Saturday, April 27, 2013
Reader's Diary #993- James Howe: The Celery Stalks at Midnight
In The Celery Stalks at Midnight, Chester revisits the folklore and learns about vampires that enlist their victims to do their evil bidding. While Bunnicula himself has yet to claim a victim of the non-vegetable variety, Chester begins to fear that those vegetables in turn might attack. He convinces Harold and Howie (a dachshund puppy added in the last book) to help him round up all the white veggies (whose juice Bunnicula has sucked dry) and spear them through their "hearts" with toothpicks (in place of proper stakes).
I love that Howe doesn't dumb down the books. While still very much aimed at a younger audience, he still makes references to people like Thoreau. He uses words like enterprise and palpitations. Would a child understand all of it? Probably not, but there's enough humour and action between to definitely keep them interested, and if they happen to learn something along the way, great. (But not necessary!)
Next up: Nighty Nightmare.