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Joe the Crab Takes a Walk by Tim Hill

hill_stolzer_joethecrabI 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.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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