(1946- ) US writer of children's books. His first story, Bunnicula – A Rabbit Tale of Mystery (1979), born of his love of Vampire Movies and the Marx Brothers, was co-written with his wife Deborah Howe (1946-1978), and features a vampire rabbit who sleeps all day and wakes at night to suck the juices out of helpless vegetables. An instant bestseller, it was made into a tv special. Further tales in the Bunnicula series include Howliday Inn (1982), The Celery Stalks at Midnight (1983), Nighty-Nightmare (1987) and Return to Howliday Inn (1992). He started a picture book series for younger children featuring the vampire rabbit, the dog narrator Harold, the cat Chester and other characters from Bunnicula, starting with The Fright Before Christmas (1988 chap), Scared Silly: A Halloween Treat (1989 chap), Hot Fudge (1990 chap), Creepy-Crawly Birthday (1991 chap), Rabbit-Cadabra! (1993 chap) and Bunnicula Escapes! – A Pop-Up Adventure (graph 1994).
JH's books have won too many awards in the field of children's literature for these to be listed here. [JF]
other works: Teddy Bear's Scrapbook (1980) with Deborah Howe; The Hospital Book (1981; rev 1994) nonfiction; A Night without Stars (1983); The Day the Teacher Went Bananas (1984); Morgan's Zoo (1984); What Eric Knew (1985); Stage Fright (1985); Eat Your Poison, Dear (1986); There's a Monster Under My Bed (1986); When You Go To Kindergarten (1986; rev 1994); Babes in Toyland * (1986), based on the 1903 operetta by Victor Herbert and Glen McDonough; I Wish I Were a Butterfly (1987); The Secret Garden * (1987), adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett classic; Carol Burnett: The Sound of Laughter (1987); Dew Drop Dead (1990); Pinky and Rex (1990); Pinky and Rex Get Married (1990); Pinky and Rex and the Spelling Bee (1991); Pinky and Rex and the Mean Old Witch (1991); Dances With Wolves * (1991) tied to the movie; Pinky and Rex Go to Camp (1992); Pinky and Rex and the New Baby (1993); There's a Dragon in my Sleeping Bag (1994); Playing With Words (1994); Pinky and Rex and the Double-Dad Weekend (1995); The New Nick Kramer, or My Life as a Babysitter (1995); Pinky and Rex and the Bully (1996).
James Donald Howe