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.
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.