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Don’t Worry, Little Crab

By: Chris Haughton

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.

ISBN: 9781536211191

JLG Release: Aug 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
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 “s 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.

Book Details

ISBN

9781536211191

First Release

August 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9 3/4" x 10 1/4"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

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

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Book Genres

Picture Book

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