Under the sea, fish do what fish do: Seahorse hides, Pufferfish puffs up, Parrotfish crunches coral, and Crab . . . bakes cakes? And so life goes on, until one night when everything changes with a splash! In the face of total disaster, can Crab's small, brave act help the community come together and carry on? Under the sea, a crab follows its heart and its calling, bringing everyone together in the wake of a disaster. Feed your craving for a hilarious, heart-warming story with Crab Cake, perfect for budding environmentalists, kids learning to cope with mishaps, and every young reader in between.
“If Accident was about taking responsibility for your mistakes, Crab Cake is about taking care of yourself when the mistake is not your own … So what a kid is going to get from this is that even when things are terrible, there is a way to fix them if people communicate and help one another … Certainly this won’t be the first book librarians think to reach for when parents walk in asking for books that help kids understand how to process trauma. It’s a bit subtler than other books that tackle that topic … This is a book with a ridiculous premise that dares to deal with raw emotional weight, and somehow, bizarrely, the combination works. Cake may not save the world, but when times are hard, it’s amazing how it helps make everything just the tiniest bit better. - Fuse 8 School Library Journal
“The tone shifts dramatically in this surprising story, from light and fun to serious and upsetting, gently but clearly showing children how everyone has unique skills and interests that they can use in support of community or a common goal. Just baking a cake might seem frivolous, but readers come away with the idea that nourishing and supporting one another is the only way to change the world. A kid-friendly yet profound confection.”- Starred Kirkus
“This act of defiance and resilience coaxes the shocked schools out of hiding to nosh, comfort one another, and find a solution. Fans of Accident! will be happy that Tsurumi’s mastery of detail, humor, and clear-eyed empathy continues in this wholly original and moving affirmation of one crab’s power to bring a community together."-Starred PW Review
“Tsurumi gracefully switches between pseudo-nonfiction snapshots of undersea life and a ridiculous tale about a crab baking for its friends. The two threads come together toward the middle of the book, when a large amount of trash is dumped into their ocean … As in her debut, Accident!, it’s Tsurumi’s illustrations that win the day. Her attention to detail and ability to create rich textures through shading and colors truly bring the animals to life. And the cartoon style makes the piece fun and lighthearted before shifting gears to show the animals fearfully looking at the blackened garbage that has infested their home. VERDICT A sweet and hopeful tale—highly recommended for one-on-one and small group sharing.“ -School Library Journal
“While entertaining, as evidenced by the playful title which recalls appetizers at a seafood restaurant, it is with serious intent and empathy that these comical comics (graphite on vellum with digital coloring) successfully communicate a theme of community and environmentalism."-Booklist
“The eco-friendly lesson goes down easy.”- New York Times Book Review
“I think it’s remarkable what Andrea Tsurumi pulls off in Crab Cake. It’s a story filled with understated humor … it’s entertaining; it’s informative; Tsurumi knows how to compose a spread well; and … we encounter an environmental message that comes across loud and clear, yet is never too heavy-handed. At its heart, it’s a story about a community banding together to make a difference and make themselves heard.“-Julie Danielson, The Horn Book
“… The animals decide on a plan to get back at the humans, and what I love about it: it’s absolutely fair. Seriously people, you can have your garbage BACK! Children will click with this, and children are smart: they know that those living in the sea would not be able to do what the characters in this book do. They know it’s up to us humans to stop creating the environmental disasters that we create … At the center of this so-good-it-makes-me-giddy-just-writing-about-it book is the absurdity of a crab who, yes, astounds with their baking skills. And that’s another reason Crab Cake works so well: the humor. This isn’t a dry purposeful lesson. No, Tsurumi fills her lovely work with visual wit and giggle-inducing imagery.”-Mr. Brian’s Picture Book Picks
“The end pages of author and illustrator Andrea Tsurumi’s new picture book Crab Cake give readers a hint of the gratifyingly offbeat nature of this story: we see jellyfish, floating deep in the ocean, with cakes at their centers … Tsurumi plays up the understated humor in expressive cartoon-like illustrations“ -Julie Danielson, Bookpage
“a wackily wondrous "be yourself" book that doubles as an activism primer.” -Shelf Awareness
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Oops! When Lola the armadillo accidentally knocks a jug of juice all over her parents’ best chair, it’s a calamity, a catastrophe, a FIASCO! She panics and decides to run away to the library. Along the way, she gathers a group of equally alarmed friends who have gotten into similar pickles. But they’re not the only ones in trouble: a stoat’s snarled in spaghetti, a bull’s broken a whole china shop, a llama’s up a tree, and someone should tell that platypus to watch out for that hose! It’s the end of the world! Or is it? While “sorry” still might be the hardest word, this silly and sincere book will help readers realize that making a mistake isn’t a disaster. And Lola just might find that a small accident can snowball into a big opportunity for forgiveness — of herself and others.
