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Hector the hermit crab is very shy. He avoids contact with other creatures whenever possible. But one day a flower appears on his shell, and suddenly Hector becomes the focus of everyone's attention. He thinks his fellow crabs aren't friendly, but he is soon proved wrong:the others compliment him, much to his surprise, and he learns that making friends isn't nearly as difficult as he'd imagined.
This vibrant and uniquely illustrated picture book has a childlike humor and simple message that will be felt deeply by anyone who has ever wished to crawl into a shell and hide.
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This is Katie Boyce's first book for children. It was originally conceived as a project in her illustration course at Kingston University. She says of the book, "I wanted kids who were shy to be able to relate to Hector. He discovers that when he actually starts talking to the other crabs it isn't so scary after all." She lives in England.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 3-Shy little Hector hates attention. But, alas, the fates deal him a terrible blow when flowers start to grow on his shell. Despite his attempts to remove them, more appear and the other sea creatures want a look. When he begs to be left alone, they all admit that they wish they had flowers, too, and he realizes that "Making friends wasn't so difficult after all." While this line seems to be the message of the story, there is little plot development to support it. The busy pictures, done in a style that resembles children's art, are not appealing-the flowers look like striped socks with toes and some sea creatures look like tugboats. A nonessential purchase.
Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT
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