Crabby Crab

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Theme: Feeling Grumpy. Crabby Crab is not in a good mood. No, Crabby Crab would rather complain than do anything else! Young readers will be drawn in by this humorous look into an all-too-familiar situation, and be comforted in the end. Chris Raschka’s expert balance of visual and textual humor will charm even the grumpiest of readers!

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Overview


Theme: Feeling Grumpy. Crabby Crab is not in a good mood. No, Crabby Crab would rather complain than do anything else! Young readers will be drawn in by this humorous look into an all-too-familiar situation, and be comforted in the end. Chris Raschka’s expert balance of visual and textual humor will charm even the grumpiest of readers!

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"Thank you, Chris Raschka, for reviving this sublimely ridiculous series. Chrissy Chris!"
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Cleverly explore the sense and sensibilities of toddlerhood. They also feature the author/illustrator’s trademark charm and quirky sense of humor."
--School Library Journal

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School Library Journal
05/01/2014
PreS—The thing about Raschka's "Thingy Things" books, some of which were originally published in 2000 by Hyperion, is that they cleverly explore the sense and sensibilities of toddlerhood. They also feature the author/illustrator's trademark charm and quirky sense of humor. The two brand-new titles feature Cowy Cow, who is fond of spouting big ideas even when she's not sure that she knows what she's talking about, and Crabby Crab, who is unhappy with the way he looks, moves, and interacts with the world until he is assured that he is lovable just the way he is. The minimalist artwork features basic shapes and fluid black ink outlines, accented with bright brush strokes of color. Raschka conveys oodles of personality and emotion with the simplest dot or squiggle to show facial features and body language. The subjects take center stage on each spread with a single sentence appearing on the opposite page. It's great to have some new books in this appealing series, and parents and their toddlers will be anxious to seek out all of the "Thingy Things" they can find. Look for Lamby Lamb and Whaley Whale (both Abrams, 2014), too.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-02-26
The Thingy Things are back, and they're thingy-er than ever, with two new entries and the republication of two earlier titles. Poor Crabby Crab is down in the dumps. The text tells readers that he doesn't like the way he walks (sideways), that he wants fingers instead of claws, and that he thinks his "eight beautiful legs" are "ridiculous." Bold outlines embellished with loose, splotchy brush strokes of acrylic color on colored-paper backgrounds depict Crabby Crab in simple poses that emphasize these various points of his character. The resulting series of uncluttered, expressive portraits supports the simple text, which culminates in an emphatic declaration of unconditional love to the contrary crustacean from the narrator and implied readership: "Crabby Crab, we love you just the way you are. // Even when you're crabby! / Crabby Crab!" The new companion title, Cowy Cow, indulges in further goofy simplicity to reveal some of the bovine heroine's "one hundred ideas" and ultimately declare her "a genius. / Cowy Cow!" While the books could serve as short-but-sweet read-aloud fare, they can easily double as accessible, silly texts for new readers to tackle on their own, as well. Seeing the light of day again are Lamby Lamb and Whaley Whale. Thank you, Chris Raschka, for reviving this sublimely ridiculous series. Chrissy Chris! (Picture book. 2-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419710568
  • Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Series: Thingy Things Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 771,571
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Chris Raschka has published over 60 children’s books, including the 2012 Caldecott Medal winner A Ball for Daisy. His other books include the 2006 Caldecott Medal winner The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster; the Caldecott Honor book Yo! Yes?, and the ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book Good Sports. He lives in New York City Cit!
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