I picked up Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds and pictures by Peter Brown from the library this past week. Creepy Carrots! is a Caldecott Honor book this year. The Caldecott award is for the best pictures in a children's book; therefore, I was sure to include the illustrators name up above. Sometimes I read Caldecott Honor books and the pictures are great, but the story isn't as fabulous. However, this book was different. The pictures and the illustrations worked together seamlessly to tell the story in a creepy but funny sort of way. It is a great book. You'll love it!
For picture books I'm going to go ahead and give it 5 stars; it earned all five of those stars. It has a great story line, it's relatable, not completely predictable, and the pictures add to the experience and mood of the story. As far as who would enjoy this book I would say Creepy Carrots! is a great read for Kindergarten through 4th grade. Teachers in the upper elementary grades could easily use this book in lessons depicting mood as well as descriptive writing. Plus, adults will find this book enjoyable to read to their kids.
Amazon had the following book description for Creepy Carrots!:
"In this Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch as a rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get him.
Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially Crackenhopper Field carrots.
He eats them on the way to school.
He eats them going to Little League.
He eats them walking home.
Until the day the carrots start following him...or are they?
Celebrated artist Peter Brown’s stylish illustrations pair perfectly with Aaron Reynold’s text in this hilarious picture book that shows it’s all fun and games…until you get too greedy."
Creepy Carrots! is a little creepy, but it's a lot of fun. The pictures are fabulous, the story is unique and fun, and all ages will find this book an enjoyable read.