The Vampire Bunny (Bunnicula and Friends Series)

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Harold the dog thinks the Monroes' new pet rabbit is just a cute little bunny. But when the vegetables in the Monroes' kitchen start turning white, Chester the cat is worried. Could Bunnicula be a vampire bunny? Chester will stop at nothing to protect the Monroes and their vegetables from the threat.

Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a ...

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Overview

Harold the dog thinks the Monroes' new pet rabbit is just a cute little bunny. But when the vegetables in the Monroes' kitchen start turning white, Chester the cat is worried. Could Bunnicula be a vampire bunny? Chester will stop at nothing to protect the Monroes and their vegetables from the threat.

Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Harold 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.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Suffering from a cold, Mole retires to his bed and dreams of traveling to distant lands. When he awakens, he finds his friends Owl, Squirrel, and Badger surrounding his bed and taking care of him. But how did he get that shiny new red shovel, if this has all been a dream? With repeated readings, children may realize that the climate of each country mimics Mole's cold symptoms. He is shivery in the land of ice and feverish in the desert. Finally the fever breaks in the tropical and humid forest. Large, colorful illustrations with a luxurious oil-painting quality fill each dramatic page. One small quibble: the cover art shows Mole carrying his red shovel riding atop Bear, but he didn't win it until a subsequent adventure in a desert camel race. A supplemental friendship story.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
For his 25th anniversary, Bunnicula is being ushered into one of the last children's literature formats he has yet to invade: the easy reader. Harold the dog narrates the story of Bunnicula's arrival at the Monroe house. The family discovers the bunny with the cape-shaped markings at a Dracula movie and white vegetables begin to turn up. Chester, the family's excitable cat, wigs out: he's sure the bunny will go after the animals and people once he's done with the veggies. Chester starves poor Bunnicula by barring his path to the kitchen with garlic, but Harold saves the day and Bunnicula. Mack's new, acrylic illustrations are more cartoonish, but Bunnicula and friends have never been more adorable. This is a good abridgement by Heather Henson, and it might lead readers to the rest of the series. It's to be hoped that Bunnicula will get all new adventures instead of more retreads to satisfy the promise of more to come. (Easy reader. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689857492
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 8/9/2005
  • Series: Bunnicula and Friends Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 280,610
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.10 (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.

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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