Review: Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery

When the Monroe family brings home a small black-and-white bunny they find in the movie theater after seeing Dracula, Chester the cat and Harold the dog are instantly suspicious.

After all the vegetables in the Monroe kitchen start turning white, Chester and Harold are certain that Bunnicula is a vegetarian vampire.

Review

I wanted a rabbit before I read this so now I really want a rabbit, but I want a vampire rabbit! How cute would it be? To have a vampire bunny? I’d never heard of Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe until my mate Tash told me about it late last year. Naturally, when I find out it is about a rabbit who might be a vampire, and then I see the cover of it with it’s little vampire teeth, I had to get it straight away.

It was so not a waste and I’m really glad I got it. Bunnicula is found apparently abandoned at the movies (what movie is showing? Dracula of course), and brought home. The cat gets suspicious and the dog takes a bit of interest, but isn’t exactly as engrossed in the subject like Chester is. I love it, apart from it being delightfully Gothic, because it is fun and cute and the characters are so entertaining.

Chester is the intellectual type who has a thing about reading horror stories, classics (like Edgar Allan Poe), and he gets up to all sorts of antics trying to solve the vampire mystery (like role playing a vampire in an attempt to warn the family). Harold is smart yet not the academic, being a little ignorant on some issues because he isn’t as well read as Chester (like what a parrot is), but he is the comedy character. They’re all humorous, there’s a touch of humour all through the book, but when I say Harold is a comedy character it’s because he has a wit that lightens the whole book. Here’s this cat being so serious and this dog making fun of him, but in a more subtle way.

This is marketed to a younger audience, 8-12 it says on my book, but I think some of the humour and references might be a bit too old for some of it’s intended audience. Sure it has lessons in it, a moral story about friendship and acceptance, but I think there’s some aspects of it that would go over a kid’s head. These would be the use of certain words that wouldn’t be taught in school at that age, references and mentions to classic literature, and the whole thing with therapy at the end.

All of the above mentioned lead me to feel that it’s a good book adults can read to kids because it is something that an adult can read and enjoy, while the kid can enjoy the cute animals and the antics they get up to. There’s humour for both audiences, plus I think sometimes it might help for an adult to be able to explain some of the aspects of the book or at least be there in case it freaks them out a little.

On the whole, and I may be bias seeing as I’m a tad Goth and all, but cutest book ever, and I want to buy the rest of the titles (Bunnicula Meets Edgar Alan Crow, The Celery Stalks At Night, but this one is followed by Howliday Inn). Not least, this is my 200th post! I think this is an excellent book to post about for my 200th.

  • Genre: Children’s Mystery, Dark Fiction
  • Demographic: 8-12, but maybe with an adult nearby
  • Rating Out of Five: 5
  • Challenges: Off The Shelf

6 thoughts on “Review: Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery

  1. Oh wow! It has been so long since I’ve seen, heard, or read Bunnicula. I loved that book as a kid. Scared the crap out of me and made me think that every rabbit I saw was a vegetable sucking vampire. Now I think it is adorable and hilarious. I want to read it again now.

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