James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers. Bunnicula, coauthored by his late wife Deborah and published in 1979, is considered a modern classic of children's literature. The author has written six highly popular sequels, along with the spinoff series Tales from the House of Bunnicula and Bunnicula and Friends. Among his other books are picture books such as Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores and beginning reader series that include the Pinky and Rex and Houndsley and Catina books. He has also written for older readers. The Misfits, published in 2001, inspired the antibullying initiative No Name-Calling Week, as well as three sequels, Totally Joe, Addie on the Inside, and Also Known as Elvis. A common theme in James Howe's books from preschool through teens is the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself. Visit him online at JamesHowe.com.
C. F. Payne has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the New York Times bestselling Mousetronaut by astronaut Mark Kelly, the Texas Bluebonnet winner Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, written by Phil Bildner, and the New York Times bestsellers The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber, both by John Lithgow. He teaches at the Columbus College of Design, where he is the chair of the Illustration Department. Payne lives with his wife and children in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit him online at CFPayne.com.
Gr 4-7-Harold, the dog, has another humorous and slightly scary story to tell after M. T. Graves, the author of the best-selling "FleshCrawlers" series and Pete's favorite author, comes to visit the family. The analytical and paranoid cat, Chester, is certain that Graves will cause something bad to happen to one of the family pets, just like in his creepy books. The author certainly acts odd and melancholy when he arrives with his beloved pet, Edgar Allan Crow, on his shoulder. The entire family joins in to solve the mystery when Bunnicula the bunny disappears, and the results are so surprising that Howie, the puppy, is inspired to start writing books of his own. Patrick Mulvihill narrates all the human and animal characters in Patrick Howe's tale (S & S, 2006) with wonderfully different voices. Fans of the popular "Bunnicula" series will enjoy this charming and sometimes suspenseful story.-Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds, WA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
As a kid, I saw the classic movie Dracula and became instantly afraid of vampires. Many years later, I read the classic children's book Bunnicula. Now -- in addition to vampires -- I am also afraid of bunnies. I hope you're happy, Jim. -- Barbara Park