A cantankerous crab lives up to his name, bullying everyone in the ocean until he realizes the importance of friendship.
Peanut Butter, a sunny sea horse, and Jellyfish, a gleeful gelatinous blob, are best friends. They swim up, down and around, all over their ocean home. Unfortunately, every time they swim by Crabby, he has something mean to say. Crabby stays on the ocean floor, claws cupped to mouth, taunting, “What a bunch of bubbleheads!” and “You guys smell like rotten barnacles!” and the worst insult of all: “You guys swim like humans!” Peanut Butter and Jellyfish defiantly call back, “Driftwood and sea stones may break our bones, but words will never hurt us.” (Technically, Jellyfish doesn’t have any bones, but that’s beside the point.) But when Crabby finds himself caught in a lobster trap, his foul mouth falls silent. True to heroic form, Peanut Butter and Jellyfish save him. It’s not startlingly original, but Krosoczka’s saturated waterscape and expressive cast brighten this familiar tale. Crabby does explain that he was jealous—a look behind bullying behavior is always appreciated.
There’s nothing new under the sea, but these creatures are irrepressible, even Crabby. (Picture book. 3-6)