I first read Bunnicula in the second grade. I normally read through our texts too quickly and got bored, so I would bring my own books, put them in my desk, and sneak peeks at them whenever possible. I must have read James Howe’s series 100 times (this review is only of the first book, the full title being… Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale Of Mystery.There are several more books in the series, but number one is still my favorite.
I loved it then and I love it now. How can you not love a book about a cat and a dog who suspect that the rabbit their owners have adopted (after finding him at a movie theater) is a vampire? The reasons for their worries are the white vegetables that begin appearing at the house–vegetables which have been sucked dry. Also the markings on Bunnicula’s fur.
Actually, it is primarily the cat, Chester, who believes the bunny to be a vampire, but he convinces Harold eventually. Much of the book involves Chester wearing Harold down and reluctantly dragging him into schemes to eliminate the rabbit.
Harold is a dog and is also the narrator of the story. He is not nearly as suspicious as Chester, which is a good thing, but it is no surprise, since dogs are way better than cats. I have never like cats, and Chester vindicates my feelings on nearly ever level. He is full of murder and craziness. I have had the misfortune of living with several cats and I know they all would have killed me if I let my guard down. By the end of the book Chester has actually been assigned to a cat psychiatrist.
I do love the scenes of he and Harold reading a copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula to learn how to deal with a vampire, so the craziness and paranoia isn’t all bad.
If you’ve never read the book, I highly recommend Bunnicula to fans of children’s literature, or anyone with kids in elementary school, or anyone who is looking for something to get them in the mood for Halloween.
Rated 10 white stalks of celery