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There Might Be Lobsters

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  788 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Come on, Sukie, you can do it! A little dog's paralyzing anxiety gives way to bravery when someone smaller is in need in this humorous, tenderly sympathetic story.

Lots of things at the beach scare Sukie. Lots. Because she is just a small dog, and the stairs are big and sandy, and the waves are big and whooshy, and the balls are big and beachy. And besides, there might be
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Candlewick Press (first published 2017)
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Alex  Baugh
The beach and the ocean can be a scary sight when you’re just little dog like Suki. But his owner Eleanor is determined to get her dog on the beach and into the ocean for some fun, despite all the excuses he might be able to think up to avoid the beach. After all, you can’t be too careful, and there might be lobsters. After being carried to the shore’s edge, and even with his favorite toy, Chunka Munka, by his side, Suki is scared - of the big beach ball, the salty, wet waves, lobsters. So, Suki ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lots of things at the beach scared Sukie. Lots.

Very enjoyable picture book. Sukie is a small dog on the beach with Eleanor. Sukie is afraid to come down the beach stairs and play on the beach or enter in the water. She sits at the top of stairs with her stuffed monkey, Chunka Munka (cutesy name). Eleanor tries to get Sukie involved and to enjoy herself at the beach and nothing works. She was afraid because: the waves were big; and they were whooshy; and the beach ball was big and beachy and it
This fun picture book shares a day at the beach for Eleanor and her dog, Sukie. Told from Sukie's point of view, there are many scary things at the beach: big stairs, big beach balls, big waves, and maybe even lobsters! Despite all of Eleanor's urging, Sukie refuses to go into the water; until her stuffed monkey floats out with the waves. This book has a great message about being brave and overcoming fears. Great illustrations, rendered in watercolor, acrylic, and ink pen, the artist shows all o ...more
Jenna Grodzicki
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eleanor and her dog, Sukie, are at the beach for the day. Eleanor wants to play, but Sukie is scared of so many things. She's too small to walk down the stairs, or play with the beachball, or splash in the water. But when Sukie's beloved stuffy, Chunka Munka, is carried away by a wave, Sukie must decide if she's brave enough to save him. Young readers will relate to the theme of overcoming your fears, and they will love the colorful, playful illustrations. I highly recommend this book. It's sure ...more
Jean Lee
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is hands down my kids’ favorite picture book on the sometimes irrational fears we have about the big world out there.

A little girl takes her timid pup to the beach where we witness a set of hilarious (but understandable) scenarios. The little dog is overwhelmed by the big and sandy stairs, the big and whooshy waves, the big and beachy balls, and most especially, the fact that there might be lobsters!

We are still joking about this funny read-aloud in our household and I heartily recommend i
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
It's hard for any book to live up to the hype, but this one surely does. (And of course, it's a Candlewick book.) Carolyn Crimi gives us an endearing story of friendship and overcoming fear. I may have liked this book 100% more because the stuffed monkey is named Chunka Munka, the moniker we used for my 2nd son when he was a baby. (He's now 6'5" and thin.) Molk's soft watercolors outlined with pen and ink amplify the gentle friendship between Sukie the dog and Eleanor and Sukie and her Chunka Mu ...more
Sandy Brehl
With pitch-perfect voice and pacing, this will delight the bravest audiences and the most timid. Who doesn't let imagination run wild at times, blocking the path to what we really want?
I can see this as a suitable gift for adults embarking on brave new challenges, too.
Blanco Meyers
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book because I know a border collie that is afraid of lobsters.

I really enjoyed the story and the illustrations.
Sukie's fears of what could happen were elaborate (and therefore humorous) with the inevitable result that lobsters might be involved.
Chance Lee
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-it
A precious story about an anxiety-ridden dog and her companion (stuffed) animal, Chunka Munka.

Sukie the dog is scared of everything at the beach. But when Chunka Munka gets washed out to sea, she gets to be brave! There's a hidden lobster at the end.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love can help you overcome fear of the unknown - even lobsters!
Sarah Krajewski
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I know a few little ones who will relate all too well to this one. ❤️
Becky Loader
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just remember...there might be lobsters! ;-)
Joseph Crupper
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Little Dog Sukie learns how to overcome her fears, believe in herself, and how to have fun!
Jillian Heise
Sweet story of a day at the beach from the dog's perspective. She may be scared of encountering lobsters, and worry about everything that could go wrong each step of the way, but when her friend is in peril, bravery wins out. I loved this, and think kids will, too, especially those who have dogs. Or sock monkeys.
Would be a cute pairing with Penguin Problems to compare the two characters and their worries/complaints.
Alyssa Gudenburr
A dog has anxiety about being at the beach. He eventually overcomes his fears in order to save his favorite toy. I would have liked this book better if the girl had anxiety and described how she overcame it. Good for an elementary read aloud.
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is adorable - perfect for the little dog-lover in your life. I bought it for my cousin’s daughter (who loves dogs and the beach) and she asked me to read it to her five times in a row the first night. Kid and adult approved!
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sweet book about overcoming your fears, as seen through a small dog at the beach.
I'm not sure about the title. Lots of Mainers will pick this up in hopes of finding a more lobster filled story.
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Title/Author: There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi
How would you describe the plot?
A little dog named Sukie is scared of everything at the beach. She contemplates all the bad things that could happen while she’s there. She has to get over her fear when her favorite stuffed animal is swept into the ocean. She swam through all her fears to save her friend. She felt braver than ever.
How would you describe the characters?
Sukie is a small, timid dog who overthinks everything.
What is the main conf
May 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
There Might Be Lobsters

By Carolyn Crimi

Illustrated by Laurel Molk

This is a perfect book to begin your summer, especially if you’re making your first trip to the beach and your little ones are feeling a little uneasy about the experience, just as Suki does in There Might Be Lobsters. I especially loved the illustrations in the story. Suki’s expressions, the blue of the water and Eleanor’s delight in spending a day at the beach were expressed beautifully on every page.

