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Joshua and the Big Bad Blue Crabs

Joshua and the Big Bad Blue Crabs

by Mark Childress, Mary B. Brown (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Joshua must deliver his mother's freshly-baked huckleberry pie to his granny who lives along the Magnolia River. On the way, his pie is captured and eaten by an army of nasty Big Bad Blue Crabs. Of course, his mother does not believe his story, but he persuades her to bake another pie and manages to outsmart the crabs and deliver a rather crushed pie to his granny. However, when Granny is missing a cake she baked, once again Joshua is accused of eating a dessert he has never even tasted. He calls a truce with the Big Blue Crabs and they befriend him. In the future, he decides that when he delivers pies to his granny, he'll go across the bridge, the long way round. The language in this Southern tale is spiced with humor and local flavor.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2In the process of rowing a boat containing a huckleberry pie across the swamp to his grandmother, Joshua gets waylaid by a contingent of crabs ("They were big. They were blue. They were bad.") who steal the pie. After a couple of skirmishes with them, Joshua strikes a bargain: he won't trap or eat them in gumbo anymore if they stop stealing all the sweets his mother and grandmother bake. Then they all celebrate at the crabs' shindig, where the main course is chocolate cake with coconut frosting (suspiciously resembling Joshua's birthday cake that had disappeared). To accompany this lighthearted story, Brown has created delightfully humorous pictures of mean-looking crabs and friendly swamp life.Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

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Little, Brown and Company
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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