Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery

Book review by S. K. List, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Farcical, highly readable vampire rabbit tale.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 6 reviews

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Bunnicula: A Rabbit - Tale of Mystery Parent Guide

This book is the first book in the "Bunnicula" book series. It is about a family finding a bunny and then, a cat assuming that the bunny is a vampire bunny using a few books and investigation results as evidence. Bunnicula is a bunny with red eyes, white and sharp fangs, and a black spot on his fur shaped like a cape. This book was created by James Howe and his late wife, Deborah Howe in 1977 before Deborah Howe's death from a type of cancer in 1978. The book was first published in 1979. There is a cartoon animated TV series based on the Bunnicula book series with the same title. Unlike other vampires, Bunnicula drinks juice from fruits and vegetables instead of blood. Funny dark comedy. This book is fictional. That's why the dog in the book loves CHOCOLATE cupcakes and survives after eating them. It is a known fact that in real life, dogs are not supposed to eat chocolate because it has an ingredient (caffeine) that could stop their hearts and they could die. Chocolate is poisonous to DOGS. Summary: "Though scoffed by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.", according to the book in the summary section on the page after the second title page. Violence: Not much. When Chester the cat, asked Harold the dog, to read a book out loud, Chester thought that the book said that they needed a "steak" to stab Bunnicula to death when it was a "stake" that they needed. Chester asked Harold if the steak was sharp enough to kill Bunnicula as he tried to kill him. Chester's intentions were violent. Chester at some point succeedes at avoiding Bunnicula from eating fruits and vegetables for days and when Harold the dog tries to help Bunnicula get some food to eat, Chester jumped and pounced on Bunnicula. Bunnicula escapes. Rude humor: A little. Positive messages/educational value: Some life lessons and morals about friendship. Some details about fictional creatures known as vampires. Lessons on what is right and wrong.

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Book Details

  • Author: James Howe
  • Illustrator: Alan Daniel
  • Genre: Horror
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: January 1, 1979
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 148
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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