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Howliday Inn (Bunnicula) Paperback – October 1, 1983


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bunnicula
  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (October 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380645432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380645435
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The story, with wonderfully witty dialogue and irresistible characters, is a treat for all ages." -- "Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Publisher

Harold and Chester could hardly believe it. The Monroe family was going on vacation without them. Bunnicula, the family rabbit, would be boarded with a neighbor. But they, the family's loyal dog and cat, were to be sent away with strangers; they were to spend a week at Chateau Bow-Wow.

Chateau Bow-Wow, observed Chester, soon after they arrived, could more properly be called Howliday Inn. Though what was howling, neither of them knew. Chester had his suspicions however; only a werewolf could make that chilling sound. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


More About the Author

James Howe has written more than eighty books in the thirty-plus years he's been writing for young readers. It sometimes confuses people that the author of the humorous Bunnicula series also wrote the dark young adult novel, The Watcher, or such beginning reader series as Pinky and Rex and the E.B. White Read Aloud Award-winning Houndsley and Catina and its sequels. But from the beginning of his career (which came about somewhat by accident after asking himself what kind of vampire a rabbit might make), he has been most interested in letting his imagination take him in whatever direction it cared to. So far, his imagination has led him to picture books, such as I Wish I Were a Butterfly and Brontorina (about a dinosaur who dreams of being a ballerina), mysteries, poetry (in the upcoming Addie on the Inside), and fiction that deals with issues that matter deeply to him. He is especially proud of The Misfits, which inspired national No Name-Calling Week (www.nonamecallingweek.org) and its sequel Totally Joe. He does not know where his imagination will take him in the next thirty-plus years, but he is looking forward to finding out.

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Great book for the 8 - 10 year old or the young at heart.
Tammy Stathelson
She loved it a lot and "she loved all the Bunnicula book". "They are really cool!"
Jane Olsson
My son loved the first book so I had to buy him the second.
Sarah Dutton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
Howliday Inn is written for children but is enjoyable for any age group with its humor and clever plotline. The main characters, a dog and a cat named Harold and Chester respectively, are a lot of fun to relate to and sympathize with, and a colorful group of minor characters complements them perfectly. The mystery is suspenseful and it is fun to try to guess the outcome. Hearing Victor Garber, a very talented actor with an amazing voice, reading makes the book an even better experience. He has a voice for each character, and they are not overdone, they are subtle and exactly right. Overall it is a fun and relaxing way to spend time. I highly recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on February 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Pete and Toby Monroe, along with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe, are going on vacation, and, thanks for Harold's tendency to get carsick, they have decide to leave both him, and Chester at Chateau Bow-Wow, a supposed four-star hotel for dogs and cats. It seems like a boring place to Harold and Chester, until the first night, when they are trying to get some sleep, and they hear a horrendous howling, causing Chester to rename Chateau Bow-Wow, Howliday Inn. Chester becomes convinced almost instantly that there are werewolves among them at the hotel, and begins investigating. But pretty soon Harold and Chester have even more to investigate, because animals begin disappearing, and there are rumors of murder spreading around. Now it's up to Chester and Harold to solve the case, before their check-out time from Howliday Inn comes sooner than expected.
After reading THE MISFITS by James Howe, I thought that I'd check out another one of his novels, which led to my purchase of HOWLIDAY INN. This is one of the best books that I have ever read for children and pre-teens. The characters are intelligent and witty, and speak in such a simple way that children of all ages will be able to understand what is going on in the plot. Not only that, readers will be able to help Chester and Harold solve the mystery, while also getting a good laugh out of the quirky personalities of the other boarders at Chateau Bow-Wow. A must have book for all kids ages 6-13, as HOWLIDAY INN is something that even the most reluctant reader will be unable to put down.
Erika Sorocco
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I am now currently 15 years of age. The first (full) book that i actually completed (and didn't stop half way through) was Howliday Inn. It was an inventive story which i remember vividly as enjoyable and influential towards later reading. If you are a parent trying to get your child (or children) into the GREAT habit of reading, then this is DEFINATELY a must for them. It dips into all kinds of later reading genres. From suspense to love, to comedy (most evident as i recall), to "horror" (and i put that in quotes because it is rather silly to be saying at the age of 15). All in All, this is a great reading experience for those who are just, well, experimenting with books for their first time. This will beautifully keep them in the ever-lasting habit of reading!!!!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
Howlday Inn , a book by James Howe, is all about a dog named Harold and a cat named Chester. They could hardly believe it! The Monroes were going on vacation with out them!The familys rabbit would be staying with a nieghboor. But the family's dog and cat, wre to stay with strangers at the Chateau Bow-Wow. No sooner had Harold and Chester settled into thier bungloos, thier cages, than Louise, a French poodle involved in a messy love triangle dissapered.Chester believed the six other guest were capable of anything even murder. Ther was a pair of Dachshounds who howled at the moon and were rumored to be half werewolf,Lyle,A crazy catwho was convincedhe was a secret agent.There was also Max,Louises husband,Gorgette,a flirt and taxi max's best friend.All Herold and Chester knew was that inspite of themselves they had entered the crime detection buisness ansd neither foul play nor foul weather would stip them from finding out who did it. This book was a very thrilling book. Throught the whole book i was suspicious about all of the characters. I felt as if I was really there with all of the animals,and there problems.The story had a wonderful dialouge and irristisable characters.I recommend this book to many people of all ages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book quite a few years ago. I loved it so much, I read it over and over. This is a book that I have read to the children I babysat for, and I will also read it to my own children. It's wonderful and I will never forget it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A 10-year old reader on March 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
In Howliday Inn you are scared because animals vanish. Some people say there is death. You are in suspence in the 3rd chapter. You need to find out what happens read it because it is so good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daisy Hunt on October 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is my favorite of all the Bunnicula books. Harold and Chester are sent for a bone-chilling week at "Howliday Inn" and immediately get plunged into mystery, mayhem, and murder! All the guests seem to have something to hide or are very strange, at any rate: Louise, Max, and Georgette, who are all involved in a love triangle, Howard and Heather, the howling "werewolf" dachshunds, Taxi, a rather stupid dog who idolizes Max, and my fave, Lyle, the secret agent cat! X3 This is much, MUCH better than the sequel Return to Howliday Inn. You must read this one!! There's real crimes to solve!
The only complaint I have is the addition of Howie at the end. Some may disagree with me, but I prefered things when it was just Harold and Chester (and Bunnicula). I dunno . . . Howie seems like a fifth wheel to me . . . a completely unnecessary character added for a few laughs XD But that's a minor complaint. Read the book, whether you like Howie or not! ^__~
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