Bunnicula – A Mini Unit



The Monroe family find a bunny at the movie theater. They are watching an old Dracula movie so that call the bunny Bunnicula. The Monroe already have two pets, Harold the dog and Chester the cat. While Harold isn’t bothered by the new addition, Chester begins to suspect that the bunny is a vampire.

Bunnicula : A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery

Book Summary:

The Monroe family find a bunny at the movie theater. They are watching an old Dracula movie so that call the bunny Bunnicula. The Monroe already have two pets, Harold the dog and Chester the cat. While Harold isn’t bothered by the new addition, Chester begins to suspect that the bunny is a vampire. Bunnicula’s markings make him look like he is wearing a cape, and he seems to have fangs. Strange things seem to happen around the house after Bunnicula arrives. So Chester, with a little help from Harold, tries to rescue the family from the vampire bunny.

About the Authors:

James and Deborah Howe were husband and wife. They wrote two books together before she died of cancer in 1978. It was Deborah who suggested that they collaborate on a children’s book based on a character that James had created several years earlier. James has continued to write and several of his works are listed below.

Suggested Vocabulary:

admonition
alert
digress
exhausted
fraught
indulgent
narrative
overwrought
repulsive
reverie
rivalry
stealthily
subtle
tranquil
trundled


Suggested Discussion Questions and Activities:

1. Who is telling this story?

2. Why did Chester think Bunnicula was a vampire?

3. Which character in the story did you like best? Explain your choice.

4. What do you thing happened to the vegetables?
5. Some of the things in Bunnicula could happen in real life (reality). Some things could not happen in real life (fantasy). As you are reading the story, pick out some things that happen which fall into the category of “reality” and some things that happen which fall into the category of “fantasy.”

6. Many different vegetables were mentioned in this story. Pick one that you have never eaten before and give it a try.

7. For a fieldtrip, take a trip to a pet store. Learn how to take care of a pet, in particular about a cat, a dog, and a rabbit.



Other books by the Howe’s:

The Misfits
Howliday Inn
Return to Howliday Inn
The Watcher (young adult)
The Rag and Bone Shop (young adult)
Horace and Morris but Mostly Delores
Bunnicula Strikes Again!
There’s a Monster Under My Bed
The Celery Stalks at Midnight
There’s a Dragon in My Sleeping Bag
and several more!!


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