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A 2013 Caldecott Honor Book
Posted August 21, 2012
What is the scariest vegetable of all time? Broccoli? Rutabaga? Black
olives, perhaps? Kids have been debating this question for centuries.
If you asked Jasper Rabbit, however, he would tell you that you’re
barking up the wrong produce aisle. Everyone knows that the scariest
vegetable of all time is any vegetable that follows you home. At least
everyone knows this who has read Creepy Carrots! 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. The
exaggerated camera angles and shadowy drawings contrast nicely with the
soft, cuddly images of Jasper, creating what feels like a
tongue-in-cheek Twilight Zone for kids. Speaking of which, fans of this
book will also want to check out Peter Brown’s Vimeo video, the Creepy
Carrots Zone, which chronicles the old movies and TV shows Brown watched
to nail the right look for Jasper’s tale. Guess what, Peter? It
worked. Not only is this book a blast, but it would make a great read
for parents who want an entertaining excuse to talk about their child’s
fears, greed or even the impact we have on the environment. But for
those who are simply looking for a playful story with cool visuals,
Creepy Carrots! does not disappoint.
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Posted September 12, 2014
Children ages 2 thru 6 and their parents will love this clever, entertaining and easy-to-understand tale, which even has a touch of "good values" thrown in to the mix. Frankly, it's so good, I'm wondering why it didn't WIN the Caldecott.
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Posted December 8, 2014
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