Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery

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Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery is a novel by Deborah and James Howe, and illustrated by Alan Daniel. Howe introduces the book as actually having been written by one of the main characters who showed up with a manuscript one night.

This book is intended for readers 8-12 years of age, or roughly grades 3-6. It is most commonly available in the chapter book format.

Publication History[edit]

It was first published in 1979, by Atheneum, with the ISBN 0689307004. Most current publication is by Aladdin books in 2006. ISBN 1416928170 There are several other Bunnicula books, but of these have been written solely by James Howe; Deborah Howe died in 1979.[1]


The Monroe family returns from a showing of Dracula with a new friend... a black and white rabbit with red eyes that they promptly dub Bunnicula. The family pets, Harold the Dog and Chester the Cat, notice that strange white vegetables start showing up. It's as if they've been drained of blood! Or at least juices. Chester is convinced Bunnicula really is a vampire rabbit and must be stopped before his army of undead vegetables can take over the world.


  1. Howe, Deborah, and James Howe. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery. New York: Avon Books, 1980.