"Otto the rabbit resolves to eat carrots with the same single-minded passion he sees his friends devoting to their favorite shoes and roller skates. After a period of intense carrot consumption ('Raw carrots, cooked carrots, fried carrots, baked carrots. He eats carrot soup, carrot pizza, carrot cookies, and, of course, carrot cake'), Otto's fellow rabbits taunt him and even try to nibble at him after his ears turn into carrots. A quick switch to spinach solves the immediate problem, and turns Otto into a spinach superhero, with a Superman cape and a pipe like Popeye's. The story ends there, though, leaving readers to wonder whether eating bales of spinach is any better than overindulging in carrots. Newcomer Carrer's multimedia illustrations are the real draw. Otto and his friends cavort against backgrounds of painted newspaper and picture cutouts. Many small panel illustrations entertain (Otto flies in a carrot rocket and paddles a carrot boat), while scribbled lines and scumbled paint add texture and movement. For Carrer, art may be a better vehicle for storytelling than words."
"Otto the rabbit demonstrates that it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
'Trixie the rabbit wears only red shoes. Willie the rabbit is never without his blue roller skates. Not to be outdone, Otto decides on carrots. He will eat only carrots: 'Raw carrots, cooked carrots, fried carrots, baked carrots.' Otto's enthusiasm is depicted in a series of thumbnail drawings, even as his family tries to reason with him. Careful readers will find the speech balloon that warns, 'You'll turn into a carrot!' This is no gentle exploration of food fixation such as those found in the classic Bread and Jam for Frances or Delicious! (2007), Helen Cooper's friendly romp about a fussy eater. In Otto's case, events take a decidedly ominous turn when his obsession changes him literally: His ears become carrots. Trixie and Willie want to nibble them. Worse, his classmates dub him Otto Carrotto and surround him, each wanting a bite of his ears. Chaotic collage art captures the frenzied mood even turning to white line on black at its darkest moment. Boldface text stresses the word repetition and helps set the pace as Otto decides no more carrots.
While the tale's not for sensitive youngsters, more sophisticated readers will appreciate the joke when Otto decides next on spinach, only spinach."