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Creepy Carrots! Hardcover – August 21, 2012
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* "Serve this superbly designed title to all who relish slightly scary stories."--Kirkus Reviews in a STARRED review
* "A spot-on parody of a paranoid thriller...."--Publishers Weekly in a starred review
A New York Times bestseller (The New York Times)
Top Customer Reviews
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. No, that's not completely true. Knowing who the illustrator was and seeing the adorable illustration on the cover, I had high hopes. I wasn't disappointed at all. The story was just as awesome as the illustrations. The ending made me chuckle while still teaching kids a lesson. Greed isn't good. Jasper was greedy, and the carrots came after him. Don't worry parents, they didn't attack him or anything scary. The ending was actually really funny.
Speaking of scary, I thought this book seemed scary for a picture book. At first, that made me wonder if it was really worthy of 5 stars. My first thought when reviewing books is to see if I can read it aloud in storytime. Books that don't seem even slightly scary to me have scared small children. I could see children who are easily frightened absolutely hating this book. The thing is, the illustrations on the cover and the fact that the word "creepy" is in the title makes it pretty obvious that the book is scary. I will not be reading it in storytime for any children under the age of 6, but that doesn't mean it is a bad story. Any child who likes scary stories, or at least isn't afraid of them, will love this book. If I had a child who was easily scared, I would be able to tell that this book isn't for him.
The illustrations fit the tone of this book perfectly. I love the way each page has just a touch of orange, either as the carrots or as the objects that Jasper might have thought WERE the carrots. It helps paint the story and keep the kids (and adults) guessing to see if Jasper really IS seeing carrots or just imagining them. Overall, this picture book is definitely a winner.
At least everyone knows this who has read Creepy Carrots!, a brilliant new picture book by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown.
Creepy Carrots! chronicles the harrowing journey of Jasper Rabbit, a young bunny whose greed for carrots proves to be his own undoing. Jasper loves carrots. He can't get enough of them, especially the ones from Crackenhopper field. But one day, as Jasper is about to help himself to another snack, he hears it - "The soft . . . sinister . . . tunktunktunk of carrots creeping."
From there it goes from bad to worse. Paranoid Jasper sees the creeping carrots everywhere: in his bathtub, in the garden shed and even in his bedroom at night. Or does he? Every time a grown up enters the picture it seems that Jasper is just suffering from an overactive imagination. There's nothing to be worried about or so it seems.
Is Jasper crazy or are the vegetables really out to get him? That is the sheer joy of reading Creepy Carrots! It keeps you guessing until the very satisfying end.
Reynolds' tight text coupled with Brown's ominous black and white (and orange) drawings strike the perfect almost spooky tone for 4-8 year olds. It's sure to entertain any kids who love a little moody mystery in their picture books.
Brown's illustrations of the carrots are certainly creepy, but probably not genuinely scary except to the most sensitive of younger kids.Read more ›
The story by Aaron Reynolds is enhanced by the illustrations by Peter Brown. Brown's pictues are in stark blacks with bright oranges. The revelations of what Jasper believes to be creepy carrots as ordinary household items are among some of the best illustrations. The twist of an ending makes this a truly enjoyable, quirky little mystery of sorts. Perhaps not for young, young children, but any child with a unique sense of humor will appreciate the creepiness of these carrots. Perhaps especially the ones who don't like to eat their vegetables.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Is there any way to return? My daughters managed to accidentally order on kindle and certainly didn't mean to buy it. I don't see any options for contacting sender.Published 21 hours ago by Brynne Smith
I've got to give 5 stars to a book my daughter has asked me to read to her at least 50 times now. It started around Halloween, as we looked for a scary or Halloween related kids... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Kiltor Campbell
We adore this book! My son has asked to read it every single night since we purchased it. Definitely an instant favorite!!!!Published 29 days ago by E. Rand
This book is one of our family favorites. It's got a fun B movie feel. Fun to read and the kids love it.Published 2 months ago by Sarah
My little readers really enjoyed this story. We highly recommend this to your young ones. The carrots had a plan all along.Published 3 months ago by tlm220
Great book! I had the chance meet Peter Brown at the SC State Museum and here him talk about the illustrations. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Caroline Beasley
This book is perfect for discussing how a characters' feelings influenced his actions. I use it in writing with my first graders.Published 4 months ago by christina nicole dunphy
loved the illustartions, the book not so much- poor storylinePublished 4 months ago by K. M. Winick-Ford
My daughter absolutely loves this book! She was checking it out from the school library almost every time her class went. I thought it was time to let someone borrow it from there.Published 4 months ago by A. Stephan