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With Halloween right around the corner, I thought what better book to read and review than Bunnicula!
Author: Deborah and James Howe
Age Range: 8-12 years
Grade Level: 3-7
Bunnicula was first published in 1979 and has been a favorite among children for many years. The story is told by Harold, the family dog. He and Chester, the cat, are surprised one evening when their owners bring home a lost bunny. Strange things start happening during the night and Chester becomes suspicious about Bunnicula and sets out on a mission to prove that this new pet is dangerous and needs to go. Will Harold be able to stop him?
Believe it or not, this was my first time reading Bunnicula. Even though I’d heard of it for years, I think the idea of a vampire rabbit seemed way too hoaky. I read this book in an afternoon and have to admit, it was FUNNY. The dog and cat relationship depicts their differences perfectly: Harold just wants to relax and eat cupcakes while Chester sleeps all day and gets a bit neurotic at night (if you are a cat owner, this makes perfect sense). The ways in which Chester attempts to get rid of Bunnicula are hilarious and will have your kids laughing out loud.
The story is great for kids that like a bit of scary, as it balances out the events with humor. I was glad to see that there are several more in the series and will recommend these to my oldest daughter.
As a side note, I personally am not a fan of children’s books using the word “stupid” and this does occur a time or two in Bunnicula, though not enough for me to get too upset about it.
Resources for Teaching
- Chapter 1 Free Sample Novel Study
- Bunnicula Classroom Guide
- Character Chart
- Activities for Your Classroom
- Make bunny ears to wear during reading
- Rice Cereal Monsters
- Create Toilet Paper Roll Bunnies (easy to color these and add fangs like Bunnicula)
- Read about how to care for a pet rabbit
- Rabbit Unit Study and Lapbook
- Make a Pom Pom Bunny