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Sep. 24th, 2018


[info]katara

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Title: Bunnicula Strikes Again! (Bunnicula #6)
Author: James Howe, Alan Daniel (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 4/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: September 23, 2018 to September 24, 2018
Book Summary: It's happening again. The Monroes's kitchen is littered with the remains of vegetables, drained of all color. To Chester, it's obvious: Bunnicula, the vampire rabbit, is up to his old tricks.But Harold is more frightened for Bunnicula than of him. The poor bunny doesn't look too good. Is he sick? Or just unhappy? Or has Chester finally gone too far in his attempt to make the world safe for veggies?

One thing's for sure: Harold isn't going to let anything bad happen to his long-eared pal -- even if it means leaving the comfort of his home, losing his best friend, and risking his own life. And if he fails -- could this be the end of Bunnicula?

Don't miss any of the adventures of Harold, Chester, Howie, and the vampire bunny, Bunnicula!
Book Review: While in the last book we had no real interaction with Bunnicula due to the Chester, Harold, and Howie were sent to Chateau Bow-Wow where they were met once more with a mystery that needed to be solved. Now they are back home and the Monroes have learned that the theatre where they found Bunnicula is due for demolition.

And what irony is the fact that Dracula will be the last movie to be shown.

On top of all this, Bunnicula seems to have lost that "sparkle in his eyes" whenever the two boys take him out of his cage to play. Harold begins to worry that something may be wrong with him. Chester, on the other hand, knows for certain that Bunnicula is not sick. Chester is just back on his whole "Bunnicula is a vampire bunny and needs to go."

Now Howie and Harold have to stop Chester from taking his plans too far and saving Bunnicula from the fate that Chester has set for him. Will these two succeed? Or will Chester finally realize that Bunnicula isn't that bad before it is too late?

This series continues to be a great and fun read. It is something quick especially if you are in that reading slump as I have been lately. This series has been a nice break from the Mary Sues and Gary Stus of the YA universe. I was happy to see that Chester does redeem himself in this one and becomes something of Bunnicula's protectors. The idea that Chester finally realizes how wrong he is is what I have been waiting for this entire series.

I am glad I took a chance upon this series and found that I really have enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading the last and final book of this series.

Sep. 19th, 2018


[info]katara

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Title: Return to Howliday Inn (Bunnicula #5)
Author: James Howe, Alan Daniel (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 4/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: September 18, 2018 to September 19, 2018
Book Summary: HOW DID ROSEBUD CHECK OUT FROM HOWLIDAY INN?

The Monroes have gone on vacation, once again leaving Harold, Chester, and Howie at Chateau Bow-Wow, which Chester aptly dubbed "Howliday Inn" during their last stay there. The motley crew of boarders may have changed, but the creepy goings-on at Howliday Inn have not. A ghostly voice, buried bones, and a collar with the name "Rosebud" on it suggest that murder may have been added to the services offered at the kennel.

A pair of yuppie puppies from posh Upper Centerville, two cat burglars (sisters-in-crime) named Felony and Miss Demeanor, a melancholy Great Dane named Hamlet, and a weasel named, well, The Weasel, join the Monroe pets in getting to the bottom of the mysterious happenings. But will they be able to escape the fate that may have befallen Rosebud?
Book Review: The Monroes are going on vacation and Harold, Chester, and Howie are heading back to Chateau Bow-Wow. Howie is excited about returning to the place of his birth but Chester and Harold have no desire to return to a place where things were weird.

And where is Bunnicula? Well he won't be joining the group. He is going to a friends house to stay.

The moment they arrive they meet several new faces and a mysterious voice that begs for them to release them. A pile of bones and the ghost of a Yorkshire dog named "Rosebud" whom has warned that there is some sort of terrible secret within the walls of Chateau Bow-Wow. Now it is up to the group and their new friends to solve this mystery!

This book was not entirely as good as the first visit to Chateau Bow-Wow but it still ranks up there as a great read. This book will keep you turning the pages until the very end as you try to figure out exactly what the mystery really is this time.

However, I wish we would see more of Bunnicula or even interaction with him. We know he is around but we never see any interactions with the other pets. Still this series is great and I recommend it to anyone whom has children.

