Mark C. Evans
MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing (2017)
Reviewed by Russ Cramer (age 5) for Reader Views Kids (12/17)
“Crazy Crab” by Mark C. Evans is about this crab who was really good at his job, but it’s hard for him to get out of his shell when he is sleeping, because even though he’s good at his job, he doesn’t get to do what he really wants to do. He wants to become an astronaut! Even though everyone calls him crazy, he somehow becomes an astronaut. He wrote a letter after finding a message in a bottle asking for assistance for someone to go to the moon.
I liked the drawings in the book. For example, the pearl looks like a real pearl. I also liked that Steve (the crab) was able to be an astronaut and live his dream. I did not like that I don’t know how he became an astronaut.
I love the art because I want to be an illustrator, too. I like all the colors that Mr. Page uses.
I believe all kids around the ages of five to six would like “Crazy Crab” by Mark C. Evans. I also did like the lesson in the book—you can follow your dreams.
My son seemed to enjoy this book a lot. I think other kids his age will enjoy this book. There is one part of this book that stands out to me as really weird, though. Once we are introduced to Steve the Crab’s desire to be an astronaut, it shows that he worked hard and then it shows that he was better than all the other animals—it goes really fast and seems to downplay the amount of trial and error that something like this would take. I like the idea of “follow your dreams,” but everyone who’s followed their dreams also has had to struggle and fail along the way to achieve those dreams. I think a failure should have been included along the way (especially since Steve was successful at everything he ever did, ever).