Carrot by Vanita Oelschlager

Title: Carrot
Author: Vanita Oelschlager
Publisher: Vanita Books
Released: May 2011
Source: publisher (NetGalley)


An ordinary house cat, Carrot envies the life of the pampered yacht cat Buffy and dreams of all she could do with such luxury, but comes to realize that her life is actually richer in many ways.

Carrot by Vanita Oelschlager is a children’s book for ages 4-8, illustrated by Kristin Blackwood. It tells the story of a simple orange house cat who one day notices a beautiful white cat sitting on a yacht at the pier. Carrot dreams of living that cat’s fancy, rich life, fantasizing about all the amenities that would come with wealth. But soon Carrot starts to consider the things in her own life she’d miss, the things she would no longer be able to do if she lived a life of luxury. She comes to an important realization about her common, but happy life.

The rhyming scheme and its cadence reminded me of reading Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline books. But in a few spots, I felt the rhythm wasn’t as intuitive as it could have been. After a couple readings, I figured it out and those spots felt fine. It didn’t bother my 3 1/2 year old at all, because the first time we read it, she made me read it again three times in a row! Obviously she loved this book. The colorful illustrations grabbed her attention and kept her lingering on each page. She laughed and commented and asked questions throughout the story. I appreciated that there were some “big” words that encouraged her to ask for the meaning, such as cotillion, chiffon, caviar, and socialite – but not too many; she never lost interest, never had trouble following the story.

A standard I use when looking for quality children’s books is, could I stand to read this over and over and over again? Carrot definitely meets that criteria, and I can already tell it’s going to be a favorite in our house.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.

  • It sounds very cute. My girls love cats (we have two), and I bet they’d love to read this book. I doubt the rhythm issue would bother them–I’m much more critical of children’s literature than they are!

  • I’ve read this book and I really enjoyed it! I agree that the cadence is very similar to the Madeline books. I’ve recommended Carrot to many of my friends who are cat owners.
    Thanks for sharing this with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  • Great review Monika. I love your standard for books, I am going to use it. See you again on the hop, cheers Julie

  • I like your review Monika. It’s funny the things that we are critical of as a grown-up reading these books, that just go over the kids heads. At the end of the day, these books are written for the kids, after all! Thanks for linking this into the Kid Lit Blog Hop! 😀