DON'T WORRY, LITTLE CRAB by Chris Haughton
Kirkus Star


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Age Range: 3 - 7
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Though the journey is scary, Little Crab is encouraged by Very Big Crab to venture from their tiny tide pool into the ocean, where a world of wonder and new friends await.

Haughton uses his signature retro graphic-arts style once again in this sweet story of perseverance and discovery as Little Crab encounters the ocean for the first time. Initially confident and excited (“I can go ANYWHERE!”), the genderless crustacean finds that a few large waves breaking over the two crabs elicit second thoughts: “I think we’ve had enough of the ocean now.” But Very Big Crab, gentle and encouraging, isn’t fazed: “Don’t worry, Little Crab….I’m here. Come! Just a few more steps.” And with one last plunge, they reach the ocean floor, where the color palette opens up in a rainbow of fish, coral, and other welcoming sea creatures. Of course, after a wonderful day, it is hard for Little Crab to go home to their tide pool. However, Very Big Crab suggests heading home the long way, and Little Crab is now definitely up for the adventure. With minimal detail, Haughton conveys the loving relationship between two small creatures, emphasizing gentle support to help little ones overcome their fear and discover their own resilience and potential.

A charming and visually stunning adventure that will resonate for children and caregivers alike. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: April 7th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-5362-1119-1
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2020


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