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Don't Worry, Little Crab

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  693 ratings  ·  131 reviews
From the award-winning creator of Shh! We Have a Plan comes a vibrantly colorful story about mustering the courage to try something new.

Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a tiny rock pool near the sea. Today they’re going for a dip in the big ocean. “This is going to be so great,” says Little Crab, splish-splashing and squelch-squelching along, all the way to the very e
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by Walker Books (first published June 2019)
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Whispering Stories
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a rock pool beside the sea. One day they decide to venture into the sea and Little Crab is excited until he sees how big the sea is and how huge the waves are.

Little Crab is scared but with help from Very Big Crab, they slowly edge closer and closer until they are eventually in the sea. But what will happen to them as a humongous wave is heading their way?

Don’t Worry, Little Crab is a lovely young children’s book abo
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Watched Tom Hardy read this on CBeebies Bedtime Stories. As a scuba diver I love pretty much anything to do with sea creatures so this was adorable. Even as an adult it's good to be reminded that if you're brave a whole new world will open to up to you. ...more
Alex  Baugh
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book, anxiety
One day, Very Big Crab tells Little Crab it's time to leave their tide pool and head to the ocean. At first, Little Crab is very excited to be going somewhere, but when they reach the ocean, it's a whole different story. As the waves come nearer and get bigger, so does Little Crab's reluctance and anxiety. As Very Big Crab gently encourages and reassures Little Crab, the two manage to slowly get closer and closer to the ocean, until enormous wave comes along and washes them down, down, down into ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Little Crab is nervous about making his first trip from the tide pool to the ocean, but soon discovers he has nothing to fear.

The gorgeous illustrations by the author make this a journey worth taking.


Jillian Heise
This book is fantastic!! About bravery when scared of the unknown and the way those around with more experience can help guide you slowly through trying something new. And the surprises that can be found when trying something new, even if it's scary at first. I especially love the step by step, patient, & supportive way Big Crab helps Little Crab face that fear. Will pair perfectly with There Might Be Lobsters & Jabari Jumps. ...more
A cute little crab is going to make his first trip to the big big sea!

I was absolutely delighted that my library had this one in their collection, it is pretty rare to find new English books, so I do a little dance each time they add something new that I wanted to read/looks interesting.

This book was just so much fun, and I read it aloud to my hubbie who also had a laugh about the story.

In this story it is the very first time the little crab goes to the big wide sea with very big crab. He is qui
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading picture books with Teddy is one of the great joys of my life. Now that he's old enough to enjoy them, we are having so much fun reading together. I honestly feel weepy just thinking about it, about how much he loves this book about crabs facing their fears and exploring the ocean! Being a mom is so weird and awesome. ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a tide pool, and they are heading to the big ocean. Little Crab is excited at first, but the ocean intimidates Little Crab. Very Big Crab offers support, and together they have an adventure in the ocean.

Great illustrations, with lots of lovely sound effects in the text that bring the experience to life.
Abby Johnson
SUPER CUTE. I love this book. Little Crab is visiting the big ocean for the first time and equal parts excited about nervous about it. This is perfect for young readers who are nervous to try something new and the child's sensibility is spot on. Little Crab reminds me so much of my niece who was 2 last summer and loved her neighborhood pool, but found parts of the water slides and play space a little intimidating. Great for storytime, great for individual sharing. Love it. ...more
Emily Foster
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A crab and his parent entering the sea for the first time.
Very bright pictures and I really like the use of onomatopoeia especially for EYFS and KS1 children, make it very engaging for them.
Teaches about bravery and how rewarding it can be and I really enjoyed that message.
Really recommend.
Change is exciting and also scary.
Richie Partington
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks, a-list
Richie’s Picks: DON’T WORRY, LITTLE CRAB by Chris Haughton, Candlewick, April 2020, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-1119-1

“I rest my resistance fall piece by piece into peace
And slip like the water back into the sea”
-- Edie Brickell, “This Eye” (1990)

‘I don’t think I like the ocean,’ says Little Crab. ‘Maybe we should go home.’
‘Don’t worry, Little Crab,’ says Very Big Crab. ‘I’m here. Come! Just a few more steps.’
Little Crab takes a step…then another...until…”

“It’s important to acknowledge your c
J.L. Slipak
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

With all the crises around us today, I thought this book would be a good choice for reading and reviewing. I really love the whole package. Simplicity at its best. I’m glad for this so that the messages don’t get lost in all the bells and whistles that some books provide.

Messages about anxiety and fears, worries and uncertainties that young readers experience especially during this year, are address with kindness, calmness, soft strength and
Eileen Winfrey
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s hard for me to give 5 stars (I always think: did I really like it THAT much?), but I did just dearly love this book and chuckled all the way through. I should give this to our school counselor, but I selfishly want to get to read this to the kids myself. A charming story about a little crab who is SO EXCITED to go to the ocean. Except when it gets there, the ocean is so BIG. Fortunately, Big Crab is there to encourage Little Crab the rest of the way. Charming. Love the illustrations. Love e ...more
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
This is a super cute picture book about a big crab and a little crab that live in a small tidepool and decide to travel to the big ocean! Little Crab is hesitant and not sure about it, but Big Crab urges him on! Once they're in the ocean, Little Crab doesn't want to go home!

