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Reviewer: Karen Gockley, elementary school librarian at International School of Beijing
Book: Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and pictures by Peter Brown
Category: Younger Readers (EC 3-Grade 2)
Gockley writes: "Jasper Rabbit loves carrots! On his way home from all his activities he stops at Crackenhopper Field and helps himself to the plentiful carrots that grow there. The carrots become tired of Jasper’s assault on the patch and hatch a clever plot to scare Jasper away. The wonderful illustrations and multi-sized words have impact on the reader visually and emotionally. Jasper thinks the carrots are stalking him and the reader wonders, “Are the carrots stalking him or is it Jasper’s imagination?” The ending of the book is exceedingly funny (don’t overlook the crocodiles in the moat!) and will make children laugh.
Creepy Carrots is a perfect book for early readers to grade 3 at Halloween! From its orange and sepia illustrations to the carrots stalking a small but greedy rabbit, the book charms the reader. Child tested, the book garnered giggles and recommendations and is a surefire book to read to your children."
Overview: 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.
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