The Crab Alphabet Book

The Crab Alphabet Book

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By Jerry Pallotta / Illustrated by Tom Leonard

This book is a little crabby.

With his signature humor and amazing facts, best-selling author Jerry Pallotta offers a decapod for every letter of the alphabet. From arrow crabs to zebra hermit crabs, young scientists will learn about a vast variety of crab species: their body parts, where they live, what they eat, and more. 

Illustrations are beautiful, bright, and scientifically accurate. Readers are welcome to be a little crabby!

Look Inside the Book:

The Crab Alphabet Book spread

Author & Illustrator Bios:

Jerry Pallotta, author

Jerry Pallotta is an award-winning author of children's alphabet books and imaginative fiction, including The Icky Bug Alphabet Book, Butterfly Counting and Colors, and The Construction Alphabet Book. Jerry lives in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Tom Leonard, illustrator

Tom Leonard has been an illustrator and teacher at the University of the Arts for many years. He's illustrated many books for children, including Who Will Plant a Tree (Sleeping Bear Press). He both wrote and illustrated Becoming Bach (Roaring Brook Press). Tom lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Awards & Honors:

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Editorial Reviews:


The crabs want readers to know that they've had it with books about cute and fluffy critters, and they're demanding their own book. This beautifully illustrated alphabet book should make them happy, as fullpage spreads offer detailed images and short informational paragraphs about decapods ranging from Arrow Crabs through to their Zebra Hermit cousins. Each page brings a fresh, up-close painting of a new variety, with the only slightly fudged offering being "I for Imocaris," a crab-like fossil from several million years ago (and be sure to check out the Ninja and Halloween varieties). There's a considerable amount of factual information packed into the relatively brief text passages, and occasional cheeky messages directly from the crabs spice things up. Young readers should be able to readily understand the content, and they'll certainly enjoy looking at the detailed pictures. Whether for group or individual perusal, school or public library, this makes for a handsome and intriguing addition to the abecedary canon.


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ISBN: 978-1-57091-144-6

ISBN: 978-1-57091-148-4

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Ages: 3-7
Page count: 32

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