Chris Haughton, multi-award winning author of Oh No, George and A Bit Lost is back with a new picture book, aimed at the same age group, but this time based in a rockpool, with crab at the core of the story. A story about building up courage and momentum to try something never tried before, Don’t Worry, Little Crab is a joy to read with the young ones.
Very Big Crab and Little Crab co-habit a tiny rockpool. Today, they’re going for a dip in the sea. “This is going to be so great!” says Little Crab. But then Little Crab catches a first glimpse of the water… Oh. The waves! They’re ENORMOUS. “JEEPERS!” Will Little Crab be brave enough to go in?
It’s a wonderfully illustrated tale about trying that thing for the first time, the creeping nerves and anxiety that comes with the territory and the reassurance that with these things, mostly it will be just fine. The waves pull Little Crab down into the depths of the blue wonders of the sea, the beguiling sea life and gems hidden down below.
The shapes and colours are vibrant and appealing to toddlers, and the story, manageable, there is a fear of the unknown this crab is facing, and the only way to deal with it, is to confront it face on, pincers at the ready. It’s another fantastic picture book from the prolific illustrator and designer.
Little Crab is a character we can all relate to, and Very Big Crab also, and this is one to be shared, allowing a little bonding between parent and child. They are both able to step into the toes of these characters and makes for lovely reading, as the encouragement comes through the tale to try new things. Haughton has certainly done it again with this stunningly published book, a warm-hearted tale based at the sea-bed.
Don’t Worry, Little Crab is availble now, published by Walker Books.