Bunnicula Made Me Smarter

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James and Deborah Howe's Bunnicula is a one of those series from my childhood that I still love. I was recently horrified to find out that one of my friends, who has two small children, had never heard of it. While many readers can point to Dracula or Anne Rice as what put them on the path of vampire-obsession, for me it was all about Bunnicula. Who doesn't like a cute bunny with a dark and sinister side? Like Emlyn Chand I believe the best vampire has a cotton tail but her love of Bunnicula goes one step further -- Bunnicula made her smart.

Bunnicula made me smart. Seriously, it did.

bunniculaYes, I’m raising serious nature vs. nurture questions here, but the authors Howe & Howe really deserve some credit. They didn’t dumb down their vocabulary to appeal to children, no. They let the big words and the references to classic literary works fly. The authors didn’t say, “Hey, wait a sec here. How are kids supposed to know about Dracula, or Treasure Island, or A Tale of Two Cities?” They said, “Hey, kids probably won’t know about these great books, but maybe after reading Bunnicula, they’ll search them out.”

I really respect that about Bunnicula, and frankly, I don’t even remember the huge words being a problem when I was reading it as a kid.

Read more from I’m in love with a vampire; he has a cotton tail at Emlyn's Journal

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