DON’T WORRY, LITTLE CRAB. Written and illustrated by Chris Haughton. Candlewick Press. Ages 2-5. $17.99.
This book is like WE ARE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT with an ocean setting. Little Crab and Very Big Crab decide to leave their tidal pool and go to the ocean. They pass through rocks (tic-a-tic tic-a-tic), more pools (splish splash, splish splash), and slimy, slippery seaweed (squelch, squelch, squelch). Then, they come great whooshing waves. Little Crab is afraid, but with Very Big Crab’s help, they inch their way in. New friends welcome them to fun on the barrier reef. Illustrated with striking graphic design, this book’s enduring message is to be brave and try new things.