Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Book Review | Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow by James Howe



3.5 STARS ★ ★ ★ (½)



Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow is book #7 out of 7 books in the book series: Bunnicula by James Howe.


In the 7th and final book in the Bunnicula series it follows the story of how Pete Monroe meets his favorite author M.T. Graves.

  Afte Pete Monroe writes to his favorite author M.T. Graves who created his and Howie's favorite book series FleshCrawlers. Toby his brother mocks him and thinks he's uncool until one day Pete receives a letter back explaining that his letter was chosen out of many applicants to be entered to win a school visit from M.T. Graves himself which excited most people besides Chester who is suspicious of the author and his creepy ways.

M.T. Graves also notes that he would like to stay at the Monroe family's house to spend quality time with the Monroe pets which Pete mentioned then family pets weird characteristics. Chester tries to spook Harold and Howie with all his suscpions such as how in the FleshCrawlers series animals always get harmed and thinks M.T. Graves is trying to get to them to harm them causing Chester to go into his own investigation.

   
     Going into the book I must say I was a bit sad to be leaving behind our familiar friends Harold, Chester, Howie.. and Bunnicula. Mainly the first 3. Harold is now a old dog with arthritis but had a final tale to tell.

This book gave everything I could've asked for in a series wrap up. It had the spooky elements I enjoy, witty and funny moments, and clever storyline.

I liked how there were many Poe references and other author mentions.

 Although I hate to say good bye to the characters I came to enjoy in this short children's book series I hope to read more of James Howe's in the future and I hope to see him put out more books soon. :)

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Book Review | Bunnicula Strikes Again! By James Howe



3 STARS ★ ★ ★



Bunnicula Strikes Again! is book #6 out of 7 books in the book series: Bunnicula by James Howe.

In the 6th installment in the Bunnicula series follows Chester accusing Bunnicula once again of being a vampire and going as far as to starve him in order to protect the Monroe family.

 Once Harold and Howie find out that Bunnicula is sick or sad and thinks that he may possibly missing his real mother who left him in the local theater a few years back before the Monroe family found him while watching Dracula one night. Chester tries to assure the two dogs that he is taking care of it but Harold and Howie don't trust Chester with the past outlandish behavior he's shown especially regarding Bunnicula and him being a vampire so they are set to help Bunnicula get better and not be so hard but they'll have to get past Chester first.


     This book is one of Howe's smaller novels and so I didn't expect there to be much of a plot and it wasn't bad. It was another short adventure with the usual funny puns with the usual Monroe family pets.
   
The plot is still revolved around Chester thinking Bunnicula is a vampire and trying to prove it as he has since book #1. I think this book and book #3 is the weakest in the series so far but I think a younger person may enjoy them equally as good as the others.

I can't wait to read the next and final book but I'm a bit sad to say good bye to the Monroe pets Harold, Chester, and Howie!

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Book Review | Return to Howliday Inn by James Howe


3.5 STARS ★ ★ ★ (½)



Return to Howliday Inn is book #5 out of 7 books in the book series: Bunnicula by James Howe.

  Harold, Chester and Howie return with another unwanted adventure as the Monroe family are once again leaving the pets at Chateau Bow-Wow.

Howie having been born there is rather excited to visit but for Chester he feels hesitant after remember his and Harolds last experience.

Once there they notice many differences including an array of new animals such as a sneaky weasel, troubled cats, a parrot named Ditto and more new exotic characters.


     Another little fun adventure with a bunch of characters with unique personalities. James Howe has "character dumped" in book #2 Howliday Inn but he makes them fun that it doesn't feel like a chore to keep up with which character is which and done what.

I thought that the book had a spooky feels at times which is always a plus. The Monroe pets was full of funny puns and dialog as always.

I'm also noticing a pattern since starting the series and that is when the books in the series are a bit longer I seem to enjoy them better, I think it has more plot as I've mentioned in prior reviews.

Bunnicula wasn't present in this book which is fine since Bunnicula doesn't talk he'd be pretty dull. I am enjoying this short series, it's just a fun light read!

