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Creepy carrots!
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Aaron Reynolds isn't scared of carrots, but he's terrified of black olives. He's the author of many books for kids, including Superhero School , Chicks and Salsa , and the Joey Fly, Private Eye graphic novel series. His books have been featured on the Henson Productions national television show, Between the Lions , and nominated for many awards including the 2010 Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Award and the Monarch Kid's Choice Award. He lives in Chicago with his wife, two kids, and four neurotic cats. You can visit Aaron at<br> <br> Peter Brown is the author of Children Make Terrible Pets and the critically acclaimed artist of Chowder and Flight of the Dodo. He is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasedena, California, and he lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Peter at
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Jasper Rabbit (Boy), Loves to eat carrots;
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  Publishers Weekly Review

In a spot-on parody of a paranoid thriller, a hungry bunny senses "creepy carrots" watching his every move. Jasper Rabbit doesn't think twice about plundering the carrots of Crackenhopper Field "until they started following him." Jasper glimpses three jack-o-lantern-jawed carrots behind him in the bathroom mirror (when he turns around it's just a washcloth, shampoo bottle, and rubber duck-or is it?), and he yells for his parents when a carrot shadow looms on his bedroom wall. Reynolds (Snowbots) makes liberal use of ellipses for suspense, conjuring the "soft... sinister... tunktunktunk of carrots creeping." Brown (Children Make Terrible Pets) illustrates in noirish grayscale with squash-orange highlights and dramatic lighting, framing each panel in shiny black for a claustrophobic film-still effect that cements the story's horror movie feel. Jasper's grin grows maniacal as he constructs a fortress and moat to contain the offending carrot patch, giving the carrots a happy ending in this Hitchcock spoof (Brown even sneaks in a sly Vertigo reference). Watch out, vegetarians-these carrots have bite! Ages 4-8. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-The video translation of this exceptionally illustrated book lacks some of the charm of the picture book, whose layout heavily contributes to its striking nature, but the addition of sound adds a delicious creepiness to this offering. David Mansfield has composed music that creates a tense atmosphere heightened by the striking of Psycho-esque strings and use of a theremin, often employed in science fiction and horror movies of the 1950s. Menacing, muted voices, and maniacal laughter also punctuate the soundtrack. Narrator James Naughton hams it up with a highly dramatic delivery. The book and CD combination eclipse the DVD version because of the latter's disappointingly flat animation, which sadly does not evoke the rounded depth of the original illustrations. Despite this shortcoming, viewers will enjoy this version of the absurdly humorous story made spookier by the embellishments of sound. The best feature of the DVD is a visit to "The Creepy Carrots Zone," that parodies The Twilight Zone television series, where illustrator Peter Brown talks about his process. Viewers are treated to a look inside his sketchbook and can trace the development of his concept. Brown confides that the book's creepy atmostphere was inspired by many early sci-fi and horror movies and posters.-Constance Dickerson, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In this Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch as a rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get him. <br> <br> Jasper Rabbit loves carrots--especially Crackenhopper Field carrots.<br> He eats them on the way to school.<br> He eats them going to Little League.<br> He eats them walking home.<br> Until the day the carrots start following him...or are they?<br> 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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