The Hoarder! Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson
RABBIT LOVED CARROTS!
RABBIT WAS PROUD OF HIS COLLECTION AND BURROWED THEM AWAY IN HIS COZY HOLE.
BUT RABBIT HAD A PROBLEM. A BIG PROBLEM.
A rabbit's gotta right to crave carrots.
But there can be too much of a good thing, and Rabbit's collection has reached critical mass!
His burrow has so many carrots that he has to burrow into his burrow through the veggies. And trying to sleep surrounded, top, bottom, and on both sides by pointy root vegetables? Fahgeddaboudit.
Carrots are falling out of his mail slot, and his roof is bulging through with carrots and more carrots.
"I NEED A PLACE TO SLEEP!" RABBIT TOLD TORTOISE.
Tortoise offers to share his house, but, problem is, his shell is his house!
Rabbit gives it the old college try, squeezing and wiggling his way inside Tortoise's snug shell. But the fit is so tight that the two-headed tortoise shell tumbles out of control.
Tortoise's attempt to crash with Torty sends them rolling downhill and then...CRASH! into a rock.
Rabbit tries out Bird's nest, but when he tries to nest along with his carrots...CRACK! goes Bird's branch.
When the bough breaks, down comes Bird's nest, carrots and all!
Squirrel takes pity on his rodent cousin and invites Rabbit and the rest of the now homeless friends to bring their bedrolls for a sleepover in his commodious hollow tree. But soon the overstuffed trunk splits, cracks, and crashes, and the four footloose friends are forced to split the scene posthaste. Beaver offers his stick-built waterfront home beside the pond, but a flash flood floats them all away, carrots and all.
Beaver, Squirrel, Bird, Tortoise AND Rabbit are all washed up, embedded in a mud bank. Is it time for Rabbit to reconsider the merits of carrot collecting?
Which brings up a new problem. What to do with too many carrots? Where's Bugs Bunny when you need him?
There is one way, and Katy Hudson's newest, Too Many Carrots (Capstone Young Readers, 2016), ends with a jolly potluck supper, with Rabbit providing all the carrot cake, carrot casserole, carrot juice, and carrot soup that the gang can gobble.
And then all the buddies bunk down in the only house left standing--and plenty roomy--Rabbit's Burrow!
It seems Rabbit now has too many roomies--but that's a story for another day!
Katy Hudson's clever narrative turns upside down the old premise of "there's always room for one more," in a funny story of true friends adorned with rambunctiously detailed pen-and-ink (with plenty of orange paint) illustrations in a wry and witty look at the downside of too much of a good thing.
This rabbit tale begs to be paired up with Aaron Reynolds' Caldecott Honor Book, Creepy Carrots! (Read my review here).