Children's LiteratureNipper the Crab hates his large claws. They always get in the way when he tries to play games with his friends. He cannot even play hide-and-seek because his claws have broken his favorite hiding place. His friends have a plan, though. They decide that they will hide and Nipper can find them. But when Octopus hides in the seaweed, he becomes stuck. Nobody seems to be able to help himuntil Nipper comes to the rescue. His claws snip and clip until Octopus is freed. Ruth Galloway has created a delightful book for young children with beautiful watercolor illustrations. Vivid colors and bold strokes enforce the style of this talented artist. Alliteration, which is so popular in children's books now, fits this story very well. Big dots and colorful squiggles will delight young ones when they are reading this book or just being read to. Ms. Galloway is the author of Fidgety Fish, Smiley Shark, and other "Tiger Tales" books. 2005, Little Tiger Press, Ages 6 mo. to 5.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-K-Nipper the Crab hates his claws, which seem to get in the way when he is playing with the other sea animals. However, the appendages prove to be the only thing that can save Octopus when he gets tangled in seaweed. All of the creatures are friendly and welcoming, even when Nipper causes chaos in their games. Galloway has a smooth style-the story floats along without noticeable bumps; the onomatopoeia and alliteration, along with the brightly colored, attractive illustrations, make this a good choice for storytimes. And the final lesson-that everyone has a special gift-will be reassuring to youngsters who may feel a little clumsy, too.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsA seaworthy twist on loving yourself for the gifts you have. Nipper the Crab wishes he didn't have huge clumsy claws that are always in the way and cause him to break things. His friends, Octopus, Jellyfish and Turtle, are understanding, encouraging him to play other games with them, but with similar results-Nipper's claws cause him to be clumsy. Until one day during a game of hide-and-seek, Octopus gets caught in some seaweed, and Nipper finally realizes their value. Onomatopoeia helps make light of Nipper's mishaps, but is not enough to save the tale from mediocrity and predictability. The illustrations just may, however; they are brightly colored, cheerful cartoons that will delight young readers. Cute, but not the best of the genre. (Picture book. 3-7)
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