I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
My daughters and I love to read together. I hadn’t seen very many picture books on Netgalley recently, so I was very excited when I received the opportunity to read several around the same time.
Too Many Carrots was written and illustrated by Katy Hudson. The story begins by introducing the reader to Rabbit, who has outgrown his burrow. The problem is that he has too many carrots, and there is no room left for anything else. So, instead of downsizing the carrot collection, he sets out for greener pastures. Rabbit tries to move in with Tortoise- cramming himself into Tortoise’s shell. That doesn’t work out very well, and Rabbit and Tortoise must seek shelter elsewhere. I don’t want to give too much away, but needless to say, we are introduced to a variety of animals, and their living situations. Rabbit is not a very good houseguest, and he needs to make amends for the havoc he has caused. There’s just one problem- Rabbit really loves his carrot collection. Are the carrots more important than his friendships?
The illustrations are very cute. My daughters loved seeing the different places where the animals lived. They thought the pictures of the houses stuffed with carrots were very silly, and they were even more excited about said domiciles getting wrecked, courtesy of Rabbit and his carrots. I enjoyed seeing the characters’ facial expressions. Rabbit is often blissfully unaware that he is causing problems, but the other animals’ anger is noticeable. I’ve mentioned that two of my daughters are on the autism spectrum. Reading people’s faces and predicting outcomes are not always easy for them, so I appreciate every opportunity we have to discuss how people are feeling and what they might be thinking.
As a parent, I am trying my best to pass along good values to my girls. I always look for teachable moments. No one among us is perfect, and making mistakes is an inevitable part of life. The most important thing is how we react to making mistakes, and what we can do to make things better. Rabbit is definitely not a good friend for most of the story. He is a little selfish, and his actions have consequences for several of his friends. What he does about the situation demonstrates that things can almost always be fixed, and that making amends is important.
I would absolutely recommend Too Many Carrots. This story will appeal to children ranging in age from preschool through the early years of elementary school. My three girls enjoyed reading this book, and we will purchase our own copy so we can read it whenever we want.