It’s Tween and Teen Tuesday where we review either a juvenile (J) or young adult (YA) book. In honor of Halloween, we’ll be reviewing ghoulishly scary and spooky books throughout the month of October.
Deborah and James Howe (Juvenile Fiction)
Who would have thought that a seemingly innocent rabbit found in a movie theater would turn a happy family upside down…and possibly threaten the world? Chester, that’s who. The Monroe’s family cat knew the instant that snuggly bunny entered their home that something was definitely not right. Harold, the family dog, was clueless and Mr. and Mrs. Monroe and their two boys were no help at all. No. It was up to him and him alone to expose this furry fraud for who he really was. Soon, Chester would make his discovery known to all since the clues were all coming together: the nocturnal sleeping habits, the drained vegetables, the Houdini-like talents of escapism, the FANGS! Come on! Why is he the ONLY ONE WHO SEES IT? Well, cats are far more intelligent. Thankfully, Chester has a plan, but can he make it work in time to save his family and everyone on the planet?
Bunnicula is a harmless and hilarious way to get your young reader into the Halloween spirit. FAR more benign and innocuous than The Witches by Roald Dahl (reviewed on October 9), the antics of Chester and Harold are entertaining and lighthearted. Perhaps the only scary thing about this book is the cover (an adorable rabbit with red eyes and fangs? Yikes!). And, if your youngster wants more fun with the Monroe pets, Howe provides fans with six more books in the Bunnicula series. Hare-ray!
So, hide your vegetables, put your garlic necklace on, and prepare yourself for some hare-raising fun with the most adorable vampire you’re likely to ever meet.
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