An Under-the-Sea Easy Reader | *Contains spoilers*

Summary:

Crabby is a crustacean that personifies his name: he's crabby! He relishes being grumpy, but Plankton is determined to make him un-crabby. When a joke doesn't work, Plankton bakes a chocolate cake. Is Crabby happy now?


Parent Perspective:
This book surprised me. The panels work well and I like that some action is merely visual, allowing young readers to add their own pieces to the story. But it ends there.

I kept hoping that when I turned the page, something positive would happen. Plankton is trying to be a friend, but Crabby continues his sour attitude and, worse, his behavior. That he didn't acknowledge Plankton's kindness to bake him a cake but could take another piece made ME crabby. I really didn't like that the story ended with Plankton steamed and Crabby sneaking something so that he wouldn't have to "admit" he liked the gesture.
 


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Sponge Bob fans will like the illustration style and gruff dialogue of the story's main character.

Content Awareness Factors:

Crabby isn't a pleasant person and takes pride in his attitude. His gruffness / edginess may not appeal to some readers.


Type of Book:
This is part of a learning-to-read series that uses comic strip-like panels to help tell the story.
Educational Themes:

Going beyond the story, there are opportunities to talk about relationships, manners, and social cues.

While most will see that Plankton was trying to change Crabby to a happy crab, maybe he pushed too hard. For kids on the Autism Spectrum who don't always catch situational cues, this could be a book illustrating what to look for.

Reading Level:
1.8
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 9
Purchase Recommendation:
Skip. There are other, better easy readers out there.

Title Hello, Crabby!
About

A Crabby Book, Book 1

Author Jonatan Fenske
Publisher Acorn, Imprint Scholastic Inc. © 2019
Illustrators Jonathan Fenske
ISBN 9781338281514
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.99
Genres Animal Character, Easy Reader, Emotions and Feelings, Friendship, Humor
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