Crabapple Trouble

Callaway just wants to do a good job–but her worries are getting in the way! A fun adventure filled with an adorable cast of fruits and vegetables, this young chapter-book graphic novel is perfect for fans of Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea.

Callaway, with her apple head and huge heart, likes to help others, grow crabapples, and spend time with her friends–but things suddenly go sideways when the town decides to hold a festival and all her friends want to enter the harvest contest! Afraid that nothing she has will be good enough, Callaway finds a friend to talk to in a fairy named Thistle.

Join Callaway and Thistle as they prepare for the festival and help their friends–and each other–along the way. A delightfully genuine story about problem-solving, having confidence in yourself, and learning that it’s okay to ask for help when you need it.


“The low-conflict plot effectively normalizes the experience of anxiety, offering strategies to deal with fretful feelings (particularly around interpersonal comparisons and high expectations), and shows how each person’s experience can help them understand others.” —Publishers Weekly

“Enchanting and surreal. . . . With whimsical artwork and honesty, this is ideal for young readers needing reassurance that they do not have to be like everyone else.” —School Library Journal

“The artwork is soft, friendly, and cheerful, with a candy-colored palette. . . . Readers will be delighted to pick up this sweet treat.” —Kirkus Reviews

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