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Creepy Carrots! (edition 2012)

by Aaron Reynolds, Peter Brown (Illustrator), Aaron Reynolds (Author)

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Title:Creepy Carrots!
Authors:Aaron Reynolds
Other authors:Peter Brown (Illustrator), Aaron Reynolds (Author)
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Collections:Fantasy, Published After 2000, Picture Book
Rating:****
Tags:rabbit, carrots, defense, psychological thriller, reverse psychology, haunting, twilight zone

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A fun book to read aloud around Halloween time. This animal fantasy book gives students a good laugh when Jasper Rabbit thinks that his favorite carrots are stalking him. ( )
  dtolton93 | Oct 4, 2014 |
An awesome picture book, the illustrator utilizes illustrations and graphics to convey a spooky old movie feel as the author tells a not-so-scary story about creepy carrots. The narrative features Jasper rabbit and his love of carrots in Crackenhopper Field. He stops at the carrot patch multiple times a day to grab himself a carroty snack. One day, however, he thinks the carrots are following him home. Before he knows it, Jasper starts to see carrots everywhere. They are in his bathroom, his bedroom, his shed ... and always staring at him with threatening expressions. He tries to tell his parents about the creepy carrots, but every time he calls them, the carrots disappear. Finally, Jasper hatches a plan. The only way to make sure the creepy carrots never bother him again is to seal them in. He digs a moat, chops down wood, makes a fence, adds a few crocodiles, and walks away in relief, knowing that those carrots are locked up for good. The story ends, though, with a clever twist, showing us the whole situation from the carrots' perspective.

The illustrations are mostly black and white, with the only color being the orange that peppers the pages. The pictures have liberal shading and shadows, looming shapes, and sharp dark lines. The faces are simple and scary, but a cartoony scary. The orange is bold against the dark background, and emphasizes the importance and the menace of the carrots. The cumulative effect is a dark world, old-fashioned and unsettling. Think along the lines of Frankenweenie. Truly, the art in the book carries the story just as much as the text, and makes this book a complete package of goodness.

I loved this picture book. It creates an atmosphere of old-school horror, spooky but not really scary, perfect for young readers. I'm a fan of stories that combine a dark atmosphere with cute characters, a threatening backdrop with a sweet story, as occurs in this book. Also, it's a fun take on the horror genre, bringing in a lot of elements from scary movies but subverting them, such as the carrots popping up out of nowhere, but then being just ordinary objects on a second glance, or the scary shadows stretching across his bedroom, or the ominous sound effects. However, in this story, the monsters are just carrots. A completely nonthreatening vegetable, causing panic for a little rabbit. Ah, irony. The book is hilarious, with all the chilling accouterments of a scary story but none of the real scare. It has already become a new favorite for my daughters and me. ( )
  nmhale | Oct 1, 2014 |
This is a great picture book that will satisfy little readers who are looking for a "scary story." Jasper the rabbit loves nothing more than eating carrots, until....they start stalking him! Or is it just his imagination? All of us can relate to seeing shapes in the dark that turn out to be less-than-scary in the light.

The illustrations of Peter Brown are the perfect accompaniment to Aaron Reynolds' story. The images are a combination of gray and black shading, combined with a splash of orange to highlight certain objects. Together, Brown and Reynolds have created a story with just enough spooky to delight young children without making them too scared to sleep at night! ( )
  stephanie.croaning | Sep 28, 2014 |
I absolutely loved this book because I thought the story was incredibly humorous and engaging. The first reason that I liked this book was because of the plot. Jasper Rabbit loved carrots from Crackenhopper Field. Jasper would eat them all the time. Jasper began to think that he was being followed by creeping carrots, but quickly thought it was just his imagination. Throughout the story Jasper experiences conflict, were carrots really following him or weren’t they? I loved the pace of the story and how the author led up to the carrots actually following Jasper. The story was also suspenseful due to not knowing if it was Jasper’s imagination or were carrots really following him? I just thought the story was incredible. The second reason why I loved the book was because of the illustrations. The expressions of Jasper and the creepy carrots really were appropriate to the mood of the story. It was evident to see what emotions the characters were experiencing. For example, when Jasper saw the carrots in his bathtub his mouth was wide open, eyebrows raised, and had fear in his eyes. Also throughout the story when the carrots would follow Jasper, you could see how upset and angry they were because they did not want him to keep picking carrots. The illustrations without a doubt enhanced the story. The main message of the book was that you should not take things that are not yours unless you ask. ( )
  Germuth | Sep 26, 2014 |
I think that this book is one that would be very enjoyable for young readers, particularly in October when it's halloween time when there is an emphasis on the spooky and the scary. I enjoyed how the book makes light of the rabbit's fear that he is being followed while also maintaining the gravity of the situation for the rabbit. ( )
  Andymcclellan_93 | Sep 18, 2014 |
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The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.

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