I don’t normally review picture books but I saw this one recently at Writers in the Park 2013, an event for local writers to network, promote their books and attend workshops to improve their craft.
This little book is one of a series about Joe the Crab who lives on the Island of Shells. Its nondescript locale could be any island, at any point in time. Joe is the audience identification character and so is portrayed as young, likable and innocent.
The illustrations are adorable. Stolzer creates animal characters with humanistic features that will make you and your child smile. Joe’s facial expressions are priceless and Mr. Seagull looks like a very grumpy person indeed.
Joe the Crab was featured in at least 2 other titles for sale at the event and has his own website at http://www.joethecrab.com. You can find out more about Jennifer Stolzer’s work at http://www.jenniferstolzer.com. Recommended title.