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by Deborah and James Howe  |  Grades:  3-6   |  Age: 8-12  |  Lexile Level: 700

Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe Teacher Guide, Novel Unit, Lesson Plans, ActivitiesAbout Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe

Is he or isn't he a vampire?

Before it's too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household -- a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits...and fangs!

Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.;


"Bunnicula is the kind of story that does not age, and in all probability, will never die. Or stay dead, anyway..." -- Neil Gaiman

"The most lovable vampire of all time."  -- J. Gordon Melton, author of The Vampire Book

"Move over, Dracula! This mystery-comedy is sure to delight." -- New York Times

Biographical Notes About Deborah and James Howe

Deborah Howe (1946 – 1978) was an American children's writer. She and her husband James Howe wrote two books, Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery and Teddy Bear's Scrapbook, but she died of cancer at age 31 before they were published in 1979 and 1980. She graduated from Boston University and worked as a theater actress before becoming a writer. She was survived by her parents, her husband James, and her younger brother.

James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers, including the modern classic Bunnicula and its highly popular sequels. In 2001, Howe published The Misfits, which was the inspiration for the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week (, an event observed by thousands of middle and elementary schools annually. There are three companion novels to The MisfitsTotally Joe (2005), Addie on the Inside (2011), and Also Known as Elvis (2014). Howe’s many other books for children from preschool through teens frequently deal with the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself. Visit him online at

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