquist’s broadly humorous pictures. Younger readers may have to go to librarians or well-read parents to have some of the in-jokes explained, but for all pup writers, not to mention the next Newboney Committee, this is a "must-chew." (Fiction. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756936433
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Tales from the House of Bunnicula Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.50 (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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Howie's Writing Journal


I'm never going to write again!!!!!!!!!!!!

Uncle Harold, who is this really smart dog I live with who's written all these books about our rabbit, Bunnicula, who our cat, Chester (who is also really smart) says is a vampire because...

I forgot what I was trying to say.

Proof! I can't write! I'm never going to write again!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, now I remember.

Uncle Harold (who isn't really my uncle, I just call him that) says that he's gotten lots of bad reviews and that I shouldn't let one bad review get to me. Ha! Easy for him to say. He's been writing for a katrillion years and his books have sold a katrillion copies, even if he has gotten some stinko reviews. But I've written only three books. I've just gotten started. Nobody will want to read my books after what Canine Quarterly -- my former favorite magazine in the whole world!! -- had to say:


Howie Monroe writes with energy and a sense of humor, but he is a literary lightweight. Pack his books to while away the time when you're going for an extended stay at the kennel, but don't be looking for him to win the Newbony Award any time soon.


A literary lightweight!!!!!!!!!!!!

Would a literary lightweight know how to use as many adjectives as I do? Or exclamation points!!!?

Oh, what's the use? If I'm never going to win the Newbony Award, why should I even bother to write?

I wonder what the Newbony Award is.


Howie's Writing Journal

My friend Delilah, who is this beautiful and REALLY SMART dog who lives down the street and happens to be one of my best friends in the whole world and is maybe even my girlfriend, although I've never told her that, not in so many words, anyway, well, Delilah said the Newbony Award is about the biggest award a book can be given. She said her owner, Amber Faye Gorbish, reads Newbony books all the time. I told her Pete, who is Amber's boyfriend and one of the two boys who lives in the house with me (Toby is the other one), reads stuff like the FleshCrawler books by M. T. Graves. Those books are soooooo cool. My favorite is #28: Screaming Mummies of the Pharaoh's Tomb. It's about these twins who find a time-travel machine in their grandfather's attic and...

Anyway, Delilah said that books with titles like Screaming Mummies of the Pharaoh's Tomb never win the Newbony Award. I asked her what does win. She thought about it for a long time.

"Books that are sad," she said finally. "And take place a long time ago."

"Screaming Mummies of the Pharaoh's Tomb takes place a long time ago," I pointed out. "And it's sad. Especially the part where the screaming mummies crumble into about a katrillion pounds of dust."

Delilah gave me a look. If it was a look in a Newbony book, it would have been described as "withering."

"It also helps if the characters are poor and somebody dies," she went on. "Or if the main character, usually a child and preferably an orphan, goes on a long journey. Alone. Oh, and it should be a book girls will like."

A story started taking shape in my mind. (It's amazing how that happens when you're a writer.) I pictured a poor (but cute) dachshund puppy, all alone in the world, without a penny or a parent to call his own, setting off in search of...something...and it's a long time ago, like last week, maybe, and...somebody dies.

I told Delilah.

"You need help," she said. "I've read a lot of Newbony books. Maybe we could write the book together."

I wasn't sure I liked that idea. I've never written with somebody else. Besides, I wanted to win the Newbony myself. But then, I figured, half a Newbony is better than none.

"Okay," I said. "But can it still be about a poor (but cute) puppy? And could he be named Howie Monroe?"

Delilah didn't love that idea, but I reminded her that I am a published author, so I should get some say.

"Okay," she said, "as long as his friend -- a girl puppy named Delilah -- has an important part."

"Deal," I told her.

Newbony Award, here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!


Text copyright © 2003 James Howe
Illustrations copyright © 2003 by Brett Helquist

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