A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bunnicula is about a vampire rabbit, but the horror aspect of the plot is mild. The sketchy illustrations are incidental. It's a wacky story, told from the point of view of a dog named Harold and sprinkled with goofy one-liners, that will captivate kids from the great title to the last page. Victor Garber reads the audiobook version.
What's the story?
Is the bunny hutch harboring a vampire? The Monroes' pets are on patrol for the answer. Farcical and highly readable, this book wins its audience with silly situations, an amiable flirtation with daring subject matter, and eccentric behavior dropped into a conventional setting.
Is it any good?
Thousands of young readers have given this book their approval, and they're sure to be joined by thousands more -- with good reason. In fact, kids with even a smidgeon of attraction to horror will gobble this book up. And for over 30 years, they already have. One typical older fan remembers the book vividly: "It's funny, creative, and just silly enough not to be stupid. The animals are well characterized, too, in the way they talk. It's a great book."
The lighthearted inspiration that led Deborah and James Howe to almost daydream this book into reality shines through its pages, charming and amusing the reader. The intelligent Chester and his down-to-earth chum, Harold, go their separate ways over the dangers the fanged bunny brings into their home. But their differences are resolved in the end, with the vampire mystery lingering just enough to support several sequels.