Too Many Carrots Hardcover – 28 Mar 2016
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About the Author
Katy Hudson won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award Gold in 2014 for her illustrations in the book Animal Teachers. Her debut picture book, Bear and Duck, received strong reviews, including a starred review from Kirkus. Katy is the author of the best-selling picture books Too Many Carrots and A Loud Winter's Nap, which both received numerous positive reviews. Katy lives in London.
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Rabbit has too many carrots, and they've forced him out of his home. One by one he destroys his friends' homes by trying to move himself and all of his carrots into them. Ultimately, friendship, sharing and cooperation save the day.
Rabbit is personable and accessible. His animal friends all fall on the right side of cute and cuddly. The storytelling is direct and to the point, with a generally upbeat and positive feel. There's a fair amount of action, with an extended calm resolution. That feels just right for bedtime to me.
(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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I always believe that children should have a library of classically good books from their childhood. A box of treasured memories that ventures into adulthood with them and provides clues into the literature that formed their lives. Their memories and their creativity. Their dreams and hopes.
I think that TOO MANY CARROTS is one of those books. First, it is absolutely beautifully illustrated. Exquisite detail. Bright colors. Delicate colors. The splashing water illustrations are so realistic and artfully splishy splashy wet as to make you just want to sit and stare at the picture. You have to wonder at the creative mind of the illustrator who envisions a rabbit burrow bursting with carrots and then actually executes a painting which shows the sheer creativity of that visual image.
Just when you think your visual load of unimaginable situations has been satisfied, you suddenly notice the little boards painstakingly nailed up the side of a tree trunk. Well, of course! They are leading to Bird's nest and we follow a wobbly trail of falling carrots out to an impossibly and improbably placed nest, precariously resting at the very wobbled, tippy end of a branch.
But, that's not even the best part!
I loooooooooooooved Squirrel's house. The creaking and groaning of the tree as too many animals moved in . . .but turn the page . . .and Beaver's house floating down the strong current, a shambles of wood and Windows and carrots, I think it is one of my favorite illustrations in the whole book, until you turn the page, oh! My! I think I love the next picture the most!
Love! Love! Love! The whole book! I like larger books. I think the larger size engages the child more.i love the colors. They all go with orange. The water colors are soft and dreamy with exquisitely added details in more exactingly draw lines. Delightful expressions on the animal's faces. All in all, there a lot to engage a child's attention.
And not to overlook this fact. The book deals with the concept of abundance. It's important for children to learn to share and to give to others as part of learning to be a caring, loving person. This delightful book opens the communication and allows us that opportunity to share important values with the next generation.
And before I forget . . .you and I both know where a turtle lives. Right? Wait until you see what Rabbit does when Turtle lets Rabbit move in with him. Such a delightful burst of creativity captured on the page!
The only thing I did not like about the book is that . . . .it ended.
Back to adulthood . . .