Saturday, January 7, 2012
Carrot Tops and Cottontails by Jan Mark & Tony Ross
Being quite a sophisticated picture book, I think this picture book would really be apreciated by an upper primary student for its descriptive language, its use of rhythm, illiteration, and its at times off-beat humour. The carrots are brazen and vain and are indignant that the rabbits never pay them the attention and the respect they think they deserve. So they set about on a campaign to harass the rabbits to arouse their attention at the very least, but they get far more than they bargain for. This is a very clever and witty fable which explains why vegetables never speak and why no carrot is ever safe from rabbits. Ross' illustrations are exceptional and the sassiness of the carrots and the outrage of the rabbits are beautifully captured. I am still yet to find his famous I Don't Give a Damn About this Dumb Toilet..