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Breann Jones
I think this book was very heart warming and enjoyable. This book is clearly read for entertainment, but I think it has a great message along with it. The message I got from this book is about overcoming fears, especially for those you love. In the story, Sukie is terrified of water, and spends most of the book facing his fears, and watching them right before his eyes. I think this might be great for students trying to overcome a fear, and even a student with anxiety. For example, a student with ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Crimi, Carolyn There Might Be Lobsters, illustrated by Laurel Molk. PICTURE BOOK. Candlewick, 2017. $17.

Sukie the dog has gone with her girl for a day at the beach. But Sukie is afraid of everything - that is until she has to be brave to rescue her Chunka Munka.

I’m going to read this out loud a lot just so that I can say “Chunka Munka” lots of times! Great combination of text and illustrations. With all of the anxiety assigned to the dog, this could be a way to start a conversation about fears
Danielle H
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was apparently on a buy books about anxiety kick last spring it seems, but I very much enjoyed this story. I felt having there be a variety of fears and hesitations was very legitimate in how anxiety can present, and done in kid friendly ways with humor. It's wasn't just a fear of the beach as a whole, but specific things all layered on one another, some seen and some unseen, and that's important sometimes to think about. What are the little things I need to overcome that will get me to the ul ...more
Madi Ekholm
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mental-illness
There Might Be Lobsters Is a book about a little dog named Sukie. Especially because she is a little dog, everything around her is just too big and scary. Soon, little sukie’s stuffy Chunka Monka gets swept away by the water. And Sukie has to decide, is facing her greatest fear worth saving her best friend? Yes of course. I think that this story fits well into this test set because it touches on not only fear but also overcoming it. And how with a little faith, you can overcome anything that lif ...more
Ashleigh Best
"There Might Be Lobsters" has a unique way of displaying to children that it is important to conquer your fears. In the book, Sukie is terrified of going anywhere on the beach. She comes up with so many excuses (many are a bit ridiculous), but the main excuse is always, "There might be lobsters!" However, when her stuffed animal friend, Chunka Munka floats off into the ocean and begins to sink, she automatically dives into the water to save her friend. This book gives the important message to ch ...more
Blaine Gerdes
Eleanor and her dog, Sukie, are at the beach to play and swim. Eleanor wants to play, but Sukie is scared that many of the things Eleanor wants to do will hurt her. She's too small to walk down the stairs, or play with the beachball because it might pop and be too loud, or splash in the water because they might toss her in the water and she might float away. But when Sukie's monkey Chunka Munka, starts to sink snd float away, Sukie decides that she is going to rescue him. Young readers will rela ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sukie, the dog, is afraid of so much about a day at the beach. Eleanor helps her dog and his monkey toy to do things to enjoy the beach and water. Sukie finally gets in the water when Chunka Munka does. Soothing to read this to a child with fears of water, or new adventures and talk about it.
I think kids would love this book and relate to Sukie or Eleanor. The illustrator has done a nice job with additions in the pictures for the story like the dog and his toy on the beach blanket at the end. An
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I cannot seem to find the article I saw recently where an author recommended this book, but I'm so glad I immediately put the book on hold! Anxiety-ridden Suki (a dog) has a mind that runs a-mile-a-minute, just like mine! Beyond my kinship with the dog, though, I appreciate the simple storyline, the encouraging Eleanor, and the name of the stuffed monkey, Chunka Munka (I am prone to calling adorably curvaceous babies "chunk-a-munks"). All in all, this book is going to be a fun one to add to the ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, 2018
Parents will likely recognize themselves in the young girl, Eleanor, and their anxious child in Sukie—but what an adorable pup that kids can’t help but fall in love with. This story of overcoming an anxious situation through a brave act may be helpful for kids getting out of their own debilitating dialog and having empathy for another—and taking action to be a more engaged and relaxed individual, even in setting that can make one nervous. Great expressions n each of the illustrations—relatable!
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The dog, Sukie, is afraid of everything! Eleanor takes her pet to the beach but Sukie stays on the sand with the toy monkey, Chunka Munka. Eleanor tries to encourage Sukie but he just watches all the fun. A wave comes in to take Chunka Munka out to sea and Sukie goes out to save his toy. Sukie is proud of his bravery and he didn't even see a lobster at all! A wonderful story about taking chances and being brave even though one can be scared about possible problems! Laurel Molk's illustrations ar ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great anxiety picture book with a child + dog (as opposed to mother & child). Her dog has a long list of fears as to why he's scared of participating in activities in a beach. For children with anxiety (especially those also on autism spectrum) they can't always communicate why something that seems simple to others seems overwhelming to them. The fear that there might be lobsters (or other items on a long list of fears) is very real to them; this is a nice way of discussing anxieties at a remo ...more
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Carolyn Crimi, AKA the Pirate Queen, is the author of numerous books for young readers, including BORIS AND BELLA, illustrated by Gris Grimly. Of HENRY AND THE BUCCANEER BUNNIES, she says, "While I don't have long floppy ears or a pro-nounced overbite, Henry and I are kindred spirits, who love books and carrots!"

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