"To enjoy this book fully it is good to have a fine eye for meticulously crafted chaos. . . When we own up and take responsibility for our actions, words, and deeds, only then can we begin to make amends. Heady stuff for a book this whimsical and downright funny, but there you are. A delight from start to finish with a message worth considering, kids and parents alike will get a lot out of what Tsurumi’s serving here. A classic in the making."—Betsy Bird, Fuse #8, School Library Journal
"There are kids who seem to court trouble, and there are kids who live in fear of doing anything even vaguely wrong. Those junior catastrophizers populate this groovy debut, in which a bug-eyed armadillo named Lola sets off a raucous chain of events when she knocks over a pitcher of fruit punch. Mortified, she flees to the library, planning to hide there “till I’m a grownup.” En route she’s joined by creatures escaping their own disasters. The action is largely in the thickly detailed images, lending an updated Richard Scarry-style vibe."—New York Times Book Review
“The pandemonium accelerates to intentionally and very funny hyperbolic proportions—it’s not easy to keep such chaos as effortless to follow with one’s eyes as Tsurumi makes it —with an entire town of creatures unable to accept, at least until the end, that sometimes accidents happen; you can accept this; and then you can try to fix it. I can’t wait to see what Tsurumi does next. Bonus: There’s a surprise under the dustjacket."—Julie Danielson, Kirkus
"This useful message is simply and effectively conveyed through the minimal text, but it’s the detailed, humorous illustrations that will fascinate and engage readers and viewers. Using graphite and digital color, Tsurumi sets the vibrant and messily unspooling chains of calamities against a tidily contained world and restful, clean white space. Kids who love Richard Scarry–style layouts or Rube Goldberg machines will pore over these pages trying to piece together all the mini-events . . ."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Besides honing visual-literacy skills, this is a neat vehicle for developing vocabulary, as pertinent themed words ("FIASCO!"; "MAYHEM!") are wittily incorporated into the comical illustrations as sound effects or speech-balloon dialogue."—Kirkus
“Tsurumi comically gets to the heart of how children frantically worry about mistakes, and poring over the riotous illustrations is pure joy. This will delight again and again."—Sarah Hunter, Starred Booklist Review
"In her first picture book, cartoonist Tsurumi offers an ingenious and utterly hilarious take on this important moral issue. Her sprawling but precisely drawn and crisply colored spreads ... are utterly crammed with screw-ups that reward sharp-eyed readers"—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Bird is just about to put the finishing touches on her new home when she suddenly finds that her nest is already full--of someone else. So she reluctantly builds another nest. But Fox finds this new nest quite comfy, and Brush Hog loves the view from Bird's next attempt. Soon the Acacia tree is bursting with happily nested animals of all shapes and stripes—everyone except bird! But when Bird finally finds a way to evict her unwelcome guests, the animals realize their mistake and build a nest that's big enough for all of them. Well, almost...
"Tsurumi’s expressive animals (sometimes uppity, sometimes sheepish—all forming a dejected, collective slump when they realize how they’ve treated their friend) definitely rule the roost . . . the visual storytelling easily engages readers, perhaps most impressively as the little bird scowls with determination, perched on a wildebeest’s horns as it charges directly at readers. Giggle-inducing buffoonery; but thankfully, bigger rivals don’t get the last laugh."-Kirkus
"Absurd humor and frantic frustration fit Tsurumi (Crab Cake) like a glove, and as much as readers will sympathize with the bird, it’s also great fun to see how this exuberantly talented illustrator stuffs a tree full of surprising denizens. All dialogue-balloon text by Sterer (The Night Knights) nails how infuriating it can feel to be on the receiving end of unabashed selfishness (“It fits me better. You must understand,” the implacable elephant says). And both creators give the protagonist just enough mettle to foreshadow a happy outcome—one in which the bird gets the highly satisfying last word."-Starred PW Review
“Every time the little bird builds a nest, another animal claims it. Soon a gorilla, a giraffe, an elephant, a zebra, and others decide they want to live in a nest high in the treetop. As day turns to night, the exhausted bird has had enough. The creatures come to a compromise in a conclusion that will satisfy a young audience. The first page serves as foreshadowing as all the former ground dwellers are carefully watching the original nest being built. Large, clear illustrations add even more humor to this poor bird’s preposterous predicament. VERDICT An enormously amusing read-aloud choice.”- School Library Journal
"Aided by Tsurumi’s humorous cartoon drawings that feature a reoccurring group of five girls, the text takes students through the entire process of a coding project. Saujani stresses the importance of planning, critical thinking, implementation, and debugging . . . VERDICT This timely, well-written title is an excellent resource for budding coders; it bridges the wide gap between simple how-to guidebooks and complex coding textbooks."—School Library Journal Starred Review
"For readers new to coding and computer science, Saujani makes its importance and potential clear, showing girls that coding is, in essence, a problem-solving tool that they can use to invent, explore, and take charge."—Publishers Weekly
"Explaining the history and rational behind coding in a conversational way, this book is an exciting find for middle school girls. It begins by giving readers the definitions of common terms they will need to understand. This title is in many ways a "textbook" for coding, but is disguised as a fun read; illustrations and blurbs throughout help keep the content interesting."—School Library Connections, starred review
"Rather than serving as a manual for a specific coding language, this book has two focuses: encouraging girls that coding is something they can do and guiding them to entry points that will make programming relevant to their specific interests."—Kirkus
Written by David Goodner | Early Chapter Book, full color illustrations
“Kondo is big. Kezumi is little. They lived on an island with fruit trees and berry bushes and flitter-birds and fluffle-bunnies.
When a surprise bottle washes ashore, they discover a map with a mysterious message: WE ARE NOT ALONE. Kezumi wants to follow the map and explore the world. Kondo wants to stay home and pick fruit from the fruit tree and berries from the berry bushes. But once Kezumi builds the perfect boat, the best friends set sail together to see . . . well, they don’t know!
So begin the adventures of Kondo and Kezumi, where islands of cheese and giant mountains await. Rising stars David Goodner and Andrea Tsurumi team up for this three-book illustrated chapter-book series filled with charming quirks and unexpected discoveries. Get ready to set foot on uncharted territory with classic themes of friendship, community, and exploration.”
“Goodner and Tsurumi’s brightly illustrated chapter book should find favor with fans of Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen’s similarly designed Mercy Watson series. Short, wry, descriptive sentences make for an equally enjoyable experience whether read aloud or independently. Episodic chapters move the action along jauntily . . . A story of friendship that is both lively and lovely.”- Kirkus Reviews
“After she finds an intriguing map in a bottle, adventurous Kezumi—a small orange island dweller—persuades her much warier and larger companion, yellow Kondo, to build a boat and explore. One of the islands they find is made of cheese, another is dark and frightening, and the third is the home of a friendly volcano named Albert, whose loneliness requires deft handling. (When they discover that they can’t leave the island because their boat has disappeared, Kezumi suspects Albert: “IT DID BLOW AWAY... BECAUSE I BLEW IT AWAY,” the landmass confesses.) In prose that’s both simple and dynamic, Goodner offers a realistic sequence about boat building: “They had to make it float. Then they had to make it sail. Then they had to make it turn.” Food-gathering and other foraging scenes add fascinating survival elements, and smooth, polished artwork by Tsurumi features monster-esque characters with expressive faces as well as luxuriant flora and fauna. The personal relationships, various environments, and building projects provide multiple points of engagement to keep new readers motivated. Ages 6–8.”-Starred PW