The Lucky Hermit Crab and Her Swirly New Shell – Book Reviews

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Editorial Reviews

 

BookLife Review Excerpt:

“In this upbeat picture book a hermit crab helps children explore how to let go and grow … Detailed and colorful, Petrie’s illustrations cleverly bring this story to life and allow kids to feel a sense of compassion for the hermit crab, which may be an unfamiliar creature to many … With her rhyming prose and obvious love of sea life, Petrie has created a playful and exciting underwater world that children will be eager to revisit.”

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Clarion Review Excerpt:

The Lucky Hermit Crab and Her Swirly New Shell is an informative picture book about a young hermit crab who learns to accept change and let go of outgrown treasures … Written in flowing rhymes, this lighthearted story also delivers educational information about sea creatures … Detailed and colorful, the illustrations keep the particulars of sea life in mind with their renderings of the hermit crab, her fellow creatures, and the terrain of the ocean floor. The octopus is a stealthy presence here, too, and young readers will have fun searching it out as it camouflages itself in the surrounding habitat.

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Reader Reviews:

 

I LOVED THIS SO MUCH!

I LOVED THIS SO MUCH! Such a fun book, love the drawings, the cute fish telling hermit crab facts, the information at the end and the sweet story. Definitely recommended for kids interested in sea creatures. I’m happy that invertebrates are featured more and more in children’s stories, they have been underrepresented for a long time! – Max Willems (Reviewer – NetGalley Review) Click here to view review on NetGalley.

 

Recommend? YES! Love it!

“Had to read it straightaway with my littluns, of course!

Review from my 6-year-old (5 stars!!): I really liked it! The pictures are pretty. And the hermit crabs are sooooo cuuuute! Hermit Crab struggles as she grows…but it works out when she finds the most perfectest shell for her!

Review from my 9-year-old (4-1/2 star): It’s good! The story is fine and all, but I really like the facts. And it’s cool that it’s nonfiction AND fiction at the same time, so no matter what, the reader will like it! Nicely done!

And from me (5 stars!): Short and sweet, with something to spot and discuss on every page (hello, octopus!). Cute and informative, without being overly obnoxiously so on either end. Even-keeled writing (neither dumbed-down nor hifalutin), which is a difficult road to thread. And yes, even I learned a thing or two, which is the author’s goal—educating all ages.” – Rebekah (goodreads reviewer)

 

Definitely recommend!

“This book was so cute! Loved that the illustrations looked like a TV cartoon and the educational tidbits would be really fun for families that have a pet hermit crab. However even for families that don’t, I think the message about the necessity for change and growth was really beautiful. Would be great for kids going through a transition to better understand the importance of change and why it is a good thing. Definitely recommend!” – Jessica M. (NetGalley Review) Click here to view review on NetGalley.

 

A gorgeously illustrated educational book:

“As a mother of four kids with ages ranging from 6-12, this book has something for everyone! From the beautiful illustrations, to the cute story that my youngest could read, to the closing pages that give a wonderful educational explanation about these sea creatures that fascinated my 12-year-old, this book is the perfect addition to any library.

It’s packed with little-known information from an author who knows everything about hermit crabs. And as part of an under-water series, it’s a must-have for any child who wants to learn about sea life while being entertained.

A 5-star quality book that your kids will cherish and learn from . . . and you’ll probably discover you’ll learn a new thing or two as well!” – Reader Girl (Amazon)

 

This is a great book.

“This is a great book. Not only does it have a great storyline, but it is filled with tidbits of information throughout.
The two pages of information at the end of the story makes this adaptable for not just youngest children, but extends to school-aged children as well.” – Melissa B. (goodreads review)

 

A fun and informative story with great illustrations.

“This was a very cute rhyming story to appeal to younger readers while also including interesting facts for older readers. The pictures are beautiful. Overall great children’s book.” – Lincoln Tan (Amazon reviewer)

 

I really enjoyed this book and it’s illustrations.

“I really enjoyed this book and it’s illustrations. Throughout the pages, the crab was the star of the show, but the other fish in the sea are very eager to share their knowledge of sea life, and they are very concerned over the hermit crabs safety…against the octopus!
I’m an adult and I learned a lot about hermit crabs reading this book….and enjoyed the additional information on the hermit crab and octopus at the end of the book.
I would absolutely recommend this book to young children.” – Carrie (goodreads reviewer)

 

The book is really wonderful.

“The book is really wonderful. I liked the illustrations and the little poems, the rhythm of it. I’m sure any child would love it. It’s instructional, it’s easy to read and from a psychological perspective I think it could help children learning about letting go of things and a healthy detachment.” – Alexandra A, (NetGalley reviewer) Click here to view review on NetGalley.

 

The illustrations are very sweet and funny! There is definitely a message:

“This book tells a story of a hermit crab looking for a new shell. When the crab has a close call, as he has grown out of this ‘perfect’ shell, the other ocean animals worry. When he finally does leave the shell and moves on to a bigger shell. A new little hermit crab moves in and finds this perfect shell and makes it his home.

The Illustrations are very sweet and funny! There is definitely a message: what once was perfect for you, might no longer be now and that it might be time to move on. Towards the end of the book, there is some more factual information about invertebrates, which is a very nice touch!” Malissa C. (NetGalley Reviewer) Click here to view review on NetGalley.

 

This book was really cute and informative.

“This book was really cute and informative. The illustrations were nice and I liked the information about the animals at the end and the fact that the fish side characters gave information about hermit crabs throughout the book. We had hermit crabs as class pets in 3rd grade, I’m sure my teacher would have loved to read this to us.” – Ray (goodreads reviewer)

 

The animals are sweet and funny, and the story is nice.

“This book tells a story of a hermit crab looking for a new shell. When disaster almost strikes the other ocean animals worry about this hermit crab and his new shell, but when he leaves the shell and moves on a new little hermit crab moves in and finds the perfect shell. The animals are sweet and funny and the story is nice. The font is a bit small but is clear and fairly easy to read. As a grade 3 teacher, I would recommend this book to parents of children in the age 4-6 range.” – Angie K. (Educator: NetGalley review) (PDF review format) Click here to view review on NetGalley.

 

Such a great book!

“Such a great book! I loved the way everything rhymed making the story fun and educational. Cute story of a hermit crab finding a new home with colorful pictures on every page.” – Sara Beth Van Cleave (goodreads reviewer)

 

Cute story

Cute story. My kids enjoyed finding the octopus on each page and learning new facts about hermit crabs. I enjoyed the rhyming flow of the story. – Valerie (goodreads reviewer)

 

Knowledge, color and poetry gift wrapped in the sea.

It is my pleasure to review The Lucky Hermit Crab by Janice S.C. Petrie. “Colorful illustrations reveal the rarely seen “quick change” of the at first reluctant, Lucky Hermit Crab to her new shells. The lurking octopus and the observations of a few fish, create an educational adventure for a variety of readers and ages. Knowledge, color and poetry gift wrapped in the sea.” – Gretchen M. Ashton (ScubaFit Review)

 

This book was a great combination of both (nature and science).

“My grandkids love watching the hermit crabs when vacationing at the beach. They both love nature and science. This book was a great combination of both as it explained how the hermit crabs find the perfect shell.” – Dawn H. (NetGalley Reviewer) Click here to view review on NetGalley.