The gag ending also involves a rapid shift in perspective. A whole pile of hints were stacked up to convince me that the boy was hallucinating, but... Glad Reynolds didn't go that direction. Just because the kid [has the munchies and] is paranoid doesn't mean no carrots are out to get him [a Colorado reading].
It was nice to see someone using value in b/w as such a clear tool in the illustrations. Each page punctuates the black with some orange, which is an unusual choice and interesting to look at.