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Don’t Worry, Little Crab



written and illustrated by
Chris Haughton

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536211191
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Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a tiny rock pool near the sea. Today they're going for a dip in the big ocean. "This is going to be so great," says Little Crab, splish-splashing and squelch-squelching along, all the way to the very edge. Then comes a first glance down at the waves. WHOOSH! Maybe it's better if they don't go in?

With vivid colors, bold shapes, and his trademark visual humor, Chris Haughton shows that sometimes a gentle "don't worry, I'm here" can keep tentative little crabs sidestepping ahead - and help them discover the brilliant worlds that await when they take the plunge.Full-color digital illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

9 3/4" x 10 1/4"

Dewey

E

AR

2: points 0.5

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2020

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Marine life. Crabs. Tide pools. Ocean. Bravery. Overcoming fears.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

Another terrific title from the author of Shh! and Goodnight Everyone. Little Crab and Big Crab leave the golden sands of their shallow tidal pool, scuttling across dark cliffs set against a vivid teal sky to the big blue ocean. At first, the prospect of a grand adventure excites Little Crab as the duo “tic-a-tic,” “splish splash,” and “squelch squelch” their way to the very edge of the surf, but soon Little Crab discovers that the waves are immense and intimidating. Through repeated reassurances of Big Crab, the wee crustacean slowly conquers anxiety and dips a claw into the ocean, only to be swept into the depths by a big wave. Arriving on the stunningly colorful ocean floor, the two play and explore until it’s time to return to their tidal pool. Children and their caregivers will relate to Little Crab’s inevitable declaration: “I really don’t want to go home!” Illustrated in Haughton’s signature minimalist style with a matching blocky font, the layouts, color transitions, and body language of the crabs combine to create an enormously expressive story with lovable protagonists. Haughton’s simple language perfectly captures the tone of an excited and nervous youngster and a very patient adult, while several repetitions make for predictability young audiences will enjoy. A great title for marine-themed storytime or one-on-one reading, as well as a perfectly subtle lesson about overcoming one’s fears and enjoying new experiences.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Another terrific title from the author of Shh! and Goodnight Everyone. Little Crab and Big Crab leave the golden sands of their shallow tidal pool, scuttling across dark cliffs set against a vivid teal sky to the big blue ocean. At first, the prospect of a grand adventure excites Little Crab as the duo “tic-a-tic,” “splish splash,” and “squelch squelch” their way to the very edge of the surf, but soon Little Crab discovers that the waves are immense and intimidating. Through repeated reassurances of Big Crab, the wee crustacean slowly conquers anxiety and dips a claw into the ocean, only to be swept into the depths by a big wave. Arriving on the stunningly colorful ocean floor, the two play and explore until it’s time to return to their tidal pool. Children and their caregivers will relate to Little Crab’s inevitable declaration: “I really don’t want to go home!” Illustrated in Haughton’s signature minimalist style with a matching blocky font, the layouts, color transitions, and body language of the crabs combine to create an enormously expressive story with lovable protagonists. Haughton’s simple language perfectly captures the tone of an excited and nervous youngster and a very patient adult, while several repetitions make for predictability young audiences will enjoy. A great title for marine-themed storytime or one-on-one reading, as well as a perfectly subtle lesson about overcoming one’s fears and enjoying new experiences.

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