Bunnicula by James Howe and Deborah Howe
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!
It’s been 20 years since I first read this book, and it is still a 5-star read every time. This book has everything: an intriguing mystery, a great sense of humor, vocabulary building, family goals, and yes, a vampire bunny.
The main characters are Harold the dog and Chester the too-smart-for-his-own-good cat. Their owners, the Monroe family, bring home a mysterious bunny from the movies one night, and soon after vegetables start turning white in the Monroe home. Is it a vegetable blight, or is Bunnicula a danger to every man, woman, pet, and veggie?
I can not recommend this book highly enough for kids around the age of 10. It’s great for reading aloud, and is sure to catch the attention of even the most reluctant reader. Harold is an all-too relatable main character, and it’s a great introduction to the mystery genre. It’s atmospheric, but not too scary. And if they love it, the series only gets better as it goes.