(Cybils 2012) Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

I read a number of Cybils nominees again this week, but today I bring you just one. It is unlike any other picture book I’ve read this year!

In a bizarre twist of storytelling, Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown (Simon and Schuster 2012) is a ridiculous story about carrots who trick a bunny in to not eating them. Jasper Rabbit loves to eat the carrots at Crackenhopper Field, but when he starts feeling himself being followed by the creepy carrots, he finds a solution that will keep them there! A perfect spooky-ish story, it’s also ridiculously funny. Raisin loved reading it with me, and walked around for days talking about “creepy carrots” everywhere he pretended to see them. The pictures are mostly monotone, except for those splashes of orange that represent the carrots. A delightful story for kids.

Happy Thanksgiving for my USA friends! I hope your turkeys, pumpkins, and carrots don’t start creeping around after you!

(Cybils 2012) Monsters

In our neighborhood, it is definitely Halloween season: pumpkins, Halloween parties, bags of leaves. In honor of the season, I think it would be appropriate to share some of the “monster” books on the Cybils 2012 nomination list.  Here are three that I’ve enjoyed so far.Continue Reading

Happy Halloween: Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann

Initially, Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann (Roaring Brook, July 2011) left me both incredibly impressed by the gorgeous illustrations and a bit wary of the ghoulish setting for the story. I’ve mentioned before that I am not a fan of Halloween; Bone Dog is a Halloween picture book, complete with a visit to a graveyard and a haunting by skeletons. I’m not sure preschool aged kids need that spookiness. Yet, as a whole, this Halloween book gives a sweet message of friendship beyond the grave for a child dealing with the death of a dog, and the humorous bits lighten the creepiness factor for kids.Continue Reading