The Crab Who Went to the Moon by Gary Carse

Author Interviews, Books, Stewart Pink

Aimed at 8-12 year olds, this delightful children’s book tells the story of Shelly, a socially anxious crab forced to leave the safe haven of her cave. Accompanied by fantastic illustrations we dive into an underwater world filled with wacky, wonderful characters and littered with some laugh-out-loud quips you’ll remember long after reading. 

The opening few chapters move at an exciting, fast pace and as a sea of imagination pours from the pages, readers will find themselves fully immersed in Shelly’s page-turning journey.

In a recent interview on Phoenix FM, author Gary Carse explains his debut children’s book is “really going back to how I used to feel when I was young; new people, the prospect of talking to someone you don’t know and having to make friends with a new group… it was scary wasn’t it?” “It’s really about Shelly coming out of her shell.

There is a strong, well crafted undercurrent that guides young readers to self-confidence and overcoming anxiety in social situations throughout the book as well as highlighting the effects of ocean pollution on marine life for a young audience.

The stuff that you consume when you’re a child stays with you into adulthood so I really hope that the book helps the adults in ten years time have empathy and have awareness of ocean pollution so that they can do something about it.

With a great deal of experience in animation (Carse & Waterman), it is no surprise that bringing characters to life is something Gary does expertly in his writing too. Even inanimate objects take on a life of their own and accents bring the dialogue of sea creatures into the real world, from geordie seagulls to hippy squids! For young readers and for adults looking to read an entertaining bedtime story to the kids, The Crab Who Went To The Moon lends itself superbly to exciting re-enactments that will be an instant favourite for both parent and child. 

As a debut children’s author, this has undoubtedly seen Gary come out of his shell too but with so much to enjoy in this story, I sneakily suspect that this first instalment is a drop in the ocean of imagination that awaits young readers. 

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