The illustrations are gorgeous! Especially the underwater ones! The text is simple and great for beginner readers and includes a lot of fun onomatopoeia as well!

This is a beautiful exploration of being brave, trying new thi
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very well received in storytime.
Kelsey McLane
This was a daily read for Leo. Loved the exploration and the illustrations--and encouraging littles to try something new!
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely little story about conquering fear and getting help to do it. Fear of the ocean in particular, but it could apply to a number of scenarios...
Sandy Brehl
Bold graphic illustrations bring to like minimal text with "all the feels" of ambivalence. Little Crab's eager longing for the sea confronts the very real worries he has about its dangers. Crab will delight the bravest audiences and the most timid. Who doesn't harbor actual concerns about something that feels totally natural and appealing?
I can see this as a suitable gift for adults embarking on brave new challenges, too.
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Felt a lot longer than Haughton's previous books. Read this with Mister last night, and from the very beginning we had to stop and figure out and explain what a tide pool was (he had no frame of reference). Once we had that sorted, he had a lot of fun with the movements of the crabs, and he LOVED the WHOOSH of the waves. We acted that out as we read, so he could have done that over and over.

When we finally got to the undersea part, Mister's attention was flagging. I tried to draw him back by ta
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a lovely story and is perfect for all children, especially when they might feel nervous about a new experience. ‘Don’t Worry, Little Crab’ is a hardback book with matt pages inside which have some very colourful illustrations and text. Little Crab and Very Big Crab are heading to the sea. Little Crab is excited, but when he sees the waves, and how big they are, he’s not so sure anymore.

The story is such a cute one and I think everyone, adults as well as children will enjoy looking a
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Little Crab lives with Very Big Crab in a small tide pool, but now they are off to the ocean! At first Little Crab is very excited. They journey over rocks, across pools, and through seaweed to get there, each with its own special sound. When they reach the edge of the ocean though, Little Crab is overwhelmed and not sure they should continue. There are big waves that hit them over and over again. Little Crab decides it’s time to head home instead, but Very Big Crab continues to encourage Little ...more
Li Or
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don't Worry Little Crab is perfect for a child who is anxious about going *somewhere*. It could be going into the sea, it could be going to nursery or school - or going anywhere that may be a little scary for them.

In this book, a little crab is scared of going into the scary-looking sea with its big waves, but once the Big Crab patiently and kindly encourages him to go underwater, a whole new world of fun, colour and joy is revealed to little crab. It's a lovely idea and I think it will do a gre
Alex  Baugh
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, anxiety
One day, Very Big Crab tells Little Crab it's time to leave their tide pool and head to the ocean. At first, Little Crab is very excited to be going somewhere, but when they reach the ocean, it's a whole different story. As the waves come nearer and get bigger, so does Little Crab's reluctance and anxiety. As Very Big Crab gently encourages and reassures Little Crab, the two manage to slowly get closer and closer to the ocean, until enormous wave comes along and washes them down, down, down into ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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There's something mesmerizing about the greens and blues and black/purple of the sea and sky and ocean in contrast with the red-yellow-purple of the very big crab and Little Crab. The digital illustration is flat saturation but dynamic and dramatic on the full pages in particular. The Whoosh! on the two-page spreads are palpable.

Little Crab takes a step..then another...until...there's one entire page with a large image of Little Crab with a simple line for the path. Very effective. And the brill
Juli Anna
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
As an anxious Cancer, this book hit close to home for me! What a gem. Little Crab will win you over with their trials, and the illustrations do an incredible job of building their seaside world. I couldn't believe the expression portrayed in these abstract, eyes-only crab faces: truly remarkable. This is a book (along with Grumpy Pants and Archie Snufflekins Oliver Valentine Cupcake Tiberius Cat) that I will gift again and again to the kiddos in my life. ...more
Mary Judy
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
With extraordinary, bright, designerly illustrations, this is a story of finding the courage to discover things and have new experiences. The reassuring presence of Very Big Crab inspires Little Crab to extend boundaries and still feel safe. In that moment of plunging into the sea, we find real joy and understanding; to add to our own knowledge, both emotionally and of the physical world. It addresses the notion of worry and anxiety in a way that gives comfort and encouragement. The illustration ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first time you stand on the shores of one of the Great Lakes or a sea or an ocean, the vastness of the water spread before you is a stunning revelation. Being near something so large the opposite shore is not visible, shifts your perspective. You always knew it was immense but now, while having a special beauty, it's a bit daunting.

Your respect for this watery vision grows and little trickles of fear zing through your body. You wonder about the safeness of leaving the shore. Don't Worry, Lit
Anna Gamble
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is outstanding!! It offers everything you could wish for in a picture book. The adorable story of a little crab on his first trip to the sea, will delight any preschool child, in fact my 6 year old loved it too. Little Crab’s uncertainty is something all children (and adults) can identify with and it’s a real joy to see him overcome his fear and more.
Chris Haughton has a clear style and his illustrations are simple and eye-catching. My 4 year old and 6 year old loved studying them.
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Chris Haughton is an Irish illustrator and author living in London. He was listed in Time magazine's 'DESIGN 100' for the work he has been doing for fair trade clothing company People Tree. His debut book 'A Bit Lost' was first published in English in September 2010. It has been translated into 15 languages and won 9 awards in 7 countries including the Dutch Picturebook of the Year.
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