Sunday, August 23, 2009

Howling Good Fun

I love puns. I'm not very good at making them, but I like hearing them and reading them. James Howe also likes them; there is no pun too lame. That's why I enjoy his Bunnicula books, about the dogs and cat and their friend the vampire bunny. But sometimes the pets head off to a kennel, for more punny adventures. Return to Howliday Inn is one of these, with very little of Bunnicula but a chance for new animals and a variety of plots. Everything is played for jokes, and even though I spotted the mystery early, I didn't come up with the exact solution. I liked Chester's hysteria and Harold's more phlegmatic way of panicking. I'm going to try to interest my eight year old in there; I think he'll like the broad humor. B.

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