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 to not eat 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!
Caldecott Honor 2013