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Clumsy Crab

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Snippety-snap! Nipper is a clumsy crab. His huge claws always get in the way! When he tries to play catch-the-bubble with his friends, he accidentally pops the bubble. When everyone plays tag, Nipper trips on one of his claws. And when Nipper and his pals play hide-and-seek, Nipper's big claws smash his hiding place! So Nipper looks for his friends. He finds Turtle and Jel ...more
Published April 1st 2005 by Little Tiger Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Sophia Triad
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Nipper, the Crab, has big claws and hates them....until he saves his friend and finds them useful.
Adorable story about everyone's different talents and potentials.
Kristi Bernard
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Clumsy Crab is a great story by Ruth Galloway. This is a story for early readers. This story teaches friendship and that everyone has great abilities.

Nipper the crab doesn't like his crabby claws. They are big and clumsy. He can't play catch the bubble with his friends because his clumsy claws always burst the bubbles. He tried to play tag but he tripped and stumbled. During a game of hide and seek with his friends he was counting and heard Octopus yell for help. He was tangled in seaweed. N
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: everybody-books
Proves everyone has their own talents!
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My 3-year old sat still through the whole reading (which is extremely unusual) then demanded I read it again and again. This equals a 5-star review to me.

...also, it is a great book in general. Self-love is an important topic at any age.
Syntha Green
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Clumsy Crab doesn't like his claws because they always get in the way, but then they help save the day. ...more
Friendship and appreciating your own gifts and talents are the main themes of this cute picture book. Great illustrations, perfect for story time.
Miss Sarah
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
A crab spends the day with his ocean friends but every game gets ruined by his claws. Are his claws helpful or hurtful? Toddler and up
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Simple story about a crab who is embarrassed by his clumsy claws, until he uses them to save the day. Cute but not very memorable, and a common trope in kids' entertainment. ...more
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really cute, wonderfully colorful story about diversity and making the most of whatever assets you have. Vivid illustrations that pop off the pages.
Jessica Sommers
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book is about a very clumsy crab named Nipper. This crab has huge claws that usually tend to get in the way of everything. His claws are so big they even get in the way when he is just trying to play with his friends. One day though, his claws become every useful! One of his friends ends up being caught in seaweed. Without Nipper, his friend would not have been saved!

I really enjoyed this book! My favorite aspect were how friendly the illustrations were and the emotions the crab had!

This wo
Kira Richardson
May 03, 2010 rated it liked it
This book has an important message that will be valuable to young children. We are all different but special in our own way. This book can serve as a confidence booster and also let students know that while we all may have different physical characteristics they make us who we are and we should embrace them. This could be read to a class when an issue arises or just as part of the regular yearly class books.
Meghan Hunt
Jan 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: jp-picture-books
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Abbi Kraus
The Crab in this book is embarrassed of his big claws and thinks that they are useless and get in the way. When Octopus gets stuck in some seaweed, Nipper (the crab) is able to clip the seaweed away and free him. This helps him realize that he has a strength after all. This is a great book for self-esteem and disabilities.
Jul 03, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
Clumsy Crab is well...clumsy. He can't seem to get through a game with his ocean friends without ruining it for them. It turns out his claws come in useful in at least one game of hide-n-seek, thus justifying his crabby existence! Voila! ...more
Jun 15, 2008 rated it liked it
This book is great for younger children when learning about "ocean life". It mentions various animals you would see under sea and great illustrations of what ocean life looks like. It would be a great introductory to an ocean lesson. ...more
Jun 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Nipper the crab's clumsy claws seem useless and get in the way, but they finally come in handy when he uses them to rescue Octopus from a tangle of seaweed. Ehhhh. Everything has a use, help your friends...I'd use this in storytime, but it didn't do a lot for me. ...more
Crab is feeling clumsy because he breaks everything with his claws, but when Octapus gets caught in some seaweed, they need Crab's claws to get him out. I like this book because everyone has something they don't like about themselves, but we need to see how it can turn to good. ...more
Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Another cutesy, feel good picture book about a crab who doesn't like his big claws because they get in the way, until he discovers what they are really good for. A little message heavy for my tastes. ...more
This was another out-cast book. The main character has huge claws that always get n the way and ruin everything for him. Well one day his huge claws come in handy to save his friend. The meaning is that no matter who you are, you are always good for something and you should value yourself.
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I really think these books are adorable and humorous.
Apr 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animal, easy
Nipper's huge clumsy claws are always giving him trouble. He is able to finally use his claws to rescue his friend, Octopus. ...more
Dec 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The rhymes and the illustrations were cute. The story was ok.
Nipper the crab hates his huge, clumsy claws until his friend Octopus gets tangled up in some seaweed and only Nipper can free him.
Anna Johnson
Great colorful illustrations encourage children to make predictions, describe a few ocean animals and sequence events of a story. A great read for students who lack confidence.
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I love the themes of diversity and accepting your differences in this book.
Olson Family Matters
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: pre-k-science
Cute story about a crab - does not teach much about crabs though
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: K-1st
3.5 Nipper, a crab, decides his claws get in the way, but they come in handy.
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wesley's first book he took out at pre-school: SNIP SNAP SNIP SNAP... ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book about a little crab who can't do what other sea friends can. But then an opportunity arises when he saves the day! Great book introducing rare words, sea creatures and alliteration! ...more
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