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The Celery Stalks at Midnight (Bunnicula and Friends) Paperback – October 1, 2006
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The vampire bunny Bunnicula has disappeared from his cage, and its up to Harold, Howie and Chester to track him down in this fun kids audio. Enjoy a zany mystery spiced by humor and elements of the supernatural. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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CHESTER, the cat, Harold, the dog, Bunnicula, the vampire (?) rabbit, and Howie, the wirehaired dachshund puppy, return in this sequel to Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery and Howliday Inn to ask the question: Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of lettuce?
Chester has just finished retelling the tale of Bunnicula to Howie, who has just joined the Monroe family, when he discovers that Bunnicula is missing from his cage. Chester stays up all night worrying. What becomes of the vegetables Bunnicula attacks (for he is after all a vegetarian vampire)? Do they become vampire veggies serving their master's evil ways? Certain that the town is crawling with killer parsnips and homicidal heads of lettuce, Chester sets out with Harold and Howie and a box of toothpicks for spearing the little devils through the heart.
En route to finding Bunnicula, driving tiny stakes through whatever white vegetables lie in their paths and thereby saving the town of Centerville, the threesome have more than their share of adventures, including an encounter with an ill-tempered white cat named Snowball and an unexpected trip to the town dump.
Finally the strange actions of everyone in town, including Toby and Pete Monroe, convince Chester that he may be too late, that Bunnicula and his minion vegetables may have taken over the town. Chester and his merry band race to save what souls they can. But, of course, Chester has been known to be wrong before. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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BUNNICULA was enjoyable, HOWLIDAY INN was riveting, but with THE CELERY STALKS AT MIDNIGHT, James Howe has most definitely outdone himself. As with the two previous installments, Chester and Harold are as delightful as ever. Chester's quest for justice, and his wacky mind put together make him an irresistible character - if not slightly insane - and will leave readers laughing out loud; while the food-loving Harold's disbelief about Bunnicula is catching, making the reader question whether or not Bunnicula truly is, or isn't, a vampire. However, it is the introduction of Howie that makes THE CELERY STALKS AT MIDNIGHT shine. Howie is the equivalent of Scooby-Doo's nephew, Scrappy-Doo. His aspirations to be just like Chester are off-beat, while his penchant for telling ridiculous jokes at all the wrong times are side-splitting funny. His howl, of course, gives his personality a slightly eerie side; but his love of peanut butter (something most dogs avoid) more than makes up for it. As with BUNNICULA, the fanged bunny doesn't make much of an appearance in THE CELERY STALKS AT MIDNIGHT; but the combining personalities of Harold, Chester, and Howie, along with the different animals they meet up with, from the sweater-wearing Max to the spitting-mad Snowball, certainly give the tale that certain...crunch to make it splendid. A clever romp through the mind of a zany cat and his two canine companions!
I love Victor Garber's interpretation of each character's voice. Quite versatile at changing up intonations and pitch, he seemlessly moves between teenage boys, goofy Howie and the more prim and proper Chester. I cracked up everytime Garber said 'Uncle HAHrold' in Howie's voice. VG also delivers the straight narrative parts in a nice rhythm that reflects the author's amusing sequences of puns with colorful imagery.
A could be vampire is always a science fiction fantasy favorite. The author indeed satisfies the appetite of the science fiction fans. It has a modern flair and realistic setting. The author uses the animals to reveal the story. While readers know animals are incapable of speaking, the realism of their voice is believable. The author keeps this pace of believable form throughout the book's beginning, middle, and end. While the illustrations are few, the illustrator gives action to the scenes that parallel the written words. The illustrations utilized have great form and detail. In their black and white pencil sketching the drawings only add to the story.