REVIEW: Howliday Inn (Bunnicula #2) by James Howe

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction/Children/Vampires, Pages: 224, Level: Easy

Book Description from Barnes & Noble:

“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?

While their family is away, Harold and Chester, a dog and a cat, are boarded at Chateau Bow-Wow where Chester becomes increasingly alarmed by the strange behavior of his fellow guests and the sudden disappearance of one of them.”

The Monroe family is off for a trip. Bunnicula will stay with a neighbor while Howard and Chester are doomed to stay at Chateau Bow-Wow. Guests at the boarding house are beginning to disappear and the caretakers are acting weird. Chester is determined to figure out who is responsible for these disappearances and drags a reluctant, and always hungry, Harold along for the ride.

As with Bunnicula, Howliday Inn is a very smart and hilarious book. It is a perfect read aloud book and my daughter and I are having a great time working our way through the series. Chester is an intelligent and curious cat who is also prone to conspiracy theories, which always makes for a fun storyline. Harold is a happy go lucky, eager to please dog who just humors Chester by participating in the antics.

Howe does a great job of coming up with new and interesting characters for this second installment of the Bunnicula series. I was a little disappointed that Bunnicula does not have a part in Howliday Inn, but Chester and Harold are interesting enough to make the read enjoyable. My daughter and I laugh out loud while reading this book and it is perfect for silly voices and facial expressions to accentuate the reading.

Once again, not only did I have to explain some of the vocabulary, I actually had to look a couple up myself to accurately explain the definitions to my daughter. I consider that a plus since it introduces my daughter to a much wider vocabulary than the “whatever,” “d’uh,” and “OMG” vocabulary words she hears quite frequently. What a nice change of pace.

I highly recommend Howliday Inn.

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