Bunnicula Review and Teaching Ideas

What is not to love this time of year?  Cool weather, colorful leaves, and the excitement of Halloween!  My favorite story for October is Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe.  I could read it a million times and still find something funny that I may have missed the time before.

Harold, the narrator of the story, is hysterical!  He is just like my dog, Romeo, who begs for food 24-7!  And Chester, the cat, oh my.  My students and I fall off our chairs when read about his shenanigans!  He thinks that the new bunny in the house is a vampire and is determined to get rid of a vampire no matter how crazy he looks!  I’ve called my own cat Chester by mistake when he acts a little crazy.  He wears garlic around his neck, tries to pound the bunny with a steak..yes steak not stake, and wears a towel around his neck to look like a vampire cape to get everyone’s attention.  The poor bunny can’t get a break so Harold steps in to help him.  It is a must read!  Teachers, there are so many different reading skills you can pull from this book.  As far as vocabulary, it is packed with new words for upper elementary so I would stop and explain or help students use context clues when we crossed a difficult word.

Here are some great ideas to use with this book!

  • Genre discussion-  Legends and Mysteries
  • Make an advertisement for a lost bunny
  • Point of view of the different characters.
  • Predict what Chester might do next.
  • Inference opportunities are throughout
  • Cause and Effect
  • Compare and Contrast characters
  • Sequence Events
  • Text Connections
  • Summarize an event using transition words
  • Persuade your parents to allow you to get a pet
  • Concrete Poem of a white tomato!
  • 5W’s- Who, What, When, Where, Why
  • Homonyms- Steak/Stake
  • Write a Parody of one of the events in the story
  • Character Traits/ Feeling words
  • How did Chester’s character change from the beginning of the story to the end?
  • Figurative Language- Simile, Metaphor, Alliteration, Personification, Idiom, Onomatopoeia
  • Lots of Personification!
  • Analyze quotes:  Cruel to be kind.  By hook or by crook.
  • Write a Diamante- change from one character to the next
  • Explain the name of the chapters
  • Research- Rabbit’s diet, Transylvania, Animal Fangs, Vampire Bats
Find the book HERE.


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