Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery

by Deborah Howe (Author) Alan Daniel (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
This book is written by Harold. His fulltime occupation is dog. He lives with Mr. and Mrs. Monroe and their sons Toby and Pete. Also sharing the home are a cat named Chester and a rabbit named Bunnicula. It is because of Bunnicula that Harold turned to writing. Someone had to tell the full story of what happened in the Monroe household after the rabbit arrived. Was Bunnicula really a vampire? Only Bunnicula knows for sure. But the story of Chester's suspicions and their consequences makes uproarious reading. Since its first appearance in 1979, "Bunnicula" has been a hit with kids and their parents everywhere, selling over 8 million copies and winning numerous awards.
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"Bunnicula is the kind of story that does not age, and in all probability, will never die. Or stay dead, anyway..."

— Neil Gaiman

Deborah Howe
James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers. Bunnicula, coauthored by his late wife Deborah and published in 1979, is considered a modern classic of children's literature. The author has written six highly popular sequels, along with the spinoff series Tales from the House of Bunnicula and Bunnicula and Friends. Among his other books are picture books such as Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores and beginning reader series that include the Pinky and Rex and Houndsley and Catina books. He has also written for older readers. The Misfits, published in 2001, inspired the nationwide antibullying initiative No Name-Calling Week, as well as three sequels, Totally Joe, Addie on the Inside, and Also Known as Elvis. A common theme in James Howe's books from preschool through teens is the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself. Visit him online at JamesHowe.com.
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Guided Reading Level
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date
March 01, 1979
Bunnicula and Friends
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002190 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pets
JUV001000 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
Library of Congress categories
Mystery and detective stories
Young Reader's Choice Award
Winner 1982 - 1982
South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award
Winner 1980 - 1981
Iowa Children's Choice (ICCA) Award
Winner 1981 - 1982
Land of Enchantment Book Award
Winner 1981 - 1982

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