“The humor is irresistible, and Sandford makes good use of it in his paintings. The opening, titular question is illustrated with a top-hatted crab playing a violin. Later, readers see crabs with hard hats building in sand, crabs with chef’s hats making pizza, crabs with sunglasses, skateboards, knitting needles, hockey sticks, and more. Cheerful and modestly informative, this will be most appreciated where these crabs are familiar.” — KIRKUS REVIEWS
Does A Fiddler Crab Fiddle? No! But fiddler crabs sure do some amazing things!
Starting with silly questions like the title, and moving on through increasingly-unlikely questions such as “do fiddler crabs ride a skateboard?,” and “do fiddler crabs eat pizza?,” children discover what fiddler crabs do. They don’t need a skateboard – they can move sideways so shore birds can’t catch them. They may not enjoy pizza, but they gobble up saltmarsh muck.
Using this question-and-answer format engages children immediately, and discovering just what fiddler crabs actually do satisfies their curiosity. This is the best kind of nonfiction – engaging, fun, and filled with the kinds of details that kids love.
Corinne Demas is the award-winning author of thirty books for kids and adults, including the picture books The Disappearing Island, Saying Goodbye to Lulu, and The Littlest Matryoshka, and the recent YA novel, Returning to Shore. She is a professor at Mount Holyoke College and lives part of the year on Cape Cod, a great place for observing fiddler crabs. Corinne has a dog and two donkeys. Artemis Roehrig received her master’s degree from the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology program at the University of Massachusetts. She first became interested in fiddler crabs when she worked at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Artemis lives in western MA, and loves to explore nature with her two children.
About the Illustrator
John Sandford has worked in children’s publishing for more than 30 years and has spent the last seven years as an art director with Cricket Magazine Group/ePals Media. Sandford’s work has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, CBC selections, and a Parent’s Choice Gold medal among other honors. John lives in Chicago with his wife Frances, and daughter Eleanor.