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We should have known!

Hurry-Up read the blog post about King and left a comment. He wants his own post, and he asked us to mention that he’s charming and handsome. Well… we honored the request. (You can read his comment under our Spotlight on King post.)

Hurry-Up is a Crabbie who irritates the adults more than kids. You see, when adults are in a rush or need to be someplace at a certain time, kids can diddle-daddle (one of Hurry-Up’s favorite words) and make the adult late. So, Hurry-Up gets all excited when Mom or Dad or the teacher or any adult has to say, “Let’s go!” And the more the adult has to say it, the more Hurry-Up likes it. He gets so excited, he might even call for Can’t-Do or Get-Along.

Say you’re playing a game and Mom calls to you to remind you that you have to leave in ten minutes to drop your sister off at her swim meet. It’s time to wash up and put your shoes on. Five minutes later, she has to remind you again. When there’s only one minute left, Mom might be a little impatient and her gentle voice becomes a bit harsh.

“I can’t get ready that fast,” you say. ” Can’t-Do surely will come running when he hears the word “can’t.” And it gets worse. Sissy is late and she’s getting crabby.

“Hurry up. I’m going to be late, you little…”

“Did I hear someone call for me?” Get-Along shouts as he rushes to the scene. “Little what? Come on… say it! Tell me! Don’t hold back!”

And that’s how you end up with not one, but three Crabbies just waiting to ruin your day.

We hope Hurry-Up likes how we explained his role. If he doesn’t, we here at Team Crabbie are sure we’ll hear from him. We’ll just remind him how charming he is.

Until next time, keep the Crabbie’s away!

Team CrabbieMasters

xoxo

 

 

 

Spotlight on King

Wouldn’t you know it? King, the leader of the Crabbies, told Team Crabbie that he was not happy because he wasn’t featured on our blog.

We wanted to do something about it, so we are featuring King. He has an important job (He asked us to say that) because he comes up with different ways to ruin the day and send in the appropriate Crabbies to do so. He’s very smart (He asked us to say that too) and he’s quite handsome (You guessed it… he asked).

The Crabbies don’t always need King. Sometimes they come up with ideas on their own to sneak in and ruin the day, but King didn’t want you to know that. He wants you to think he’s the only idea generator. We have to admit, King does try very hard to come up with new ways to ruin the day. He often holds meetings with the other Crabbies to brainstorm. Crabbies

We’ve captured a few of these meetings on our camera phones and asked our illustrator to draw them. Sometimes Miss Becky will look out the window of her preschool and see the Crabbies gathered. She knows when they’re close by that it’s time to be on the lookout to be sure they don’t sneak into the classroom. Once in a while, King will peek in the window and Becky will shoo him away.

There you have it. King has his blog post. He’s a good leader (He asked us to say that) and he’s a bit full of himself (We say that)!

Until next time, enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Team CrabbieMasters

Everybody needs a hug sometimes

Sometimes we have a bad day and think we can’t do anything right and sometimes we don’t want to try for fear of failing. Miss Becky knows that when Can’t-Do comes around, it’s time for a group hug.

Can’t-Do is an annoying crabbie. He wants you to think something is too hard. He wants you to think if you try, you won’t succeed. He wants you to think you will fail no matter what. There might be times when you do try something, but you just can’t do it. That’s when a group hug feels really nice.

Can't-Do Crabbie, crabby, scared, frightened

It’s important to remember that there will be times when we try something and it just doesn’t work. But… we tried and that’s what counts. Can’t-Do doesn’t want us to try, but we’ll show him that we aren’t afraid to fail. And we’ll show him that if we do fail, we aren’t afraid to try again and again.

Of course, if you don’t know how to do something or if you aren’t sure if it’s something you should be doing, especially if it might not be safe, ask an adult. Mom, dad, your teacher, your coach… whatever adult is present. Always get permission if you’re not sure.

When our books are released, you will get to know all the sneaky things Can’t-Do tries. And the CrabbieMasters will show you how to beat Can’t-Do!

We here at Team CrabbieMaster will leave you with a big hug!

Happy Monday!

