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CREEPY CARROTS! [STARRED REVIEW!]
Author: Reynolds, Aaron
Illustrator: Brown, Peter

Review Issue Date: May 15, 2012
Online Publish Date: April 29, 2012
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Pages: 40
Price (Hardcover ): $16.99
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
ISBN (Hardcover ): 978-1-4424-0297-3
Category: Picture Books

Kids know vegetables can be scary, but rarely are edible roots out to get someone. In this whimsical mock-horror tale, carrots nearly frighten the whiskers off Jasper Rabbit, an interloper at Crackenhopper Field.
Jasper loves carrots, especially those “free for the taking.” He pulls some in the morning, yanks out a few in the afternoon, and comes again at night to rip out more. Reynolds builds delicious suspense with succinct language that allows understatements to be fully exploited in Brown’s hilarious illustrations. The cartoon pictures, executed in pencil and then digitally colored, are in various shades of gray and serve as a perfectly gloomy backdrop for the vegetables’ eerie orange on each page. “Jasper couldn’t get enough carrots … / … until they started following him.” The plot intensifies as Jasper not only begins to hear the veggies nearby, but also begins to see them everywhere. Initially, young readers will wonder if this is all a product of Jasper’s imagination. Was it a few snarling carrots or just some bathing items peeking out from behind the shower curtain? The ending truly satisfies both readers and the book’s characters alike. And a lesson on greed goes down like honey instead of a forkful of spinach.
Serve this superbly designed title to all who relish slightly scary stories.
Kirkus Reviews, *STARRED

"Brown’s panels–bordered in black, drawn in pencil, and digitally composed and colored–cleverly combine the mood of film noir with the low-tech look of early children’s television staging for an aesthetic that is atmospheric, but not overwhelming.... Panels in varying sizes and multiple perspectives keep pace with Reynolds’s tongue-in-cheek narrative.... This age-appropriate horror story takes children’s fears seriously and then offers them an escape through genuine comic relief."--School Library Journal

* "Serve this superbly designed title to all who relish slightly scary stories."--Kirkus Reviews in a STARRED review

REYNOLDS, Aaron. Creepy Carrots! illus. by Peter Brown. 40p. CIP. S & S. Aug. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-0297-3; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5309-8. LC 2010035099.
PreS-Gr 2–Jasper Rabbit’s craving for carrots is insatiable. He raids Crackenhopper Field several times a day, and his manner shows no regard for the vegetables’ feelings. He “pulled,” “yanked,” and “ripped” them out before greedily gorging. Everything changes when he senses that he is being followed. Carrots seem to be “creeping” up on him everywhere he goes. Jasper’s eyes play tricks on him (or do they?), as he sees the veggies’ menacing reflections in the bathroom mirror, silhouettes on the bedroom wall, shapes on the shelves in the shed. Brown’s panels–bordered in black, drawn in pencil, and digitally composed and colored–cleverly combine the mood of film noir with the low-tech look of early children’s television staging for an aesthetic that is atmospheric, but not overwhelming. The scenes are rendered in black, white, and gray–except for the carrots and the objects that stand in for them when Jasper does his double takes: these are all orange. Panels in varying sizes and multiple perspectives keep pace with Reynolds’s tongue-in-cheek narrative as Jasper solves his problem by building a fortress, complete with an alligator-filled moat, around the offending plants. Little does he know that the carrots are cheering on the other side of the fence at the success of their plan to keep the herbivore out. This age-appropriate horror story takes children’s fears seriously and then offers them an escape through genuine comic relief. Contrast this with the equally hilarious moat and bunnies in Candace Fleming’s Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! (Atheneum, 2002).–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
SLJ, July 2012

Creepy Carrots!

By Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown

(SSBFYR; ISBN 9781442402973; August 2012)

In a spot-on parody of a paranoid thriller, a hungry bunny senses “creepy carrots” watching his every move. Jasper Rabbit doesn’t think twice about plundering the carrots of Crackenhopper Field “until they started following him.” Jasper glimpses three jack-o-lantern–jawed carrots behind him in the bathroom mirror (when he turns around it’s just a washcloth, shampoo bottle, and rubber duck—or is it?), and he yells for his parents when a carrot shadow looms on his bedroom wall. Reynolds (Snowbots) makes liberal use of ellipses for suspense, conjuring the “soft... sinister... tunktunktunk of carrots creeping.” Brown (Children Make Terrible Pets) illustrates in noirish grayscale with squash-orange highlights and dramatic lighting, framing each panel in shiny black for a claustrophobic film-still effect that cements the story’s horror movie feel. Jasper’s grin grows maniacal as he constructs a fortress and moat to contain the offending carrot patch, giving the carrots a happy ending in this Hitchcock spoof (Brown even sneaks in a sly Vertigo reference). Watch out, vegetarians—these carrots have bite! Ages 4–8.

--Publishers Weekly, June 25, 2012, *STAR

* "A spot-on parody of a paranoid thriller...."--Publishers Weekly in a starred review

Creepy Carrots!.
Reynolds, Aaron (Author) , Brown, Peter (Illustrator)
Aug 2012. 40 p. Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $16.99. (9781442402973).

Playing on the something-is-stalking-me-but-when-I-turn-around-nothing-is-there fears that have fueled
countless scary movies, this goose-pimpler introduces a young bunny named Jasper who “couldn’t get
enough carrots . . . until they started following him.” Tired of heart-racing, sleepless nights, Jasper
concocts a master plan and builds an alligator-filled moat and sky-high fence around Crackenhopper Field to keep those nasty carrots at bay. Turns out, their plan to keep that nasty rabbit from eating their carrot buddies has a similarly happy ending. Brown’s charcoally black artwork is highlighted by deep oranges and delivers on the lighthearted thrills of Reynolds’ fright-night story.

— Booklist, September 1, 2012

A New York Times bestseller (The New York Times)

  A New York Times bestseller (The New York Times)

About the Author

Aaron Reynolds is the New York Times bestselling author of many highly acclaimed books for kids, including Here Comes Destructosaurus!Carnivores, and the Caldecott Honor–winning book Creepy Carrots!. He regularly makes time to visit schools where his hilarious hands-on presentations keep kids spellbound. Aaron lives in Chicago with his wife, two kids, four cats, and anywhere between zero and ten goldfish, depending on the day. Visit Aaron at Aaron-Reynolds.com.

Peter Brown is the author of Children Make Terrible Pets and the critically acclaimed artist of Chowder, Flight of the Dodo, and Creepy Crayon!. He is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Peter at PeterBrownStudio.com.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B007OVCQP0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (August 21, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 21, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 8756 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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