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Book Review | Nighty-Nightmare by James Howe



3.5 STARS ★ ★ ★ (½)



Night-Nightmare is book #4 out of 7 books in the book series: Bunnicula by James Howe.

The Monroe family and pets (Howie, Harold, and Chester) are back and this time with a mysterious adventure occuring after going on a family retreat at Boggy Lake.

  Harold, Chester, and Howie tag along with them after Mr. Monroe comes up with the idea to go camping outside opposed to staying in their room.

Chester however is hesitant reminding Howie and Harold that it is the eve of Saint George's Day the night where monsters and spirits come out. Harold tries to dismiss Chesters claim as over imaginative like he usually is until later that night where they come across a group of mysterious individuals that seem out to the Monroe family harm.

     Finally Howe gives a more creepy story and even for a children's book I think it worked!

I thought that Howe gives the right amount of creepiness to still be enjoyable for the younger targeted audience but enough for older people to like as well. The plot was good and was an interesting read.

Between the Dracula references and Howie's oh so cheesy puns it kept me wanting to keep reading and not put down.

No technically Bunnicula wasn't physically in the story but by now I've came to the conclusion that Bunnicula isn't really the end all to continue the series.. I think that Harold, Chester, and Howie's relationships and personalities are enough where Bunnicula can pop up from to time to time or not and I'd be content either way.

I don't really have any complaints for this book I thought it gave us a bit of everything I think the series needs and I hope Howe keeps up the series this way :)

I also liked the overall message that the story tells,

Don't necessarily judge someone by their appearance.


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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Book Review | The Celery Stalks at Midnight by James Howe


3 STARS ★ ★ ★



The Celery Stalks at Midnight is book #3 out of 7 books in the book series: Bunnicula by James Howe.

Bunnicula is back in the 3rd installment of the series with The Celery Stalks at Midnight...

     But not for long Bunnicula has somehow managed to escape out of his cage and with Chester and his imaginative thoughts he thinks that Bunnicula is out roaming through the neighborhood to find more victims to build an army of vampire vegetables.

Now Harold, Chester, and Howie are out on a mission to locate Bunnicula and rescue the town from any further troubles.

  Another short adventure from the Bunnicula gang. I liked Howie as a new addition to the series! I thought that it is funny how Howie refers to Chester the cat as pop and the overall friendship between the three of the Monroe pets.

I thought the writing was paced good and James Howe has funny dialogue, story, and plot.

I liked the whole Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" parody skit by Chester, he's a hoot!

I wished the book was a bit longer, it seemed too short with not much plot, maybe if it was longer it
would've had more "meat to it" as they say.

Despite the few cons I'll still be continuing with the series.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Book Review | Howliday Inn by James Howe



3.5 stars ★ ★ ★ (½)



Howliday Inn is book #2 out of 7 books in the book series: Bunnicula by James Howe.

In book two of the Bunnicula series, Howliday Inn we follow Harold and Chester as they embark on a new adventure after the Monroe family decides to take a summer vacation.

Unable to take Harold and Chester with them the family have to drop them off at a kennel called Chateau Bow-Wow. Once there they meet a bunch of new characters with different quirky personalities.

The problem is they find out the owner of the kennel, Dr. Greenbriar, is off work leaving them in the hands of his helpers Jill and Harrison who seem rather inexperienced and incapable of taking care of themelves let alone a kennel of animals. Soon after arriving mysterious things start happening raising suspicions from Chester and Harold thus causing them investigate the incidents and getting themselves into trouble.

     Another funny little adventure written with great writing and enjoyable plot and characters.

In this book James Howe introduces us to a handful of new characters with all unique personalities that make a fun addition to the story. I thought that it was paced well and had a ending that wasn't wrapped up too quickly as the previous book.

The story didn't include Bunnicula but luckily Harold and Chester is enough to make me want to continue reading the books.

I also liked the illustrations better in this specific book than the previous Bunnicula book.

I'll definitely be continuing the series :)


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