In this Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch as a rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get him.
Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially Crackenhopper Field carrots.
He eats them on the way to school.
He eats them going to Little League.
He eats them walking home.
Until the day the carrots start following him...or are they?
Celebrated artist Peter Brown’s stylish illustrations pair perfectly with Aaron Reynold’s text in this hilarious picture book that shows it’s all fun and games…until you get too greedy.
About the Author
Aaron Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author and has written many highly acclaimed books for kids, including Here Comes Destructosaurus!, Carnivores, and the Caldecott Honor–winning book Creepy Carrots! He regularly makes time to visit schools where his hilarious hands-on presentations keep kids spellbound. Aaron lives in Chicago with his wife, two kids, four cats, and anywhere between zero and ten goldfish, depending on the day. Visit Aaron at Aaron-Reynolds.com.
Peter Brown is the author of Children Make Terrible Pets and the critically acclaimed artist of Chowder and Flight of the Dodo. He is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasedena, California. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Peter at PeterBrownStudio.com.
What People are Saying About This
"Brown’s panels–bordered in black, drawn in pencil, and digitally composed and colored–cleverly combine the mood of film noir with the low-tech look of early children’s television staging for an aesthetic that is atmospheric, but not overwhelming.... Panels in varying sizes and multiple perspectives keep pace with Reynolds’s tongue-in-cheek narrative.... This age-appropriate horror story takes children’s fears seriously and then offers them an escape through genuine comic relief."School Library Journal
* "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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Jasper Rabbit loves carrots. He eats them on the way to school. He eats them going to Little League. He eats them going home. Jasper especially loves the free carrots he can grab from Crackenhopper Field any time he wants. At least he does until those creepy carrots start to follow him around. No one else sees what Jasper sees. But that doesn't mean he's wrong in Creepy Carrots (2012) by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown. Reynolds' concise writing keeps up the tension as Jasper gets more and more creeped out by those carrots. Readers will be kept on their toes until the (maybe) surprising ending. Brown's illustrations, done in black and white with shots of orange for the carrots, add an eerie quality to this already spooky story. A light touch from both author and illustrator guarantee that this story will be fun for readers of all ages without being too scary. A perfect choice to read around Halloween--or anytime you're in the mood for a little scare and a lot of humor. Possible Pairings: The Spider and the Fly by Tony DiTerrlizzi, The Monsters' Monster by Patrick McDonnell
My kids absolutely love this book! I think I read it to them 6 time the day I bought the book.