The CrabbieMaster are happy that it’s Monday. Why are they so happy to celebrate the beginning of a new week when usually people feel blah after the nice weekend?

Because Monday brings us one day closer to spring!

“Winter is fun,” said CrabbieMaster Kay. “But sometimes the weather is stormy or too cold to play outside. I like to play outside in the fresh air.”

“I like playing in the fresh air too,” said CrabbieMaster Jay. “Fresh air helps to keep the Crabbies away.”

“That’s right, Jay,” said Kay. “Fresh air and lots of exercise help keep the Crabbies aways, especially Too-Tired, the worst Crabbie in the universe.

“Hey, did I hear someone call my name?” Too-Tired Crabbie, crabby, tired, sleepy

“Oh, Too-Tired, we were just talking about you,” Jay said. “We weren’t calling for you. Kay was just telling me how fresh air and lots of exercise are a good way to keep you away.”

“But… I don’t like it when you get fresh air, and I don’t like it when you exercise.”

“That’s too bad!” said Kay. “We know how to keep you away. We know how to keep you out of our day!”

“That’s right,” Jay agreed. “Even though it’s winter, we still get fresh air and exercise. We know it’s good for us, and you know it’s good for us, and we can’t wait for spring when we can get even MORE fresh air and exercise.”

“Fresh air. Exercise. No, no, no. I don’t like that one bit,” Too-Tired squealed.

“Too bad, Too-Tired,” Jay and Kay said together. Jay waved his cape at Too-Tired. “You can go now. Kay and I are going for a walk and we’re going to enjoy the fresh air that will help us stay healthy and help us get a good night’s sleep.”

We hope you’re looking forward to spring and more outdoor fun too!

 

Be on the lookout for Junk-Food

The weekend is here and it’s Junk-Food’s favorite time of the week. Why? Because that’s when kids (and even adults) have a tendency to indulge and sometimes over-indulge in sweets and unhealthy foods.

Junk-Food gears up for this every Friday morning. He fills himself with a sugar overload and gets ready to sneak into the day of an unsuspecting family.

“Get ready, Achy! There’s going to be lots of kiddie’s taking a trip to the candy store. There’s going to be lots of adults eating doughnuts, ice cream, candy, and MORE candy. I can’t wait.”

Junk-Food Crabbie, crabby

 

 

“I’m ready,” said Achy. “I am ready to give stomach aches to those over-indulgers. The CrabbieMasters won’t be able to stop us. We are weekend warriors!”Achy Crabbie, crabby, sick, illness, fever

“Oh, please!” said Kay. We are CrabbieMasters. We know what to do and we get right to it. We know eating too much junk food isn’t good. We know too much sugar will give us energy that won’t last. We want energy that will last the whole day.”

CrabbieMaster Kay

“You are too funny, Kay,” laughed Junk-Food. “I know you are going to a birthday party this weekend. I know you will eat too much candy and cake.”

“Silly crab. I know when I’ve had enough. I won’t overindulge,” Kay said.

“Looks like I won’t have anything to do this weekend,” Achy pouted. “I may as well go to the beach.”

“Don’t go far Achy,” Junk-Food said. “Maybe it won’t be Kay, but I will find someone who will eat too many sweets!”

“Oh, Junk-Food, just go away. Go find something else to do. The CrabbieMasters won’t let you ruin the day… or the weekend. So, goodbye!”

We here at Team CrabbieMasters hope you have a happy, safe weekend!

 

Image: Flickr/Sonya Holland

Too-Tired is put on notice

It’s not a good day for Too-Tired. He’s not happy because he’s been put “On Notice.” That means the CrabbieMasters are taking charge and not letting Too-Tired, or any Crabbie, ruin the day.

Each day at Becky’s preschool, she and her students have a morning meeting that includes a quick talk about which Crabbies might try to cause trouble in the day. They use a Magnet Board to show which Crabbies could be the day’s stinkers. Those Crabbies are put “On Notice.”

Too-Tired is almost always put on notice. If even one person in the group didn’t have quite enough sleep, Too-Tired might sneak right in and try to ruin the day.

We here at Team CrabbieMasters watched as Miss Becky put Too-Tired on notice. He rolled his eyes as if it was his first time.

