Picture book review : Creepy carrots! By: Aaron Reynolds, Illustrated by: Peter Brown



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.





Review – On a beam of light : a story of Albert Einstein By: Jennifer Berne. c2013.


Picture book biographies are becoming outstandingly wonderful.  One of the most recent, “On a beam of light : a story of Albert Einstein” is a spring favorite.  It’s simple language and brilliant pen and ink drawings appeal to people of all ages.

One of the most enjoyable things about this biography is as much as the author discusses what a genius Einstein was, she spends equally as much time talking about Einstein as a person, allowing the reader to relate to him as a human being first and foremost.

“Albert even chose his clothes for thinking.  His favorite were his comfy, old saggy-baggy sweaters and pants.  And shoes without socks.  He said now that he was a grown up, no one could tell him to put on his socks.”

The book follows Einstein from his early years as a child, through to the end of his life and his many scientific discoveries.  More than that though, it allows you to dream, to imagine, to explore. Anything is possible.

“Albert thought and figured until the very last minute of the very last day of his life.  He asked questions never asked before.  Found answers never found before, and dreamed up ideas never dreamt before”

Age 6 and up.