Creepy Carrots by Reynolds and Brown

Creepy Carrots book cover

Creepy Carrots (2012) is a picture book written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown. For anyone wondering how to create a scary book for the very young reader without keeping them awake all night, this book is our masterclass in the horror-comedy blend.

First of all, the story is about carrots — a familiar, everyday food item not typically associated with horror. This story is therefore an inherently funny ironic juxtaposition.

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Illustrating Ghosts

Ghost mother and child (In Abol Tabol)... Originally published in the year 1909 Painted by Sukumar Ray
Ghost mother and child (In Abol Tabol)… Originally published in the year 1909 Painted by Sukumar Ray
“Mountain Ghost,” illustration by Hwa San-chiuen (1930–2004)
“Mountain Ghost,” illustration by Hwa San-chiuen (1930–2004)
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi also known as taiso yoshitoshi (1839-1892), kiyohime turning into a snake at the hidaka river, from the series new forms of thirty-six ghosts, 1889-1892
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi also known as taiso yoshitoshi (1839-1892), kiyohime turning into a snake at the hidaka river, from the series new forms of thirty-six ghosts, 1889-1892
comic by Poorly Drawn Lines

Whether they appear wispy or solid, often a full-bodied, non-Bedsheet apparition is depicted in values of only one color, often white/grey or blue. If there is an exception, however, it will be for the eyes.

Monochrome Apparition at TV Tropes

Illustrating Rain, Droplets and Rainclouds

Felix Buhot (French, 1847-1898) Rain and Umbrella c.1875, Etching
Felix Buhot (French, 1847-1898) Rain and Umbrella c.1875, Etching. Dark lines, which match the vertical hatching of the objects in the illustration. It’s not clear what is rain and what depicts the walls of the buildings. Weather and buildings unite.

The convention by which the motion of drops of water is represented by elongating them into a shape they never actually have in the real world appears in the picture of Peter jumping into the watering can. Yet interestingly, while this teardrop shape is like a backward arrow, we know the movement is away from the point only because we know the convention; Peter is himself a teardrop shape in this picture, but we assume he is entering the watering can, not leaving it—that he heads in the direction his body is pointed toward.

Perry Nodelman, Words About Pictures
Postcard by A. Golubev, 1968 rain
Postcard by A. Golubev, 1968 rain
elongated droplets watering can Peter Rabbit

LINES OF RAIN

White lines

White and blue lines

Peter Spier. Rain
Peter Spier. Rain

Black lines, and white for in front of the black

Now I'll walk in all the puddles.  From At the Open Door by Louise Robinson, 1913
Now I’ll walk in all the puddles. From At the Open Door by Louise Robinson, 1913

Ruler straight lines that extend across the entire canvas

The Slough of Despond, illustration for a 1928 edition of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, wood engraving by Gertrude Hermes (UK, 1901-1983)
H. R. Van Dongen (1920 - 2010) 1954 cover illustration The Big Rain for Astounding Science Fiction magazine.
H. R. Van Dongen (1920 – 2010) 1954 cover illustration The Big Rain for Astounding Science Fiction magazine.
The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories 1908 illustrated by Sidney Herbert Sime
The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories 1908 illustrated by Sidney Herbert Sime
Ida Rentoul Outhwaite 1888 - 1960 The Storm
Ida Rentoul Outhwaite 1888 – 1960 The Storm
Dugald Stewart Walker illustrator, Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) writer, ‘Rainbow gold; poems old and new selected for boys and girls’ 1922-6

RAIN IN THE DISTANCE

George Bellows (American, 1882 – 1925) Rain on the River, 1908
Mai Miturich, 1969 rain
Mai Miturich, 1969 rain
The-Airmail.-N.-C.-Wyeth.-1938
The-Airmail.-N.-C.-Wyeth.-1938

Storm Scents: It’s True, You Can Smell Oncoming Summer Rain, from Scientific American