Chronicle. May 2020. 56p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781452165042.
K-Gr 3–After a crab and a bird are threatened by a cat, they join forces, since one has always longed to fly and the other wants claws that snap. They describe themselves as Crabbird/Birdrab and are content until they both divulge their desire to swim as well as soar and pinch. Enlisting the aid of a turtle, the three become Craburtlebird—among other monikers—and feel they are “unstoppable,” until they confront a bully. Even with their combined talents, they are intimidated by the angry bear until the three convince him to collaborate with them and they become Crabburbearbird! Though they now possess myriad strengths and abilities, they are no match for the humans who are razing the forest in the name of progress, so, of course, they enlist the help of the president and Congress. Vibrant illustrations were created using Procreate on an iPad and are engaging and humorous.
VERDICT Introducing the picture book crowd to a bit of knowledge about who is in charge of passing laws, this will also delight adults in its depiction of our government.

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