REVIEW: The Celery Stalks at Midnight (Bunnicula #3) by James Howe

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction/Children/Vampires, Pages: 144, Level: Easy

Book Description from Barnes & Noble:

“Chester the cat is more than ever convinced that Bunnicula is a vampire when there is a harvest of white vegetables on the morning after the night that Bunnicula was probably wandering through the neighborhood.”

In the third installment of the Bunnicula series, Bunnicula escapes from his cage and vegetables are turning white again. After realizing his mistake, that you have to drive a stake through a vampire, not a steak, Chester arms himself with toothpicks and sets out to find Bunnicula and stake all vegetable victims turned into minion vampires. Of course Harold joins the crusade, along with Howie, the Monroe’s newest addition to the family, who was acquired from Cheateau Bow-Wow. But things turn from bad to worse when the pets find evidence that even the Monroes themselves may have fallen victim to Bunnicula’s evil plans.

As with the previous books, The Celery Stalks at Night is hilarious. The newest addition to the family, Howie, is a master of puns, which makes the story all the more funny. In addition, it provides many more opportunities to discuss vocabulary, homonyms and homophones with my daughter as she doesn’t always understand why the puns are funny. I love that these books are so entertaining yet intelligent, proving the two do not have to be mutually exclusive.

The book was written in 2006 so it was obviously before the current sparkly lovey-dovey vampire phase, but from an adult point of view, and ignoring the fact that they are different time periods, The Celery Stalks at Midnight could be viewed as a total spoof of all the silly vampire stuff that is rampant in our culture right now. Of course, that could be complete over-interpretation on my part. Read between the lines people!

Anyway, again, Howe’s story is a complete success as well as a great read aloud for the whole family. I think everyone will chuckle from time to time.

Reviewed by Christina

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