I hate carrots, more than the taste though, I hate the sound of my husband taking a full carrot out of the fridge and eating it whole. The sound drives me nuts (which I’m positive is why he continues to eat it in such a fashion). So when Creepy Carrots! came out I was so excited to have my thoughts on carrots put into a perfectly awesome picture book. Plus it allows me shout “creepy carrots!” whenever he’s eating them.
Jasper Rabbit is your average rabbit. The guy can’t stop eating carrots, and if he can pick a few from crackenhopper field each day, who cares, he loves carrots! But then things start to get weird. Jasper starts hearing noises….and seeing things, and swears he’s being followed……….tunktunktunk. Is Jasper eating carrots….or are the carrots getting ready to eat him?!
Aaron Reynolds has written a superb read aloud book, that allows the reader to slowly build up suspense through out the story, and with a twist ending that deserves a bit of a maniacal laugh when you read it. Illustrator Aaron Reynolds, who wrote and illustrated Children make terrible pets and You will be my friend has created beautiful artwork in black and orange that draws your eye to what Jasper may or may not be seeing throughout the book, and the shadowing creates the perfect, creepy vibe for the reader. Winning him a well earned Caldecott Honor for 2013.