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Bunnicula by Ms. Twetten

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Judy Twetten

on 22 April 2011

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Bunnicula Book by James and Deborah Howe Bunnicula is a book about two pets who live in the same household. Harold, the dog, is the 'author' of the book. Chester, the cat, and Harold are both intelligent, well-read animals. They live with their human owners, the Monroe family consisting of Mom, Dad and two young boys. Illustrated by Alan Daniel I didn't pay much attention to the illustrations at first. I think they're kind of fuzzy and not very clear. After I'd been reading awhile and enjoying the book a great deal, I decided I liked that the illustrations weren't very distinct. It allowed my imagination to visualize my own picture of the text. And after I would reread some paragraphs, I'd go back and see new parts of the illustrations I hadn't noticed before. We had building to building discussions via Skype, an online video call communication tool. The four Monroes and their two pets have an enviable life. The animals are well-fed, have each other for company, and have a library of interesting books. Chester has a 'taste' for reading about monsters and vampires. Harold just has a 'taste' for delicious pages! The Monroes bring home another pet they happened to find at the movies. Chester views this 'intruder' with fear almost immediately. Easy-going Harold doesn't understand Chester's dislike of the new bunny rabbit. Chester tries to explain his fears based on his many readings about vampires. The ensuing events throughout the book are very humorous. I appreciated the advanced vocabulary. There is advanced word play and language, such as similes, metaphors, figurative language, homophones and many more examples that show sophisticated humor. Teachers opinion I wonder what Bunnicula felt like? What did those poor vegetables feel like as they were being drained? Have I aroused your interest? Good. Try the first book in the Bunnicula series by James and Deborah Howe. You'll love it! Was he afraid? Or was he looking for some things to 'drink' and suck out their juices? Did they feel anything? Were they resigned to their fate? Students will be doing a final book project on Storybird.com or Prezi.com. Several students have chosen to write about selected parts in the story from a different point of view, such as Chester, Bunnicula, or the vegetables. We did decide that it would be funnier if the point of view was not from the human point of view because we already know that. These are some guiding questions for their presentation. I'm a teacher of gifted and talented students and we used Bunnicula for a literacy book group. There was one group of students in each of two buildings that were 30 miles apart.
We used face to face discussions within the school building. We went on Edmodo in order to discuss parts of the book.
http://www.edmodo.com
a social networking site for education settings Edmodo was also invaluable as an organizational tool for messages between buildings.
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