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|Don't worry, Little Crab|
Author: Haughton, Chris
A colorful story about mustering the courage to try something new. Little Crab and Very Big Crab are off to the ocean. But will Little Crab be brave enough to face the huge waves and go into the ocean?
Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/01/20)
School Library Journal (04/01/20)
Booklist (+) (03/15/20)
The Hornbook (00/03/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/15/2020 *Starred Review* Little Crab lives in a tide pool with Very Big Crab and is comfortable with their cozy surroundings. The tiny crustacean is excited because this is the day they’re going to the ocean. “I can go ANYWHERE!” is his initial feeling upon setting out on their excursion. However, once the two arrive at a spot overlooking the vast sea and its big waves, Little Crab begins to have doubts—maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all. “I think we’ve had enough of the ocean now,” he declares. Very Big Crab understands his companion’s fear and hesitation and gently convinces the little one that everything will be OK. The adventure they have on the ocean floor convinces the small crab that the end result was worth his feelings of trepidation. Attractive illustrations were created digitally with simple shapes against clear backgrounds and have a pleasing color palette, which includes the teals and blues of the sea and burgundy, orange, green, and purple that showcases life on the ocean floor. Once he overcomes his fears, Little Crab feels just a bit invincible and has a clearer understanding that being brave means doing something even though it is scary. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2020 PreS-Gr 1—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. VERDICT 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.—Yelena Voysey, formerly at Pickering Educational Library, Boston University - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.