Preschooler Monkey and I enjoyed a lot of books this past month, but I thought I’d share a couple that really stuck in my mind as unique and interesting:
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds; Illustrated by Peter Brown
When my daughter chose this off the shelf, I was worried it was going to be too creepy for her, and that she was going to be crying about monster carrots in her room in the middle of the night. But that’s not what happened. We read it over and over again, and each time she was intrigued by the idea of a bunny being scared of carrots (because, you know, carrots aren’t scary, are they?). It’s not quite clear whether the carrots are really creeping around after the bunny or whether the whole thing is in the bunny’s imagination. I think you could interpret it either way. Very well done.
I can’t even count the times I’ve told my daughter, “Hang on a minute! I’m on the phone!” only to be on the phone for at least five if not ten more minutes. This story plays on that idea–while Mama’s on the phone, the doorbell rings numerous times, a party starts and ends, and at the end Mama is none the wiser (I hope that hasn’t happened at our house!). The illustrations are engaging and boisterous, and the rhyming text is very fun to read out loud. So cute.