You’re A Crab by Jenny Whitehead

Posted May 4, 2015 by Sara | Novel Novice 2 Comments

Sometimes, you’re just crabby for no good reason — and that’s a-okay, is the message behind Jenny Whitehead’s latest picture book, You’re A Crab.

you're a crabSome days, it’s easy to feel friendly or funny or silly. But other days, it’s easier to feel mad or mean or snappy—in other words, to be a crab.

In this accessible introduction to moods and feelings, children will meet an underwater world full of friendly creatures, including a little crab whose changing moods show that it’s okay to have days when you’re feeling a little bit under the weather. Things will turn around soon enough!

Not only does Whitehead introduce young readers to different emotions and feelings, but she shows that not all feelings are good — and crabby moods can’t always be cured by a joke or a hug. Sometimes you need to be left alone to mope for a while — and it’s okay to do that.

You’re A Crab also points out that even if you may experience a bad mood sometimes, it doesn’t last — because moods never do. There are ups and downs, and everything in between.

The book also serves as a good reminder that the ones who really love you, will love you through all of your moods (from good to grumpy) — and will give you the space you need, when you need it, and be there when you’re ready for companionship again. (An important reminder even for us adults, sometimes, too!)

Look for You’re A Crab in stores June 2nd.


Sara | Novel Novice

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2 responses to “You’re A Crab by Jenny Whitehead

  1. I was really happy to read your review because you completely got what I was trying to accomplish with this book! It was inspired by my 8 year old who was in a crabby mood one day after school. I jokingly called her “a crab” which she wasn’t too happy about 🙂 Then, I tried cheering her up pretending to be a lobster “pinching her with my claws” (tickling) but she wouldn’t have anything to do with it. I realized then she needed space to unwind and decompress on her own. I told her I was upstairs if she needed to talk. She came out of her mood after awhile and all was fine—she just needed the time to do it in her own way. Watching the process of her mood changing and thinking of how underwater animals have natural mood-type personalities (“mopey as a manatee”), it all came together! (On a side note, I did all of the illustrations in tissue paper…so fun to use if your readers want to try it.) Thank you, again! Happy Reading!
    Jenny Whitehead

  2. Pat Monreal

    I agree. Jenny Whitehead’s latest book is not only tons of fun, but has a good message for all of us – young and old. You can just get lost in the illustrations. My grandchildren are crazy about it!

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