Creepy Carrots!

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

Published by Simon and Schuster for Young Readers 2012

Source: Library Copy

Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown


 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?


My Thoughts:

I’m not sure how this 2013 Caldecott Honor Book slipped under my radar when it was first released but I am so glad that it was brought to my attention this week.

Jasper raids the carrot fields on a daily basis until he starts to think that the carrots are stalking him! Tension builds page  after page as the reader sees what Jasper does…carrots everywhere, but his parents don’t seem to believe him. A great homage to bedtime experiences for many children and their parents (perhaps with monsters instead of carrots) and a fantastic twist in the end make this a dynamic read aloud for many different ages. Peter Brown’s illustrations are a compliment to the story creating a slightly ominous atmosphere, that has this “film noir” feel to it. Creepy Carrots! deserves to be more than just a seasonal “Halloween” spooky read and would be a great addition to any home library or children’s programming shelf. A new favourite.
Creepy Carrots!

Review: This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

This is not my hat

When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . .


Jon Klassen’s first book “I Want My Hat Back” is an award winner and I believe this, his second book, is destined to be one as well.  His understated style and simplified text has appeal for both children and their parents.

Little fish is the narrator, but the pictures tell a different story than the text. Is the little fish really safe? The illustrations are done in earth tones,  full of texture  and expressive which adds a nice dimension to each page.

Too often picture books tie things up in neat little packages for kids, but in “This is Not My Hat”, Jon Klassen allows the reader to to come to their own conclusions. The possibilities for extension activities in story time at the library  or in a classroom setting are endless. One to buy for your personal library. Highly Recommended.

To learn more about the author and his books visit his website:

To read an interview with Jon and enter a give-away for this book visit Lost in the Library  – Beginning Monday Oct 15th.


Program of the Week (3) Reading Buddies Activities-Ugly Pie

Each Thursday I’ll be posting my favourite children’s program from the week. It could be a story time program, a schoolage program even programs for teens. 
Below the post each week you’ll be able to link up and share your favourite program from the week too! Please include a mention of the feature in your post and link back here too:)
 I thought this would be a fabulous way to share ideas.

“Program of the Week”

Reading Buddies Activities:
Reading Buddies is a weekly program at my library where children (schoolage) in grades 1-4 who need practice reading are paired with an adult or teen for assistance. It’s one of my favourite programs at the library as it’s a privilege to watch the growth in confidence in the children over the weeks.

I begin each week by welcoming the children and the volunteers. I usually of 12 in my program and a volunteer for each of them.
I read a book, and then offer an activity based on the book. The children are welcome to participate and complete the activity with their volunteer as well as their reading practice or spend the entire time reading together. Each program is 1 hour in length. 

The book for this week:

Ugly Pie by Lisa Wheeler: 

Lisa Wheeler

Oh how I love to read this book. I have used it in my Reading Buddies program in two different sessions and its always  a hit.  Bold colourful illustrations. Rhyming, lyrical text that just begs to be read aloud with a southern twang. After reading I invite the kids to “create” their own recipes and versions of “ugly pie” with their reading partners. We share them out loud together after reading time, and it’s so fun to hear what they come up with. 🙂 

Do you offer a Reading Buddies program or something similar at your library? Tell me about it in the comments section….

Book Review: Let’s Do Nothing

Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile
Published May 2009 by Candlewick
Source: Reviewed from personal copy
Don’t move! A master of animation explores the elusive art of doing nothing in this comical tale of two very active imaginations.

Frankie and Sal have already played every sport and board game invented, baked and eaten batches of cookies, and painted a zillion pictures. What’s left to do? Nothing! Ten seconds of nothing! Can they do it? Can they act like stone statues in the park? Can they simply hold their breath and not blink an eye? With a wink to the reader and a command of visual humor, feature film animator Tony Fucile demonstrates the Zen-like art of doing nothing…oops! Couldn’t do it!

My Thoughts:

In honour of Summer I thought I’d talk about Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile. It’s a story which captures that Summer feeling especially in the moments when our kids are saying: “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do!” on the 2nd day of Summer. Frank and Sal have created a new goal, and have challenged themselves to do nothing for 10 seconds. Not blink, move, hold their breath. Their imaginations take hold and Sal seems incapable of “doing nothing” often with hilarious results. The illustrations are bold and bright and kids will enjoy watching the visual clues as to what is coming next as you turn the pages. A fabulous read aloud which works well for any age, though the school-age group will offer the most giggles. I usually pair it with a simple game of freeze dance or statue.