Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Creepy Carrots

Miss Nancy at The Storybook Shoppe recommended Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reyonlds to us a few weeks ago, and I just had to share this one with you for Halloween.  My daughter, Molly, has a bit of dark side when it comes to choosing books. She gets a kick out of "scary" subject matters.  Creepy Carrots satisfies her curiosity for "scary" with this delightful book about Jasper the rabbit who fears his favorite treats are out to get him.

Jasper, like all rabbits, loves carrots.  He loves them so much that he visits the carrot patch on his way to school, on his way home, on his way to little league practice.  He can't get enough!  It seems he is quite greedy, actually.

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But soon Jasper feels like the carrots are following him. They're creeping him out! While he brushes his teeth, while he's sleeping, are the carrots he loves so much following him?  They're haunting him everywhere he goes!

Often times when I finish a book with Molly, I ask her, "what do you think the author was trying to say to us?"  (It's easier than: what's the morale of the story?)   She had to think about this one for quite some time then she said that maybe he had too many carrots and they were mad at him.   Smart 4 year old.  I think she's right, maybe there is a message about greed in this one.   There is also a clever ending that negates all the "scary."

One of my favorite things about Miss Nancy and her staff at The Storybook Shoppe is that they introduce our family to books I never would have picked up.  This isn't one I would have gravitated towards but it is a HUGE hit right now for Halloween. The illustrations by Peter Brown really delight and it's a book that keeps you guessing until the end.  Are the carrots really following Japser? Or is it just his imagination?

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