“While working in New York, I had the opportunity to meet Peter Brown during a presentation of his book You Will Be My Friend! Unsurprisingly, the kids at the event were totally enamored with him and it’s easy to see why. Peter’s illustrations capture the warm lens and visible energy of their world. Everything in his work has a kindness to it – from bears who are perhaps a little overzealous, to a young boy who builds a garden little by little. He succeeds at being humorous without losing focus of his audience and creates characters whose flaws are simple but passions are great.
His most recent book, Creepy Carrots! (written by Aaron Reynolds,) captures the visage of classic, horror movie stills while keeping the story still light with caricature and a spot of orange on every page. Each spread slowly builds up anticipation and moves the story to a final conclusion, but not without a twist! Young Jasper Rabbit helps himself to the carrots in Crackenhopper Field, until one day, the carrots start haunting him…” —Emily Stage, Mockingbird Books, Seattle. Emily is the author of Emily’s Illustrator Spotlight in the store’s monthly newsletter. Buy Creep Carrots! from Mockingbird Books or IndieBound.