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Children's LiteratureHarold the dog recounts how the Monroes found a bunny at the movie theatre on a stormy night. They brought it home and soon discovered some strange occurrences, such as the appearance of a white tomato. Chester the cat is convinced that Bunnicula is a vampire and tries to protect himself and the kitchen from him. Sound familiar? It should, for James Howe has retold the original story, which was written with Deborah Howe, in language and format suitable for a Level 3 "Ready to Read" series book. Mack's illustrations present a very expressive Chester and provide clues about the storyline to the reader. The story is much richer in its original book where the language and phrases create much of its humor. The repackaging weakens the story. A child will gain so much more by waiting to read the original Bunnicula. Can't wait? Then have a parent or teacher read the original aloud. 2004, Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster, Ages 6 to 8.