Sometimes as a book reviewer you agree with a book when it receives an award such as a Caldecott Honor and sometimes you don’t. That is the case with the book Creepy Carrots! written by Arron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown.
Unfortunately, for me I can’t recommend that this is a great or wonderful book for children between the ages of four through eight who may find this book too scary.
After all, let’s face it, moms have a hard time getting their kids to eat their veggies, and after hearing about this book children may get creeped out by this dark, sinister children’s book where they may never eat another vegetable again. Ever.
It starts off with Jasper Rabbit being happy in Crackenhopper Field however the illustrations by Peter Brown don’t complement the text making it very dark. There’s also an illustration of Jasper, which he is supposed to be hopping but the illustration appears as if he’s running. The illustrations of the carrots appear angry and evil. And the pictures of the tombstone are they really necessary?
Jasper loves his carrots but he either thinks or imagines the carrots to be following him, and he decides to run away from them. But everywhere he goes he thinks he sees them but nothing is ever there. It could be a dream or a bad nightmare for Jasper. Eventually, he decides to hatch a plan by building a fence around the carrot patch, which the carrots cannot escape from, but neither does Jasper have access to the carrots anymore. It makes you ask who is the clever one here Jasper or the carrots?
Creepy Carrots! is disturbing, evil and sinister and should come with a parental warning instead of a Caldecott Honor and possibly about a rabbit with a mental illness.
For more information regarding the author Aaron Reynolds, please visit his website http://www.aaron-reynolds.com for more information.
For more information regarding the illustrator Peter Brown, please visit his website at http://www.peterbrownstudio.com for more information.
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