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?
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.
Sponge Bob fans will like the illustration style and gruff dialogue of the story's main character.
Crabby isn't a pleasant person and takes pride in his attitude. His gruffness / edginess may not appeal to some readers.
This is part of a learning-to-read series that uses comic strip-like panels to help tell the story.
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.
7 and Up
5 to 9
Skip. There are other, better easy readers out there.