Books and Beyond: Creepy Carrots

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Welcome! I am so excited, this is the first installment of my Books and Beyond monthly book club. Each month I will feature one book with a summary, review, book study, and book giveaway! You will definitely want to follow along.

Since Halloween is coming up, I decided to focus on a book that would be great to read during this time. I chose Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. Have you read this book? I just heard about it not too long ago, and it is awesome. It is about a rabbit who loves carrots. He pulls carrots from Crackenhopper Field on his way to school, from school, to baseball practice, and any other time he gets a chance. But then one day he thinks he sees creepy carrots following him. He starts seeing them everywhere he goes! What will he do to solve this problem?? You better get the book to find out. Or you could enter to win a copy of the book at the bottom of this post!

This is a great book to read to your class, because it isn't specifically a Halloween book, so if you have kids who don't celebrate Halloween, you could still read this. It's also not too scary, because the creepy part of the book are carrots. So it's kind of a mix between creepy and silly. The illustrations are probably the creepiest part of the book. I love them. Everything is in gray tones, but then the carrots and other objects are orange. It won the Caldecott Medal for the illustrations.

My book study has a lot of different activities to do with your students. Here are a few I decided to spotlight:

In this activity, students think about how the main character in the story looks and they draw a picture and write the outside traits. They then think about the story and write the inside traits of the main character. Your students will love making the window to peek in at the inside traits.


This activity focuses on three words from the book. Each word has two synonyms, and students put the words in order from weakest to strongest. For example, one set of words is creepy, terrifying, and frightening. I would put creepy on the bottom, then frightening, then terrifying, because terrifying is the strongest form of the word.


There are two versions of this activity. In the first, students cut out words and then decide if they are synonyms or antonyms for the word Creepy. Then they glue them in the correct spot.

The other version is nice if you don't have as much time, or if you don't want to deal with the cutting and gluing. In this activity, students come up with their own synonyms and antonyms for the word, then they write a sentence using one of their words.

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In this activity, students come up with an adjective to replace creepy. They then decorate the carrots depending on the adjective. For example, I chose crazy carrots.

Other activities in this book study include:

A centers activity for sorting synonyms and antonyms
Nonstandard measuring with paperclips and counting cubes
Making connections
Retell the story with beginning, middle, and end
Problem and solution
Comprehension questions
Opinion writing
*Two versions of all activities are included: one with the gray border shown and one with a simple line border.

If you would like to win this book study, enter  below! If you don't win, you can always find it in my TpT store, and right now it is on sale for 20% off.

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Don't forget to enter to win your own copy of Creepy Carrots

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Next month's Books and Beyond post will feature a Thanksgiving picture book. What book would you like to see me spotlight?

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  1. This looks like such a neat book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Shifting Teacher K-2

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  3. Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving!

  4. Cranberry Thanksgiving :o)

    What a fun giveaway!
    Thank you!
    xo Pamela
    Hedgehog Reader

  5. I'm not familiar with this book. Heading over to check it out now. Thanks for the ideas!

  6. This is a great idea! Have you considered turning this into a linky?!

    Denise Hill, #TeacherMom

    1. Thanks! I thought about it, but then I wasn't sure what I should have people link up...a post about their favorite book (on a certain topic)? What do you think? Any other ideas?


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