Amelia McInerney, Philip Bunting
Get set for one shell of a story as this impulsive crab grabs life by the claws! A tale so tall you will pinch yourself. For ages 2 to 8, this almost-wordless picture book is excellent for developing visual literacy. Humour and a highly flawed main character (although cheeky and cute) allow exploration of this deceptively simple book’s many themes: kindness, friendship, forgiveness and revenge, empathy and the consequences of our actions, as we see Bad Crab learning to keep his/her claws to him/herself. Once they know the storyline, even the tiniest tots will enjoy taking ownership of this book and sit and ‘read’ it to themselves or their stuffed toys, following Phillip Bunting’s gorgeous and emotive illustrations and telling the story in their own words.