My sister and I had a book when we were children (late 1980s, early 1990s at a push). The artwork was quite grown up and quite creepy for a children's book. The characters were made up of a variety of realistic vegetables, and the color scheme was quite muted.

I remember one picture where a character was underground and was able to listen above ground through an earhorn device. I think a Father Time was also in it. The book is not "The Adventures of Cipollino" by Gianni Rodari.

  • Hi and welcome to Literature Stack Exchange! Please look through the suggestions in the tag wiki for identification requests and edit your question to include additional information. For example, can you describe the artwork more specifically? What do "grown-up" and "creepy" mean here? Also, was the book intended for babies, children around 10 years old, or ... ? Such details will help narrow down possibilities. Thanks!
    – verbose
    Nov 21, 2023 at 4:50
  • I may be looking for the same book. Did the anthropomorphic vegetables take a girl underground to punish humans for eating vegetables? The book I had was for children perhaps 9-11.
    – Tbob
    Dec 2, 2023 at 9:42
  • That sounds somewhat familiar but I'm not 100% sure. Dec 7, 2023 at 17:07
  • @bobble - I don't see anything forbidding a tag like [picture-books] in the 'How do I tag questions properly' post. Can you explain why it's not useful? Is there a relevant meta-discussion? (The guidance for ID-requests says "add author, language, and/or medium tags if known." Though I'm not sure if picture books are a medium...)
    – CDR
    Dec 19, 2023 at 8:41
  • @CDR medium tags are reserved for very short works like [poetry] or [essays], full books don't have them (e.g. no [novel]). See the proposal for medium tags
    – bobble
    Dec 19, 2023 at 14:51


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