Don’t Worry, Little Crab
A quote from Anais Nïn—“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage”—sets the tone for this tender picture book by award-winning children’s book author-illustrator Chris Haughton (Little Owl Lost) addressing the mixed emotions young children feel when taking new, independent steps in their expanding world. “Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a tiny tide pool,” the book begins, and on this day, Very Big Crab is taking excited Little Crab to the ocean for the first time. At first sight of the enormity of the ocean and its rolling waves, however, Little Crab decides it’s time to go home. Step by slow step, with Very Big Crab’s patient encouragement, Little Crab eventually takes the plunge and discovers a world of new friends, fun, and a thirst for new adventures to come. In graphic arts-style, Haughton captures his narrative’s charm with expressive, goggle-eyed crabs; decorative sea life, bold, eye-catching shapes, saturated colors, and a dynamic use of text and white space.
Lynne Heffley ©2020 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat