Lots of things at the beach scare Sukie. Lots. Because she is just a small dog, and the stairs are big and sandy, and the waves are big and whooshy, and the balls are big and beachy. And besides, there might be lobsters. With endearing illustrations and a perfectly paced text that captures a timid pup’s looping thoughts, here is a funny and honest read-aloud about how overwhelming the world can be when you’re worried — and how empowering it is to overcome your fears when it matters the most.
Why I love this book
This new hit is endearing from the soft watercolor and acrylic paintings to the age appropriate and sometimes silly text describing what might become of Sukie should she venture down the steps to the beach, play with the beach ball or romp in the water:
But Sukie was just a small dog.
and the beach ball was big and beachy
and it might hit her nose,
and then it would pop,
and it might be too loud,
or it might knock her down and she might never get up again,
and she might have to live on the beach forever
and eat seaweed to survive, and besides beach balls attract lobsters.
Sukie’s young owner, Eleanor, gently encourages her to face her fears while telling a tale all little ones who have ever faced anxiety or worry will understand.
In the end, Sukie becomes brave and ventures into the sea, but not for reasons you might think. Of course, Eleanor is there with a hug and a “hooray!” for Sukie.
There Might be Lobsters
Written by Carolyn Crimi
illustrated by Laurel Molk
published by Candlewick Press 2017
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