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Hot fudge
Howe, James, 1946-
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New York : Morrow Junior Books, 1990.
The Monroe family tests Harold the dog's willpower when they leave him alone with a pan of fudge.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 81399.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 2 Quiz: 20008 Guided reading level: N.
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The Monroe family tests Harold the dog's willpower when they leave him alone with a pan of fudge.

Author Notes

James Howe was born in Oneida, New York on August 2, 1946. He attended Boston University and majored in theater. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as a literary agent. His first book, Bunnicula, was published in 1979. It won several awards including the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award and the Nene Award. He is the author of more than 90 books for young readers including the Bunnicula series, the Bunnicula and Friends series, the Tales from the House of Bunnicula series, Pinky and Rex series, and the Sebastian Barth Mystery series. His other works include The Hospital Book , A Night Without Stars, Dew Drop Dead, The Watcher, The Misfits, Totally Joe, Addie on the Inside, and Also Known As Elvis.

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Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. It's the gang of three from the Bunnicula series--dogs Harold and Howie and Chester the cat--returning in a new picture-book caper with a chocolate theme. The Monroe family has made fudge, then inexplicably departed, leaving Harold and friends with the choice of guarding or eating the candy. Duty triumphs after Chester learns of a string of local daytime robberies. When the fudge turns an ominous white and then disappears, the three friends track down the culprit. In keeping with the picture-book format, Howe provides simpler action and more restrained punning than in his series for older readers. There is still plenty of sass, however, and children are sure to sympathize with Harold's chocolate obsession. Morrill's illustrations expressively convey the characters' reactions and feature yummy brown and honey tones. Fans of the earlier books as well as chocolate lovers will find this appealing. A recipe for fudge is included at the book's end. ~--Leone McDermo

Publisher's Weekly Review

Harold, Chester, Howie and Bunnicula, the menagerie who debuted in Bunnicula , return in a mouth-watering caper. Mr. Monroe is making his famous fudge (recipe included). Of course Harold and Howie (both pooches) try their best to mooch a mouthful or two, but the fudge is strictly for the library bake sale. Then the Monroes rush off in such haste that they forget the fudge. Withstanding temptation, the animals stalwartly guard the treasure from the mysterious burglar who's been haunting the neighborhood. But while they fall asleep on the job the fudge disappears. Howe's whodunit, replete with surprise resolution, and Morrill's dashing watercolor illustrations will thoroughly beguile young readers. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-- Harold and Chester are back in another picture-book adventure--a mouth-watering treat for chocolate-loving Bunnicula (Atheneum, 1979) fans. Hot Fudge, in this case, refers to the pilfered variety, and, when a plate of the rich, brown, gooey stuff appears to have turned white, the vampire bunny is the prime suspect. These abbreviated adventures of the Monroe family pets can't hold a candle to their full-length predecessors. Still, Harold's breezy narrative has the same ingenuous charm, nicely tempered, as always, by Chester's arrogant pragmatism. And, if Morrill's watercolors seem a bit innocuous, his animal characters do have spirit and are more than equal to the task. Salivating fudge fanciers will welcome ``Mr. Monroe's Famous Fudge'' recipe, complete with admonishments against sharing the treat with their pets. --Marcia Hupp, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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