Don't worry, little crab

Chris Haughton

Book - 2020

"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."--Amazon.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press 2020.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN
1536211192
9781536211191
Main Author
Chris Haughton (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*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. Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Artwork by Haughton (Goodnight Everyone) often features intensely saturated colors and sly humor; this story has its share of both, stripping art and narrative down to vital essentials. Little Crab and Very Big Crab leave their "tiny tide pool" and climb over a massive rock ("TIC-A-TIC TIC-A-TIC") on their way to the open sea: "I can go ANYWHERE," Little Crab says. When they arrive, great waves pound the rock, and Little Crab shrinks back: "I think we've had enough of the ocean now." Haughton's white spray and oncoming waves are startlingly real, and the tense sequence makes it easy to feel for Little Crab. But Very Big Crab is full of encouragement: "Let's just go a little bit farther... I think you'll like it." Little Crab's eyes grow huge with fear, but when an enormous wave comes, the two duck underneath it and, in a series of vibrantly colored spreads, Little Crab discovers the prism of riches that lie waiting beyond the terror of the unknown. Haughton uses his substantial gifts to confront the challenge of a new experience—and its rewards. Ages 2–5. (Apr.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Artwork by Haughton (Goodnight Everyone) often features intensely saturated colors and sly humor; this story has its share of both, stripping art and narrative down to vital essentials. Little Crab and Very Big Crab leave their "tiny tide pool" and climb over a massive rock ("TIC-A-TIC TIC-A-TIC") on their way to the open sea: "I can go ANYWHERE," Little Crab says. When they arrive, great waves pound the rock, and Little Crab shrinks back: "I think we've had enough of the ocean now." Haughton's white spray and oncoming waves are startlingly real, and the tense sequence makes it easy to feel for Little Crab. But Very Big Crab is full of encouragement: "Let's just go a little bit farther... I think you'll like it." Little Crab's eyes grow huge with fear, but when an enormous wave comes, the two duck underneath it and, in a series of vibrantly colored spreads, Little Crab discovers the prism of riches that lie waiting beyond the terror of the unknown. Haughton uses his substantial gifts to confront the challenge of a new experience—and its rewards. Ages 2–5. (Apr.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Looking forward to going for a first dip in the big ocean with Very Big Crab, Little Crab ventures sideways from his rock pool to the water’s edge before the crashing waves challenge his bravery. By the creator of Little Owl Lost. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From the award-winning creator of Shh! We Have a Plan comes a vibrantly colorful story about mustering the courage to try something new.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.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From the award-winning creator of Shh! We Have a Plan comes a vibrantly colorful story about mustering the courage to try something new.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.