Sep. 12th, 2018


[info]katara

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Title: Nighty-Nightmare (Bunnicula #4)
Author: James Howe, Leslie H. Morrill (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 4/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: September 11, 2018 to September 12, 2018
Book Summary: An overnight camping trip! Not Harold's idea of fun. Too many mosquitoes, ticks and cockleburs. But when the Monroe family set out, their faithful dog Harold was with them, mostly because he remembered that camping could also bring s'mores and toasted marshmallows. Howie, the other family dog, and Chester the cat were also included in the trip. Only Chester thought the idea was completely insane. The woods, he informed Harold, were not only full of cockleburs and ticks, but of spirits, evil spirits who prey on the innocent. And on this, the worst night of the year -- St. George's Eve, when all spirits are set loose -- who knew what could happen. What Harold knew was that Chester was a well read, over-stimulated cat, full of weird ideas. He did not take Chester's worries too seriously. He had s'more to think about. But then, the Monroes set up camp near two strange men and their even stranger dog, and things began to happen that made even Harold wonder. Could Chester be right?

This begins a long night, full of terrors and alarms, full of Chester's horrifying tale of how Bunnicula, the vampire bunny, was born and came to America, full of storms and a total sense of danger; and at the end came surprises that even Chester could not have predicted.

Once again, the Monroe family may be the victims of evil forces or only of Chester's strange imagination. But whichever, the result is suspenseful and very, very funny.
Book Review: I have been trying to keep my promise of reading an entire series before I go onto another book be it single or a series. I hate leaving a series and then coming back to read the book next in line and end up forgetting things that force me to read the entire series again. >>

I have to admit this series has been quite a bit of fun and I am glad I have been keeping faithful to finishing it up.

In this book, we find that Mr. Monroe - with a bit of help from Harold, our little canine narrator for these books - has decided to take the family on a bit of a camping trip. Of course, this means Harold, Chester the cat, and the newest addition to the family a pup named Howie. Unfortunately Bunnicula, the so-called vampire bunny is being left behind. As the family settles in to an enjoyable camping trip, our animal friends decide to go out into the woods only to become lost. For Chester, our ever-loving gothic-reading, conspiracy theorist, decides to use this time to spin a tale of vampirism and a mad scientist.

I don't want to give up too much of the story but this one was once more another fun read. I have really enjoyed these books immensely. I do, however, tend to feel sorry for Bunnicula every time Chester is around. Chester seems to find conspiracy or some sort of evilness in everything. Recently Chester had a belief that Bunnicula was draining all of the vegetables in order to create minions. Thankfully Harold is more the level headed of the two and has saved Bunnicula from whatever plan Chester has made.

This series is really fun and I highly recommend this series to any parent whom is trying to get their child into reading. This may just be something they will definitely enjoy.

Sep. 11th, 2018


[info]katara

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Title: The Celery Stalks at Midnight (Bunnicula #3)
Author: James Howe, Leslie H. Morrill (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 4/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: September 10, 2018 to September 11, 2018
Book Summary: HARE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW

Bunnicula is missing! Chester is convinced all the world's vegetables are in danger of being drained of their life juices and turned into zombies. Soon he has Harold and Howie running around sticking toothpicks through hearts of lettuce and any other veggie in sight. Of course, Chester has been known to be wrong before...but you can never be too careful when there's a vampire bunny at large!
Book Review: Another really great addition to the series.

In this book, we find our ever-favorite rabbit has returned. This time there is a new addition to the group. A young pup named Howie whom calls Harold "Uncle" and has latched onto Chester calling him "Pop" much to the chagrin of the cat. One day, Bunnicula disappears and vegetables are being found drained of their juices and turned white. Chester believes that Bunnicula is trying to gather minions to take over the world. Armed with toothpicks as stakes, the three set out to stop Bunnicula from gathering an army.

I swear this one was hilarious. I think it is time to take any sort of gothic novels or Stephen King books that cat comes up with sorts of theories that pull poor Harold and Howie into them. I am surprised that Harold has not put a stop to any of Chester's crazy antics and theories. I know he has tried to get Chester to believe that Bunnicula is not always evil but he has never gone out of his way to show that Chester that his crazy theories are just that - theories - and reading into them only causes trouble.