Too-Tired Crabbie, crabby, tired, sleepy

Then, we heard him tell Get-Along, “You’re next. You’re going to be put on notice because the class is going to do a play and not everyone will get the part they want.”

“No! Not me!” cried Get-Along. “I don’t want to be put on notice. I don’t want anyone watching for me. I love the element of surprise!”

Too-Tired shook his head. “Well, so do I, but Miss Becky’s students keep voting to put me on notice. It’s hard to sneak up on any of them when they do that.”

“We need a plan,” said Get-Along.Get-Along Crabbie, crabby, bully

“We should talk to King,” Too-Tired said. “He will know what to do.”

Get-Along let out a big sigh. “We need to do something and fast! This magnet board is making it hard to be sneaky and those CrabbieMasters keep Powering-Up, so we can’t get anything done.”

“I know,” said Too-Tired. “We need to get King and have a group meeting. We need a solid plan to beat the CrabbieMasters. We’ll show Miss Becky! That magnet board won’t do her any good anymore!”

Oh no! What do you think will happen? Do you think the Crabbies can outsmart the CrabbieMasters?

We at Team CrabbieMaster will be watching!

Jay and Kay have good news!

The Crabbies are on the move… as in movie. That’s right! There’s a possibility that the CrabbieMasters will make it to the big screen… or the small screen… or a computer screen.

Jay and Kay have convinced “Team CrabbieMasters” to hire a screenwriter to write a script that could be turned into an animated television show or movie. The team thought it would be a good idea and the Crabbies are all excited to think that they might be brought to life… more than they are now that is.

Animated Crabbies would be very cool, don’t you think? Imagine watching King lead the gang live and in Technicolor!

King Crabbie, crabby, leader

Jay and Kay gathered all the CrabbieMasters and called for the Crabbies to come meet them under the big oak tree.

“I have great news for you all,” Jay told the Crabbies as they looked at him puzzled. After all, it’s not every day, or even any day, that the CrabbieMasters want the Crabbies to come around.

“Team CrabbieMasters held a meeting and we have decided to hire a screenwriter to write a script,” Kay said. “You will be the stars.”

“Stars?” King said. “What’s are stars? Like the stars in the sky?”

“You aren’t sending me into space,” cried Get-Along.

Too-Tired pointed to the sky. “No way am I going up there!”

“Calm down, Crabbies! You aren’t going to be stars like in the sky. You’re going to be stars like movie stars,” Jay said. “You know… like SpongeBob.”

The Crabbies were happy to hear they weren’t going to be sent up into space. “You mean, I could be as famous as Mr. Krabs?” Junk-Food asked.

“That’s what we’re hoping,” said Kay. “It’s only a start, but we have a dedicated team and we promise to do whatever it takes.”

King lifted his head high. “I hope the camera picks up my good side.”

“King, if we can get you animated, we’ll get your good side,” Kay laughed.

And so, the Crabbies excitedly walked away as did Jay and Kay.

Team CrabbieMasters is excited too! We will keep you posted on our progress.

 

A peek into the process

Greetings from the CrabbieMasters!

One of the great things about technology is that it can bring people together from anywhere in the country, or even world, to work together. This was almost impossible before the age of the Internet.

With our art director, Carol, in New York State and our illustrator, Erik, in Minnesota, the perfect way for them to work together is by Skype. Erik can put up his sketches for Carol to see and he can make changes as she watches. How cool is that?

To be able to sit at a computer and connect with someone halfway across the county makes it really cost effective too! There’s no travel expenses involved and it allows us to select people to work with from all over the world. We can work in our pajamas if we want!

When Carol and Erik Skype, Michael gets to watch. He doesn’t always understand their art lingo, but he gets to watch the process as Erik shows each sketch and makes any requested changes. Photoshop looks complicated, but Erik makes it look so easy!

This page is a sneak peek into the illustrations for our Here Come the CrabbieMasters book. As you can see, there are a lot of CrabbieMasters! We hope you’ll become one too!

Do you have a favorite Crabbie that you like to beat? We’d love to hear from you. Until next time,

POWER-UP!

Becky