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Creepy Carrots!

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The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch in this clever picture book parable about a rabbit who 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?

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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Betsy
A children's librarian is half media specialist, half psychic. It isn't enough to have to know the books in your collection. You have to know what that pint-sized patron standing before you REALLY wants when they say they want "a scary book". For a while there I had this very persistent three-year-old who would beg me for scary fare and wait as I dutifully pulled picture book after picture book for him. After a while I'd begin to wonder what would happen if I actually gave him what he said he wa ...more
Alex Baugh
Creepy Carrots by Arron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
I am a person who has always avoided carrots. Not because I didn't like them, but because they are orange. I refused to eat orange food as a kid and it just became a habit. Recently I have started to eat carrots and actually enjoy them. But not as much as Jasper Rabbit in Creepy Carrots. Japser loves carrots so much that everything he passes through Crackenhpper Field he helps himself to carrots - big fat, crisp, free for the taking ca
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Laima
I read this library book to little 5 year old Abby. I thought it was hilarious but she didn't like it. Some of the ideas were way beyond a young child's level of knowledge and the creepy carrots kind of creeped her out. I don't know, perhaps this may be a book better suited for young boys or girls who like scary stories.
Jacqueline
This was a huge hit at storytime. The kids were riveted and even talked about it for a couple of weeks afterwards. This was a little bit scary and pretty funny. The images were vivid and easy to understand and fi the story very well. There was a great twist at the end that had everyone laughing.
Jason Byerly
Creepy Carrots! are a tasty treat

What is the scariest vegetable of all time? Broccoli? Rutabaga? Black olives, perhaps? Kids have been debating this question for centuries. If you asked Jasper Rabbit, however, he would tell you that you’re barking up the wrong produce aisle. Everyone knows that the scariest vegetable of all time is any vegetable that follows you home.

At least everyone knows this who has read Creepy Carrots!, a brilliant new picture book by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown.

Creep
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Dolly
Oct 10, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun, not-too-scary book for children. Jasper Rabbit sees creepy carrots everywhere he goes. Or does he? Is his imagination just running wild?

The narrative is slightly creepy, as Jasper goes through the tale in almost constantly fearful state. And the ending is quite humorous, although I thought it had a bit of a Twilight Zone kind of feel. The illustrations are very dramatic, black and white with bold orange colors on the carrots and the objects Jasper perceived as carrots.

Based on a
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Robin
Update: read this to kids during storytimes this week and it's a lot of fun! Not only for kids but their grown-ups appreciate it even more! One of the very fun parts of attending Book Expo America is getting books signed by authors. Since I adore children's books (good thing since I work in youth services at my library!) I kept an eye on the lines forming for picture book authors or illustrators. In this case I waited behind a half dozen folks for the illustrator of this neat little story. (Hope ...more
midnightfaerie
What a great book for Halloween! My whole family loved this one. My younger ones as well as my older son all enjoyed it. A top holiday book listed at the library I put a hold on it and just now got around to reading it. So glad I did. One of the preschoolers who likes books the least spent a good half an hour looking at this book after I got done reading it. I think the idea of scary carrots was really novel for them. highly recommended!
Jenna-Lynne Duncan
I met the illustrator at BEA where I received a signed ARC. Super nice guy and cute story! The kids loved it and ate carrots while reading. Perfect for Halloween!
Margaux
I love that this book is all in greyscale except for the orange sketchiness of the carrots creeping behind Jasper Rabbit. His carrot habit has made him paranoid; now he thinks the carrots are out for revenge no matter what his parents say. He knows they're out to get him. In the end, Jasper decides to build a fence around the field where his delicious carrots are growing just to make sure they don't come get him, but little does he know they're hoping this will happen so Jasper won't eat them an ...more
Last Ranger

Late Night Snacks.

Imagination can be a good thing, it can lead to all sorts new ideas. Too much imagination however, can lead to all sorts of problems. Jasper Rabbit is a smart, active rabbit-kid, he goes to school, plays Little League and eats carrots--lots of carrots. When Jasper found a patch of wild carrots he thought he was in snack Heaven. Only problem is, the carrots didn't see it that way. In this fun, mysterious, story kids who like something just a little scary should get enough chill
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Sally Kruger
Carrots! Carrots! Carrots! That's all Jasper Rabbit thinks about.

He knows the fattest, juiciest carrots are in Crackenhopper Field so he goes there as often as he can. He stops there on the way to school and on the way home. However, one day he suspects the carrots are following him. He thinks he sees them and he knows he hears them, but every time he turns around those creepy carrots are gone.

When Jasper starts seeing them in the shed, in the bathroom, and in his room at night, his parents try
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Jane Lai
"Creepy Carrots!" is a funny book about a rabbit who is obsessed with eating carrots from a particular field. These carrots decide to save themselves and take matters into their own hands by haunting the rabbit. They follow him around everywhere but you do not know if the carrots are real or if the rabbit is merely imagining them there! I would definitely recommend this book to children who enjoy a little silliness and suspense. I read this to a boy I tutored and he loved it a lot.

