Written by Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig
Illustrated by John Sandford
Target: Ages 4–8
Format: Hard Cover
Dimensions: 11″ x 9″
Co-authored by award-winning writer Corinne Demas and her science-savvy daughter, Artemis Roehrig, and illustrated by John Sandford, Does A Fiddler Crab Fiddle? will have everyone claw clapping loudly for fiddler crabs!
With its author’s note providing more information, Does A Fiddler Crab Fiddle? is an outstanding nonfiction picture book for children ages 4-8.
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.
About the Authors
Corinne Demas is the award-winning author of thirty-three books for kids and adults. Her picture books include The Disappearing Island, illustrated by Ted Lewin, (a Massachusetts Book Award Honor Book), Saying Goodbye to Lulu, illustrated by Ard Hoyt (winner of the ASPCA Henry Berg Children’s Book Award), and The Littlest Matryoshka, illustrated by Kathryn Brown.
Corinne Demas is a professor at Mount Holyoke College and a fiction editor of The Massachusetts Review. She divides her time between western Massachusetts and Cape Cod.
Website: corinnedemas.com | Twitter: @corinnedemas
Artemis Roehrig received her master’s degree from the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology program at the University of Massachusetts. Do Doodlebugs Doodle? was inspired by her work in an entomology lab, where she does research on both endangered and invasive insects. In addition to writing books for kids, she has been published in the scientific journal Environmental Entomology. Does a Fiddler Crab Fiddle? and the upcoming Do Jellyfish Like Peanut Butter? were both shaped by her work as an educator at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. She lives in western Massachusetts and loves to explore nature with her two young children.
Website: www.artemisroehrig.com | Twitter:@artemisroehrig
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.
“The humor is irresistible, and Sandford makes good use of it in his paintings…Cheerful and modestly informative.”