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Creepy Carrots!

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  6,114 ratings  ·  893 reviews
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?

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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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
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.

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

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.
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.
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
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
Tommy Cummings
What a fun kids book. My son and I have read this about 15 times each.
Playing on the something-is-stalking-me-but-when-I-turn-around-nothing-is-there fears that have fueled countless scary movies, this goose-pimpler introduces a young bunny named Jasper who couldn't get enough carrots . . . until they started following him. Tired of heart-racing, sleepless nights, Jasper concocts a master plan and builds an alligator-filled moat and sky-high fence around Crackenhopper Field to keep those nasty carrots at bay. Turns out, their plan to keep that nasty rabbit from ea ...more
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!
Jordan Molczyk
Alright class, I know all of you have a favorite snack. Who would like to share?

Great answers! Those sound yummy!

Today we are going to read Creepy Carrots. In this story Jasper Rabbit finds something scary about his favorite snack! I would like you guys to pay attention to the pictures and see if you can spot any of those creepy carrots that are hiding in the shadows from Jasper.

*turns off lights*
I want you all to notice our illustrator did not use much color in his illustrations, did he? That
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!
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
Edward Sullivan
The ultimate rabbit nightmare! Great goofy fun.
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
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
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
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
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
Stacey Cross
As a story, Creepy Carrots, is nothing spectacular but as a picture book it is phenomenal. If it weren't for the incredible illustrations this book would not be one to review. The colorful, yet dark and eerie images add so much depth and creativity to the story. The illustrator uses only the colors gray, black, white and orange to create his images. He also uses a lot of shading and shadows to set a certain tone and mood to the story.

Jasper rabbit feels that he is being followed by a bunch of u
Tom Bochnak
You have a perfect book for halloween right here. It's perfectly creepy to keep kids on edge, and then the ending left me with a smile. There a lot of words to be read for a picture book. I'd have to say this book is perfect for 1st or 2nd graders. The pictures complement the text perfectly, and other times the pictures are more critical to the story than the text.

You could analyze this book more with your children, but I'd be worried about stripping away the cuteness and fun of it. Let this boo
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
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
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...
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
Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
This book just cracked me up. Just looking at the spooky illustrations caused the twilight zone music to run through my head. The premise of the story was crazy, but the three-color themed illustrations and lighting effects just took the craziness to a whole new level. Seriously, you may never look at carrots the same again or anything else that is your “favorite”. My girls enjoyed being in the know that there really are creepy carrots, seeing how Jasper came up with the solution to the creepy c ...more
Shelby Zimmerman
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds is about Jasper Rabbit, a rabbit who loves his carrots. He is selfish about eating them until he begins seeing the creepy carrots everywhere. The illustrations in this story are black and white with a little bit of orange. The creepy carrots would come across as very creepy to younger children.
Crete Public Library District
Reviewed by Miss Gail (Youth Services) Jasper has a passion for carrots. He is a rabbit and could never get enough of them to eat, and then they started following him…. He hoped it was his imagination, but what if it wasn’t? What will he do?
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