In this text,
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Ying Lee
Children (or adults)who like or dislike eating carrots will find this book amusing! Jasper Rabbit loves carrots so much that he visits Crackenhopper Field so often to get fat, crispy, and free carrots. Everything is getting creepy as Jasper begins to notice creeping carrosts following him and see creeping carrots everywhere. While Jasper finds a solution to stop the stalking carrots by building a high fence to enclose the carrots of the Crackenhoper Field, those carrots feel pleased about not ha ...more
M J
Could carrots creep around the corner? In this 2013 Caldecott Honor Book the reader is led into the mind of a rabbit consumed by the thought of monstrous carrots. However, these are not ordinary carrots. These are the type of carrots that hide as orange toys, flowers, and tools. At least that is what young Jasper thinks. His parents on the other hand can not see the carrots lurking around the corner. Mom tells him that, “there’s no such thing as creepy carrots.” Dad shakes his head and explains ...more
Cindy
It's CCBA time! For non-Coloradoans, this means that we are coming up on the time to vote for our favorite nominees for the Colorado Children's Book Award winner for 2014. I discovered this a couple of years ago as I began my new chapter as an elementary school librarian. I read the 10 picture-book nominees with all my students, they vote on their favorite, and we submit them to the CCBA powers-that-be so their votes can help to choose this year's winner.

So much for back-story. The favorite book
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Sarah
I thought maybe this book would be a little too much for my 2-year-old but he LOVES it, and I find the whole thing pretty charming too. Jasper Rabbit loves to eat carrots, but what happens when the carrots are tired of being eaten? Deceptively simple illustrations accompany the delightful text that's probably perfect for Halloween (but really is good any time of year).
Joan
I loved this one! Of course just the title reminds me of Bunnicula who feasts on sucking carrots dry. This falls into the "scary but likely not too scary" category for young kids. Similar to Where the wild things are by Sendak, all the Carrots have fun expressions on their "faces" that show the kid that these are not really scary creatures. I love how the kid keeps trying to convince himself he can't really be followed by carrots. He never quite convinces himself. He finally hits a solution that ...more
Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
Creepy carrots! / Aaron Reynolds. Peter Brown (ill.). / 2012.

Genre: Fiction.

Format: Picturebook - print.

Plot summary:
"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" (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
vegetables, rabbits, fear, greed

Review citation:
"Brown’s c
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Carolina
This is a child friendly version of a “scary book”. Jasper Rabbit adores carrots from the Crackenhopper field because they are fat, crispy and FREE. He frequently pulls them from the Crackenhopper field, until one day he feels that the carrots start to follow him. He starts to see them everywhere. In desperation, he thinks of a plan to save him… or perhaps the “creepy carrots”.

Young children ages 2 to 100 will definitely love this book. The illustrations are in black, white and orange (for the
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The Flooze
Stunning illustrations and a compelling creepycute story make this a winner. I adore the grey graphics with the pop of orange. Kids should enjoy the characters' facial expressions as well as the surprise actions of the angry little carrots.

Probably not the thing to read if you want them to actually eat their carrots, though...
Barbara
This is a delicious picture book into which young readers will enjoy sinking their teeth. Young Jasper Rabbit loves plundering the carrot patch the grows in Crackenhopper Field. As his fondness for the orange veggies seems to become out of control, something strange starts to happen. The carrots follow him, and he sees carrots everywhere, even his bedroom. The solution to his carrot haunting has a surprising twist, which adds enormously to the delights of reading this picture book. The pencil on ...more
Amy
Good, non-scary "scary" book that is lots of fun to read. You can almost hear the Alfred Hitchcock creepy movie/Psycho music playing as Jasper is psychologically tormented by some creepy carrots. The black and white illustrations hearken back to the old b & w Hitchcock thrillers, and the sinister splashes of carrot orange on each page enhance the suspense.

My niece and I particularly liked Creepy Carrots, and she was cracking up at the clever ending. My nephew didn't quite get the twist endin
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Katlin Sims
Jasper Rabbit loves to eat the carrots out of Crackenhopper field! But one day the carrots start to follow him every where he goes, and things get creepy! Finally he can't take it anymore, stops eating the carrots and decides to build a fence around the field so the creepy carrots can never follow him again. Which is what the carrots wanted anyways.

This book is great to use with a prop box in a lesson about planting and gardens. In the prop box there should be things like garden gloves, carrot s
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Magila
This book was fun. While this may appear to be a halloween-oriented book, it is not - it's for all year. The illustrations added quite a bit of value to the book, and not only because they were done in a story-consistent manner. What really made the art a success was how dark, dreary, and CREEPY each page was, except for the pops of orange color.

The end is pretty cute, and is a nice way of teaching children about perspective. This is NOT a book on overcoming picky eating, or fright from the dark
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Mrs. Knott
Not sure how I missed getting this book on my shelf! I've read it several times this school year with students, it's always a sure fire hit!
Ms. Patti
Creepy carrots? What's creepy about a carrot? Well, if they were following you home or hiding in the shower, then that would be pretty creepy, wouldn't it? But are the carrots really following Jasper Rabbit, or does he only have an overactive imagination?

This new picture book by Aaron Reynolds with great illustrations by Peter Brown is just scary enough for Halloween, even for younger children. The black and white illustrations, with a splash of orange here and there, create an eerie feeling. Sp
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Samantha
Jasper Rabbit LOVES carrots, especially the carrots in Crackenhopper Field until they start following him home. He's sure the carrots are following his every step and hiding around every corner. Finally, he builds a fence around the field, resolving to trap the scary carrots inside, but what he doesn't realize is that he's falling right into the carrot's trap. If they can't get out, surely Jasper can't get in! Funny, great read aloud, illustrations are black and white with orange highlights. Bro ...more
Rachel
Love the illustrations.
Vicki
This is one of my new favorite picture books! The illustrations are awesome, dare I say Caldecott worthy. They totally make this book,with it's mysterious black/white/gray & touches of orange are just fantastically brilliant. I read this book at our local Kiwanis Kids in the park to several groups of elementary kids, which I think is the best age range for this book. There is a great video on Vimeo with illustrator Peter Brown, explaining his process for creating the illustrations for this, ...more
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