REVIEW: Bunnicula Strikes Again! (Bunnicula #6) by James Howe

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

Book Description from Barnes & Noble:

“Let’s just say the matter is under control,” Chester slyly tells his pals Harold and Howie. But what on earth does he mean? It seems that Bunnicula, the vampire rabbit, is back to his old ways- or so Chester thinks, having found pale vegetables drained of their juices scattered about the Monroe family kitchen. And now, once and for all, Chester is determined to save the world from this threat.

But why has Bunnicula- so frisky just a short time ago- been so listless and tired of late? Is this part of Chester’s scheme? Can Harold let Chester get away with hurting an innocent bunny, no matter what his harebrained suspicions are? It is not long before the Monroes notice Bunnicula’s condition and rush him to the vet, and then the chase is on, ending up with a dramatic confrontation in a most unusual (and dangerous!) location.

When Bunnicula the rabbit starts acting strangely, the Monroe dogs and cat renew their suspicions that he is a vampire.”

In the fifth installment of the Bunnicula series, Chester the cat once again believes that Bunnicula is a danger and must be dealt with. Yeah, sorry about ending the sentence with a preposition… Anyway, the old theater where Bunnicula was found is going to be torn down and Chester is convinced that Bunnicula is hiding out there, looking for his mother. As they chase down their hoppity friend, Chester, Harold and Howie run into some familiar faces from Chateau Bow-Wow. But they need to hurry and make sure Bunnicula is not in the theater before it is demolished!

Once again, Howe delivers an extremely intelligent and humorous story that will entertain both children and adults. While I don’t expect adults to pick up this book for themselves, it is a wonderful book and series to read aloud with your children.

As with the others in the series, Howe does not talk down to his intended audience. On the contrary, he speaks to them as he would anyone else, sort of like the Monroes speak to their pets. Chester’s passion for conspiracies, Harold’s laid back demeanor and Howie’s youthful excitement practically jump off the pages. And of course my favorite parts are Howie’s puns. That just never gets old.

And as if reading the book isn’t enough, both Chester and Howie enjoy reading books too. In all fairness, Harold also enjoys books… eating them, that is.

Bunnicula Strikes Again is another wonderful book in the Bunnicula series, all of which I highly recommend.

Reviewed by Christina

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