That's my carrot!

Il Sung Na

Book - 2020

From the acclaimed author-illustrator of A Book of Sleep comes a silly tale about a garden rivalry, a giant carrot and bunnies in construction vehicles! When two rabbits find a giant carrot growing between their yards, they do the only thing that makes sense: they argue over whose carrot it is! One rabbit brings a shovel to dig it out, and the other rabbit brings a spade. Next comes the bulldozers and backhoes and cranes ... and when the dust settles, the carrot is gone! Now, it will be up to th...e rabbits to join forces and find the giant carrot, and build a friendship along the way. From beloved creator Il Sung Na comes a story of mischief and one very giant carrot.

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Subjects
Genres
Animal fiction
Picture books
Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf [2020]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN
9780399551581
0399551581
9780399551598
039955159X
Main Author
Il Sung Na (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Two competitive rabbit neighbors—one tan, the other purple—are both expert gardeners, though their horticultural techniques vary. When an enormous carrot springs up straddling their properties, both rush to claim credit and harvest the behemoth. They manage to dislodge the top, only to discover that most of the root is missing. They join forces on a trip through underground tunnels to solve the mystery: a mole is preparing carrot soup, which he happily shares. Na (Bird, Balloon, Bear, 2017) adds to his oeuvre with this simple tale demonstrating the value of cooperation and sharing. Although formatted as a picture book, the whimsical art makes good use of graphic conventions, including panels, color-coded speech, and unusual perspectives. Na's color palette emphasizes secondary colors (orange, green, purple), and generous white space focuses attention on the story's action. The characters are carefully delineated (the spectacled rabbit practices scientific gardening, while his purple neighbor plays the saxophone); facial expressions and body postures convey their ever-changing emotions. Luckily, détente rules, including a plan for turnips next season. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Two rabbits—a yellow scientist and a purple musician—are superconfident carrot cultivators, certain of their expertise. So when a gargantuan carrot sprouts on the dividing line between their farms, each claims to be the rightful owner ("LOOK WHAT I GREW!" each says), even marshaling dueling construction machines to dig it up. But a subterranean creature beats them to it—one who has not only turned the giant carrot into a big pot of soup, but who also helps the bunnies get in touch with their more generous sides. Na's (The Dreamer) sharing story is well-trod ground, but his artwork, rendered in soft, earthy colors and textures reminiscent of multilayered potato prints, is a page-after-page showcase of compositional ingenuity. One picture uses a dramatic forced perspective that places the two farms at the edge of Earth's curvature; another, devoted to a maze-like map of an underground tunnel system, traces the rabbits' hunt for the carrot thief via the remarks they make en route ("WRONG way" is upside down in a dead end). Even readers who refuse to eat their carrots will find this book a feast for the eyes. Ages 2–5. (May) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—In a tale of a classic neighborly feud, Na introduces two gardening rabbits with differing philosophies on growing carrots. The bespectacled yellow rabbit uses scientific methods while the bow-tied purple rabbit plays music to its plants. When the two discover and dig up a giant carrot straddling their plots of land, they bury their differences and encounter an adorable tunneling creature who has beaten them to the feast. Luckily, this experience teaches them to work together, and they vow to try a new crop—turnips! Na's latest offering is exquisite all around. His illustrations are clever and fun, simple and clean, yet multifaceted and layered. Each green carrot top is delightfully wriggly and unique, and the texture of the carrot skin is spot-on. The animals are adorably anthropomorphized and have clear personality. The perspective and layout shift from page to page. A spread of wordless panels shows the rabbits watching the giant carrot grow. Vertical spreads, mirroring the endpapers, feature a cross-section of the dug-out underground maze as the creatures look for the hungry culprit. Na uses language carefully, showing more than telling; the majority of the text is short thoughts and statements from either side of the fence. VERDICT Another beautiful and highly readable book by Na. A first purchase for all picture book collections.—Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Arguing over which of them owns a giant carrot that is growing between their yards, two rabbits gather tools and construction vehicles to uproot the carrot, only to discover that it has gone missing. By the creator of The Opposite Zoo. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From the acclaimed author-illustrator of A Book of Sleep comes a silly tale about a garden rivalry, a giant carrot and bunnies in construction vehicles!When two rabbits find a giant carrot growing between their yards, they do the only thing that makes sense: they argue over whose carrot it is! One rabbit brings a shovel to dig it out, and the other rabbit brings a spade. Next comes the bulldozers and backhoes and cranes . . . and when the dust settles, the carrot is gone! Now, it will be up to the rabbits to join forces and find the giant carrot, and build a friendship along the way.From beloved creator Il Sung Na comes a story of mischief and one very giant carrot.