And Howie is a little nice addition to the group. I am really surprised that Chester has allowed him to call him "Pops" and latched himself to him. I can only surmise that somewhere deep within Chester that he does have a soft spot for the pup.

I wish this series had been around when I was a little girl because I would have latched onto it the moment it was in my hands. I like this series but I think the younger me would have loved it more than anything.

Sep. 8th, 2018


[info]katara

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Title: Howliday Inn (Bunnicula #2)
Author: James Howe, Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 4/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: September 7, 2018 to September 8, 2018
Book Summary: Not a great place to visit, and you wouldn't want to live there.

The Monroes have gone on vacation, leaving Harold and Chester at Chateau Bow-Wow -- not exactly a four-star hotel. On the animals' very first night there, the silence is pierced by a peculiar wake-up call -- an unearthly howl that makes Chester observe that the place should be called Howliday Inn.

But the mysterious cries in the night (Chester is convinced there are werewolves afoot) are just the beginning of the frightening goings-on. Soon animals start disappearing, and there are whispers of murder. Is checkout time at Chateau Bow-Wow going to come earlier than Harold and Chester anticipated?
Book Review: This is the second book of the Bunnicula series. Yet it doesn't even contain Bunnicula in it. This is quite an interesting thing about the book.

But anyway onward!

In this book, we find Chester and Harold are being sent to a boarding place called Chateau Bow-Wow while their family, the Monroes, are going on vacation. Of course, Chester is anything but pleased with this and Harold, well, he doesn't seem to mind being sent there. As the two settle in to the place, there are weird howls and one of the dogs being kept there goes missing. Chester, whom likes to read too much gothic mysteries, believes that it is the work of the werewolves and sets off to investigate. But when Chester goes missing, are there really werewolves at work? Or something else?

This was a rather fun read. I enjoyed this book immensely. Chester and Harold have become a real favorite. These books are really nothing like the show but it is still just as fun to read the antics of Chester and Harold. Although part of me feels sorry for Harold especially having to deal with Chester's vivid imagination; I think Harold should take away Chester's reading material. That cat always has some sort of conspiracy theory when it comes to strange things that go bump in the night. At the same time, Chester's theory does have some sort of substance of having truth to them. Not entirely of the supernatural, of course.

Still I enjoyed this book and I am quite looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Sep. 3rd, 2018


[info]katara

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Title: Bunnicula (Bunnicula #1)
Author: James Howe, Deborah Howe, Alan Daniel (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 4/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: September 2, 2018 to September 3, 2018
Book Summary: BEWARE THE HARE!
Is he or isn't he a vampire?


Before it's too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household -- a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits... and fangs!
Book Review: So Bunnicula has been on Boomrang for awhile and I thought that it would be nice to grab the books to see how much of a difference there is between the book and the show.

First off there is no Mina and definitely no cutesyness that the show has. In fact, it is the Monroe family that finds Bunnicula and brings him home. The Mom names him Bunnicula since they have come back from seeing a vampire movie that evening but then things start happening. Vegetables are turning up white and Chester the cat is becoming increasingly erratic in his behavior. Harold, on the other hand, seems to feel sorry for the rabbit and comes to his rescue when he learns that Chester is keeping Bunnicula from eating.

Our narrator turns out to be the dog Harold and even has the ability to read old Carpathian writing. Our other main character of sorts is Chester the cat whom loves to read gothic tales but when Bunnicula comes into the picture, Chester's demeanor changes drastically and starts accusing Bunnicula of being a vampire. He even goes out to point the fact that the vegetables have been drained of all their color. While we don't really see much of Bunnicula but we do learn that he is a bit of a ninja bunny that get out of his cage to feed on the vegetables.

The Monroes have no idea what is going on and seem to be oblivious to the whitening of the vegetables. They pretty much write it off as bad vegetables from the store and even more they believe that Chester is suffering from sibling rivalry because of the new occupant of the house. So they pretty much are useless.

And Harold doesn't seem to believe Chester one bit. In fact, he just seems to chalk it up as Chester reading too many gothic novels.

This book was a fun read. It is so drastically different from the cartoon. Still I enjoyed it and have picked up the other novels in this series. I just wish this series had been out when I was a kid. I think this book would have definitely been a favorite of mine.