night of the living cuddle bunnies book review


Combine a Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies, two curious boys, evil magic, plus weird neighbor, Herb, and you’ll get a funny adventure by Jonathan Rosen



Title:  Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies

  • Jonathan Rosen’s debut novel
  • Sky Pony Press, Aug 10, 2017
  • Middle Grades, ages 9 and up
  • # Pages 268, # Chapters 23
  • Genre: Humorous fantasy/mystery
  • Setting:  Christmas in Gravesend,  a small town somewhere
  • Main Characters:  Devin Dexter, Tommy (his cousin)
  • Secondary Characters:  Devin’s parents, sister Abbey, Herb, Mr. Flopsy Ears
  • Did I read the entire book?  Yes, all 268 pages (enjoyably fast-paced action)
  • Did I enjoy the book? Definitely, very humorous
  • Do I recommend the book?  Yes, of course!


What would you think if you observed a black cauldron and a black cat carried into the new neighbor’s house across the street. Collector? Props? Or could it be a witch has just moved in? Well, no, not exactly…

Twelve year old Devin and his cousin, Tommy, are a curious, adventurous pair who seem to get into trouble often, thanks partly to cousin Tommy’s imagination, (or mostly according to Devin) because of Tommy’s active imagination. And it seems Tommy is going to lead the cousins there again…

But, is it possible Tommy could be right this time? If he is, how do they prove it and what will they do!

From the cover illustration, you can see Devin is in a mall holding a water blaster, surrounded by way too many cuddle bunnies. I’d tell you more, but then that would spoil the creative surprises and humorous dialogue author Jonathan Rosen has gifted us with in his debut novel, Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies.


This is a fun, humorous, fast-moving adventurous mystery children ages 10 – 13 will enjoy. As Devin and Tommy take on the Cuddle Bunnies, the action is easily followed through descriptive dialogue, as if the reader is there with them. The tension and movements are easily experienced with the boys.

I started out planning to read the beginning and the end, and then skim through the middle. But, that didn’t happen…I read the entire 268 pages. And, I enjoyed it!

The themes I came away with are

  • to believe in yourself,
  • trust your instincts,
  • be there for your friends and family
  • …and be kind to your little sister!


  • After reading Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies, I will always be wary of those must have Christmas toys.
  • I’m so glad this didn’t happen to the Cabbage Patch dolls!
  • Do you think there will be a sequel to Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies? I hope so…

Another Middle Grades book of interest: National Geographic Kids Guide to Photography