Did the author of this book interview my kid or something? This story is based on my life.

Title: You’re a Crab! A Moody Day Book
Author and Illustrator: Jenny Whitehead
Rating: 8
Readability:  7
Source: Raincoast Books for review

Description from Goodreads:

Some days, it’s easy to feel friendly or funny or silly. But other days, it’s easier to feel mad or mean or snappy—in other words, to be 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!

What I Thought:

It’s hard being a kid sometimes. They have these big, gigantic emotions, but not the skills to handle them. Enter: temper tantrums.

I don’t know if you’ve heard the term “threenager,” but that’s a three year old teenager. Evelyn is a fournager. (Which looks like a French word but I’m pretty sure isn’t.) She can get into the grumpiest moods at the drop of a hat – usually hers – and as a mother it is simply exhausting trying to keep up. The little crab in this book reminded me so much of her!

The illustrations are super cute, and the mixed media way in which Whitehead constructed them is wonderful. The colours and tones are beachy and light, and there are lots of different sea creatures featured, which makes this book a perfect read for talking about the ocean.

The Squid’s invitation to a Pity Party was totally hilarious. When I showed my husband he laughed out loud! It made me want to throw one.

I love the parent’s attitude towards the crabby child. They keep trying and trying to help them out of their mood. And sometimes it works! And sometimes it doesn’t. And that’s okay, too. (Something I think we all need to be reminded of.)

I loved that on the last page, the child is reassured that sometimes bad moods are just bad moods. And if they want to be a hermit crab and just stay inside all day, that we will stay right there with them.


Here’s the pity party invite:

you're a crab illustration


It’s okay to be a crab! But only sometimes. Let’s not get carried away…


Do you guys know any other good books about moods? We could use some suggestions over here!