The Crab Alphabet Book
Jerry Pallotta, author
Jerry Pallotta is an award-winning author of children's alphabet books and imaginative fiction, including The Icky Bug Alphabet Book, Butterfly Counting and Colors, and The Construction Alphabet Book. Jerry lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Tom Leonard, illustrator
Tom Leonard has been an illustrator and teacher at the University of the Arts for many years. He's illustrated many books for children, including Who Will Plant a Tree (Sleeping Bear Press). He both wrote and illustrated Becoming Bach (Roaring Brook Press). Tom lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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The crabs want readers to know that they've had it with books about cute and fluffy critters, and they're demanding their own book. This beautifully illustrated alphabet book should make them happy, as fullpage spreads offer detailed images and short informational paragraphs about decapods ranging from Arrow Crabs through to their Zebra Hermit cousins. Each page brings a fresh, up-close painting of a new variety, with the only slightly fudged offering being "I for Imocaris," a crab-like fossil from several million years ago (and be sure to check out the Ninja and Halloween varieties). There's a considerable amount of factual information packed into the relatively brief text passages, and occasional cheeky messages directly from the crabs spice things up. Young readers should be able to readily understand the content, and they'll certainly enjoy looking at the detailed pictures. Whether for group or individual perusal, school or public library, this makes for a handsome and intriguing addition to the abecedary canon.
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