A rabbit’s love of carrots gets the best of him in Aaron Reynolds’ hilarious mystery Creepy Carrots, a 2013 Caldecott Honor book.
Jasper Rabbit loves carrots, especially the ones he finds in Crackenhopper Field. Since the carrots are free, Jasper helps himself to as many carrots as he wants. He considers himself a very lucky rabbit…until the day the carrots start following him. At first, he thinks he is imagining things, but then he starts seeing the carrots everywhere. Convinced the carrots are coming for him, Jasper hatches a plan to ensure the carrots stay in Crackenhopper Field – permanently.
Reynolds, a 2010 Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Award nominee for Creepy Crawly Crime, has written a story that is suspenseful, but not too scary for young children. The humor in the story comes from the antics of the carrots, which are more playful and mischievous than sinister. Peter Brown’s creative illustrations convey Jasper’s enthusiasm for the carrots and his growing sense of unease when he believes the carrots are following him. The illustrations are in black and white, with the exception of the carrots, which are in full color. This approach is effective because the reader is just as surprised as Jasper when the carrots start to appear.
Parents and teachers looking for a fall or Halloween-themed storytime book may want to consider Creepy Carrots.
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