The Bunnicula Collection: Books 4 – 7 contains four more funny and spooky stories from the beloved series by James Howe.
An overnight camping trip! Howie, the Monroe's faithful dog, is not excited, and Chester the cat is worried. The woods, Chester informs Harold, are not only full of cockleburs and ticks, but of spirits - evil spirits who prey on the innocent. Harold is not taking Chester seriously. But when two strange men and their even stranger dog set up camp next to the Monroes, things begin to happen that make even Harold wonder. Could Chester be right?
Return to Howliday Inn:
Harold, Chester, and Howie return to Chateau Bow-Wow, and it's as creepy as ever. The Monroe pets, alongside cat burglars Felony and Miss Demeanor, with Hamlet, a Great Dane, and Weasel (a weasel, of course) , work together to solve the mysterious disappearance of fellow boarder named Rosebud.
Bunnicula Strikes Again!:
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 and scattered about the Monroe family kitchen. This time Chester decides to take matters into his own hands (or rather paws).
Can Harold let Chester get away with hurting an innocent bunny, no matter what his harebrained suspicions are? When the Monroes notice Bunnicula's weakened condition and rush him to the vet, the chase is on, ending with a dramatic confrontation in a most unusual (and dangerous) location.
Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow:
The Monroe house is going mad with excitement.
Pete has just won a contest, and the prize is a school visit from none other than M. T. Graves, Pete’s idol and the best-selling author of the FleshCrawlers series. He’s even going to stay with the Monroes while he’s visiting! Harold and Howie are thrilled, but Chester the cat is suspicious. Why does Graves dress all in black? Why doesn’t the beady-eyed crow perched on his shoulder say anything? Why has a threatening flock of crows invaded the backyard? And most worrisome of all: In each of the FleshCrawlers books, why does something bad always happen to the pets?
Suddenly, Graves’ interest in all of the animals - especially Bunnicula - looks far from innocent. It’s up to Chester, Harold, and Howie to find out if M. T. Graves and Edgar Allan Crow are really devising a plot to make their beloved bunny...NEVERMORE!
©2013 James Howe (P)2013 Listening Library
I don't know about better (gosh, I read and loved these books so much when I was a kid!), but audiobooks are of course a very different experience from reading in print, and for me there's something extremely soothing about having some tales--P.G. Wodehouse, Terry Pratchett, and, of course, James Howe--read aloud by the right narrator.
I suppose it has to be Harold, that scruffy dog who's been a fictional companion since I was wee--but, then, who's Harold without Chester? Who's Watson without his Holmes?
The sheer color and variety of his characterizations! Every character, no matter how small, gets distinct shading from Garber (the only character where I feel he goes seriously astray is Harrison in _Howliday Inn_ in the first collection). But really, my favorite thing here is the cosy, often hilarious rightness of his voices for the main characters. Everyone no doubt envisions Harold, Chester, and Howie differently, but Garber gets them just as I'd imagined only somehow more so.
A few years ago, I reread Howe's _Bunnicula_ stories for the first time since childhood. They remain charming, engaging, and fun. I have an enduring love for this series, and Victor Garber's readings have given me a magnificent fix.
NOTE: VICTOR GARBER ONLY NARRATES THE FIRST THREE OF THE FOUR BOOKS IN THIS COLLECTION. I purchased this in the first place because I hadn't yet read or listened to _Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allen Crow_. The other three books I bought separately years ago on iTunes, but I was happy to spend a credit on this for a new-to-me _Bunnicula_ tale read by a narrator I like. Alas, that last book is read not by Garber but by Patrick Mulvahill, and I don't care for his performance. I ended up returning this.
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