New Review from Red City Review!



★★★★  Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, written by Janice Spina and illustrated by John Spina, is a touching story about growing up and finding your place in life. The book’s main character, inspired by the author’s own pet, is a hermit crab named Clarence Henry who is missing his right front claw. This little hermit crab’s job is to clean the fish tank, so the water stays clear and free of debris. As you can imagine, Clarence Henry is rather industrious and spends most of his day zooming around the tank, hard at work. The hermit crab’s attitude—and missing front claw—make it somewhat difficult for him to fit in with the other creatures living in the aquarium, but eventually, Clarence Henry starts to feel that he’s at home.

This picture book is a safe, accessible story for young readers, and it’s especially perfect for fans of fish-centered features like Finding Nemo. John Spina’s art is vivid and colorful, the broad lines providing plenty of interest for early readers who might have difficulty connecting with more complicated art or stories. Clarence Henry is a charmingly drawn critter, with qualities that parents will be happy to instill in their children, like hard work, community involvement, selflessness, and friendliness. Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab will show readers that even though it might seem scary to get older and outgrow your current comfort zone, the best thing you can do is remain open to new experiences and willing to connect with the people you happen to meet along the way.

To purchase a copy of Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, click here to find it on Amazon.

Thank you, Red City Review, for the lovely review!

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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on Book 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 and beyond along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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3 Responses to New Review from Red City Review!

  1. Jennie says:

    Super review, Janice!!

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