Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

I am sharing a book a day for the next 30+ days. Picture books that can be used to teach literary skills to middle or high school students. Just because they are in the older grades doesn’t mean that picture books can’t be a great resource on its own or as a paired passage. Here is #4

51z2dnRkbNL._SX374_BO1,204,203,200_Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

Description from Amazon:

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.

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?
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.

Literary Skills that can be taught with the book Creepy Carrots?

– What tone does the author set with his title Creepy Carrots? – What does the word “sinister” bring to mind?
– Do the pictures add to the tone? How?


–  Does Jasper really see creepy carrots or is there another reason for what he sees?


–  How is the ending of this story ironic?
–  What did you think would happen instead?

Discussion Questions
–  How did Jasper hurt himself while trying to fix the problem?

Paired Passage
– pair with “The Monsters are due on Maple Street” by Rod Sterling


Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds can be found on Amazon click HERE

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