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There Might Be Lobsters

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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 (not a dude) 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
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
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
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
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.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I arrived early at a librarian get-together and was delightfully treated to a storytime of this book with my coworker’s young daughter. A girl and her puppy go to the beach, but the reluctant puppy does not want to participate in anything because there might be lobsters. Very cute!
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.
Becky Loader
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just remember...there might be lobsters! ;-)
Mrs. Krajewski
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I know a few little ones who will relate all too well to this one. ❤ ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love can help you overcome fear of the unknown - even lobsters!
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, picture-book
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!
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 ...more
mary dewley
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Such a cute story, especially for children who might suffer from anxiety. They will be able to connect with Sukie who learns to overcome her fears and rescue her beloved Chunka Munka. When I re-read the book, there were so many things I had missed the first time through. Eleanor's bag has a lobster on it, a seagull flying with a cheeseburger in it's mouth and the animals stealing Sukie's dog treats.
Tyler Wansack
There Might Be Lobsters is a wonderful book that carries the message of getting over fears as a child. As humans we make things seem scarier and worse than they really are. This book is a great book for the children that are over cautious about things and cant seem to relax and let loose to have fun sometimes due to fears. The illustrations are colorful and exciting and they keep the reader engaged and interested the entire story. This is a wonderful book for all classroom types.
Hannah Feeney
I adore this book. I immediately fell in love with Sukie. She is a small dog afraid of so many things at the beach, especially because there might be lobsters. Suki's owner Eleanor doesn't want Suki to be scared so he can play on the beach with her. The illustrations are beautiful and I love how they filled almost the entirety of each page with the bright and compelling pictures. I want to read more by Carolyn Crimi.
Paige Brown
This book is a great book to talk about fears and overcoming them, but it a simpler way. Many children may have fears and in this story, it's lobsters. This books compares fears to a much simpler object that children may also be able to relate to. Also, the book takes place at a beach. This is a good book to introduce to students who have and have not been to the beach. You can talk about what you might see or have seen. The illustrations are detailed.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sadie is a very small dog with a really big fear of almost everything, especially lobster. A fun day at the beach with her favorite person becomes a nightmare as she considers the dangers that might be at the beach. When her best friend is threatened, Sadie must conquer her fears to help her friend. Great book about bravery and taking a chance. Perfect for parents with children who are timid or shy.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I didn't read the description closely so I picked this up thinking the little girl was Sukie! Nope. Sukie is a cute little dog with a faithful stuffed companion named Chunka Munka (love this name!) and a human owner named Eleanor. Since I couldn't make it to the beach, I wanted to scan a book with sun, sand, and fun. This book delivered. It is a beautifully illustrated story about fear and conquering it. Fun read for the family.
James Bailey
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this picture book. Little Sukie (dog) is afraid of everything...sand, water, and especially lobsters. She's not able to even enjoy her visit to the beach. However, when her friend, Chunka Munka (stuffed animal), gets lost in the water- she must overcome her fears to save him. A great story about overcoming fear and not worrying about everything that could happen.
Viviane Elbee
The kids really enjoyed this book and looking for lobsters.

The illustrations are fantastic and the little girl has such fun postures and expressions.

Sukie the very small dog (and hero in the book) is very cute and may appeal to dog lovers.

This book is slightly on the longer side, so it's better for older preschoolers and elementary kids who can sit through a longer story.
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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!"