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 multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 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 books have received 28 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 4 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 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 1 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, 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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