Creepy Carrots is a fantastic picture book if you’re looking for something slightly creepy and terribly funny.
The story, written by Aaron Reynolds, follows Jasper Rabbit who loves to eat the carrots out of Crackenhopper Field. After a while, the carrots begin to fight back, and Jasper Rabbit is taken on a creepy, yet funny adventure that leads to a surprising twist at the book’s end.
The illustrations, which are some of the best in a picture book I’ve seen, are done by Peter Brown, who also did, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, and are a perfect compliment to the narrative. They bring an old noir feel, as if you’re watching an episode of the Twilight Zone back in the nineteen-fifties. It’s a perfect picture book for this time of year and if your kids are okay with a little bit of creepy and a whole lot of funny, well then, after tucking them in on a chilly October night, this book is a perfect one to read.
You can order Creepy Carrots from a local bookstore here, or go to your public library to check it out.
If you happen to love the book and want to learn more about it, or are just a fan of picture books in general, go to Matthew Winner’s website, Let's Get Busy, and listen to episode #83, where he interviews the author, which, did I mention, won a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots.